Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron #50

All-Star_Squadron_Vol_1_50Writer – Roy Thomas
Penciler – Mike Clark, Arvell Jones
Inker – Vince Coletta, Tony DeZuniga
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letterer – David Cody Weiss

The fiftieth issue of the All-Star Squadron’s title finds the book tying into DC’s big event of 1985, Crisis on Infinite Earths. It begins with a meeting of the Justice Society and ends with the Squadron members lost in time. In-between, a lot of stuff happens courtesy of writer Roy Thomas including the Justice Society getting captured, including the Spectre and Wonder Woman who should have been able to resist what was thrown at them. Liberty Belle and Johnny Quick get married which was unexpected but nice to see while the rest of the Squadron do a charity gig when all of a sudden, Firebrand essentially gets shanghaied into helping out the mysterious Harbinger. There are a lot of good things going on in this book, but it is a little confusing as to why Thomas would even put the Justice Society in this book as they clearly play a very minor role and have nothing to do with the main story whatsoever. There is that chance that they could play a part in a future issue but for now, it was a strange sequence of events that did not really lead anywhere. It is good to see the rest of the Squadron all back together again, including the Shining Knight who has not been an active member in some time. Also making appearances this issue are Phantom Lady, the Freedom Fighters, Plastic Man and almost every hero who was ever a member of the team at some point aside from Batman and Superman. There is even a third plotline involving Steel who is off on a mission to rescue the husband of his ex-wife who is being held by the Germans and you have to feel bad for the guy that his wife moved on without him, even though he was mostly to blame for it. All in all, a jam-packed issue full of drama and action and a ton of mystery to boot!

4 out of 5

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