Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron #54

All-Star_Squadron_Vol_1_54Writer – Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas
Penciler – Mike Clark, Arvell Jones
Inker – Vince Coletta, Alfredo Alcala
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letterer – David Cody Weiss

The Monster Society of Evil is still doing their thing, now with Oom as their leader as Mr. Mind is stuck in the alternate dimension where Captain Marvel resides. Of course, with Oom in charge and because Oom delights in destroying things and thinks he is undefeatable, they head over to attack the All-Star Squadron’s headquarters. It is a mistake that they will soon live to regret. Action abounds in the fifty-fourth issue of the All-Star Squadron and it is a better issue than the last couple have been as Mr. Mind, the cartoon worm is gone and Ramulus, the character with the worst name of all time, takes a back seat. The book is also a tie-in to the DC mega-event, Crisis on Infinite Earths and as such, we see a little of Harbinger and Firebrand who was taken away to help in the coming conflicts. Roy Thomas finally starts to get this book back on track after a rough couple of issues and because of that, we get a lot of action on multiple fronts as well as a smattering of drama to balance it all out. Most of the regular Squadron is here with only a few members not present and the rest of the cast filled out with members from the Justice Society. They make short work of the Monster Society and hopefully, it is the last we see of them for quite some time. The end of the book is left off with Firebrand leading a squad of heroes made up of time-lost characters due to the Crisis including the Trigger Twins, The Black Pirate, The Golden Gladiator, Miss Liberty, The Roving Ranger, Don Cabellero, The Silent Knight, The Viking Prince and Thomas’ own creation, Valda, the Iron Maiden from the title she shares with Arak, Son of Thunder. It is a varied team to be sure, but one that looks like a lot of fun and hopefully we will get to see them in action soon. Once the tie-ins are finished, it will be nice to see the book get back to normal and see our heroes in some great new adventures.

3 out of 5

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