Roy Thomas can usually deliver a solid origin tale when he needs to and this time he does so with Libby Lawrence, better known as Liberty Belle. In this issue, Libby relates her story to Tarantula for his post-war book, all about her time growing up with her dad in the army and the events that led up to her finally donning a costume and fighting for the cause of good. The story is packed with suspense and intrigue as we see Libby go from the unassuming child of a Major to a girl caught up in the intricacies of Nazis, spies and double agents to becoming a reporter, trying to aid the war effort in the best way that she knows how. After a lot of duplicity and information that she finds quite disconcerting, not to mention taking a trip to the actual Liberty Bell where she finds that it has a strange effect on her, she soon finds that she can help out the home country in another way, that as a crime-fighting superhero. There is a lot of action and Roy Thomas really gives the readers a lot of bang for their buck. This is probably the most detailed origin issue yet to be found in the entire run of All-Star Squadron and it is really quite interesting to see one of the more central characters to the book finally get a shot at a solo tale, even if it should take place in the past. A truly fantastic and well-done issue in every way.
4 out of 5