Issue by Issue – All-Star Squadron #58

All-Star_Squadron_Vol_1_58Writer – Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas
Penciler – Arvell Jones
Inker – Vince Coletta
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letterer – David Cody Weiss

Things are essentially back to normal for the heroes of the All-Star Squadron, that is except for the missing members of the Justice Society. Why they disappeared and how to get them back remains a mystery, but in the meantime as the team tries to figure out that out, they need to rebuild their headquarters and everyone chips in except Batman and Robin who went back to Gotham. Not everything is sunshine and roses as the Squadron put their backs into it as they get a gate crasher who goes by the name of Mekanique. What her purpose is, is unknown, but she is determined to accomplish it. Roy Thomas brings things back to normal with a story that finally sees the Squadron trying to get things back in shape and bantering with each other as they do it. This is the type of story that has been missing from the book for a while now and it is good to see Thomas finally bring it back to basics. The budding relationship between Hourman and Firebrand is dragged to a screeching halt as Danette does not want to blur the lines between work and personal romance, which is probably for the best though Hourman is a little down about it. Not only has he lost the use of his Miraclo, but now he has also lost the girl. There are some great moments with Robotman who has only ever been more man than robot where it counts and he proves it here when he fixes the Perisphere’s robotic manservant and then intervenes in the battle between the Squadron and Mekanique before she gets destroyed. Robotman has always been a fascinating character and so it was really great to see Thomas focus some of the issue on him and his current woes. All in all, a good issue that leaves some question remaining, especially about the fates of the missing Society members, but we are sure to find out later knowing Thomas.

3 out of 5

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