The origin of Sir Justin, the Shining Knight is the latest epic to grace this book and it is a wonderful tale that balances cliché with fun. In King Arthur’s court, Sir Justin is still fairly new and so when a mission arises, he volunteers so that he might prove his worth. Along the way, Sir Justin runs into Merlin who aids him by means of magical worth, giving our hero some new armour, a new weapon and Victory a set of wings so that he might help his master. The book has it all thanks to Roy Thomas and Tony DeZuniga – a grand adventure, action, excitement, a fearsome creature, tragedy and time travel, of a sort. This is your classic hero’s journey, albeit with a couple of twists to make it interesting, one being Merlin who cannot stop accidentally referencing the future when talking to Sir Justin. As we already know that Sir Justin is a member of the All-Star Squadron, it only remained to be seen how he made it into the future and he did so Captain America-style, in an iceberg. Maybe it was not in the most original way, but it is still a great bit of science-fiction to see as it is almost in the realm of possibility should it ever actually happen. While it was highly interesting to see Sir Justin in his own time, something that is hardly ever shown, seeing him first appear in modern times, at least as modern as 1941 can be, was a lot of fun. The man out of time theme has been used many a time over the years and when done right, as it is here; it can make for a very enjoyable reading experience. Again, as with the last issue, there are no other members of the Squadron present which is just fine as the book is written and drawn so well. This was a great done-in-one issue showcasing the origin of one of the Squadron’s most intriguing members.
4 out of 5