Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron #55

All-Star_Squadron_Vol_1_55Writer – Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas
Penciler – Arvell Jones
Inker – Vince Coletta
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letterer – David Cody Weiss

Firebrand and her band of time-lost heroes are off to save the space shuttle in 1985. Upon arriving there though, they find it being attacked by Super Chief and a large group of Native Americans. Of course, a huge battle ensues with things not being exactly what they seem. This issue turned out to be a lot of fun with a lot of action taking place within its pages. Why they have to save the space shuttle is a little unclear, perhaps due to historical significance or some such and when they finally realize that they should not be fighting each other, but instead a classic villain from the All-Star Squadron’s past, and future, they quickly make short work of the real enemy. Aside from all the great B characters that make an appearance in this book, there is also one of the greatest characters ever created by Roy Thomas in Arak, Son of Thunder who also shows up to lend a hand. While the story was quite enjoyable and you could breeze through it in no time at all, it did kind of feel like a throwaway issue due to it not having any real ramifications for either the All-Star Squadron or for Crisis on Infinite Earths, of which this was a tie-in issue. Yes, things have been interesting and it is nice to see our heroes mix it up with other ones that they may not normally come into contact with, but it would be nice to see them finally get back to doing stories that simply involve them and them only. So, good as a whole, but they need to get back to basics. For added measure there is a backup tale with Sandman too!

3.5 out of 5

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