Issue by Issue – Young All-Stars #1

Writer – Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas
Artist – Vince Argondezzi, Michael Bair, Brian Murray
Inker – Malcolm Jones III
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letters – David Cody Weiss

With the first issue of Young All-Stars, the team at this point has not come together to be a team and thus, readers are introduced to the various members throughout the course of the book in a variety of scenes beginning with Helena Kosmatos, also known as Fury. She is having strange dreams and they involve the All-Star Squadron and a villainous robot called Mekanique. Realizing that Helena cannot know what she does, Johnny Quick and Liberty Belle take her to see the rest of the team. The book then cuts to Neptune Perkins who is out having a swim when he runs into the woman named Tsunami, the latter wanting to end her life due to the shame she feels with her family being forced into a Japanese internment camp. There is a brief scene that finds the Flying Fox out amongst some fighter planes until the book cuts to the costumed heroes called TNT and Dyna-Mite who are looking to stop the Nazis from blowing up a damn. What is most interesting about this particular part of the book is that author Roy Thomas actually kills off TNT, something rarely seen in one of his books and while the man was not a major player, it shows that Thomas means business and that this story he is telling has consequences. This final arc also brings Iron Munro into the picture who takes care of those Nazis, meets Gudra who is supposedly a Valkyrie and leaves it all on a cliff-hanger introducing the big bad of this first arc in the form of Axis America. Again, written by Thomas, the story moves along at a decent pace and transitions fairly well between the various segments within but the artwork leaves a little to be desired as the artists who make it come alive on the page do mesh very well with each other. It is not completely jarring but it should have been far smoother than it was, especially for a first issue. Thankfully, Thomas would be able to hold it all together and with it only being the first issue, one has to know that Thomas is going to connect all the dots sooner rather than later and bring all of these heroes together, especially as he has already introduced the bad guys they will eventually be facing off against.

3 out of 5

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