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Issue by Issue – Infinity Inc. #11

Writer – Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas
Artist – Don Newton, George Tuska
Inker – Mike Machlan, Tony DeZuniga
Colours – Adrienne Roy, Anthony Tollin
Letters – John Clark, David Cody Weiss

In the aftermath of the events that took place over the last ten issues of this series, the JSA and the Infinitors take a moment to reflect on everything that happened and that includes the Star-Spangled Kid. He thinks back to a funeral he went to for The Crimson Avenger along with the rest of the Seven Soldiers of Victory, or at least those who remained. That leads him even further down the rabbit hole as he ponders on his old partner Stripesy, the one and only Pat Dugan. Having not seen his old friend in quite some time, Sylvester Pemberton decides to head out on the road so that he might catch up with Dugan. Roy Thomas opens the book packed with heroes and then completely changes the tone a third of the way through and for the better as it focuses squarely upon the relationship between friends Sylvestor and Dugan. He of course throws in a little conflict with some low-key gangsters who have been harassing Dugan for a while, to the point where they decide to kidnap his some and use him as a form of insurance to prevent the two heroes from interfering in the crime or crimes they mean to perpetrate and it all turned out to be a really good story. The friendship between the two men is fractious at best, Dugan holding in some animosity he seems to have had for ages, finally letting it all out thanks to the circumstances they now find themselves in. For his part, Pemberton had no idea that Dugan had felt like that and with a little conversation, the two manage to mend their fences just in time to rescue the kid and put a stop to the criminals just like they used to do all those years ago. Despite this being a team book, it was good of Thomas to inject a little something different into the title. Joining him on the book is Don Newton and George Tuska who take over the artistic duties from Jerry Ordway and it looks just as good, especially those scenes spotlighting the Star-Spangled Kid and his partner Stripesy. A great book that will hopefully lead to more stories like this featuring the other various cast members of the series.

4 out of 5

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