Issue by Issue – Young All-Stars #4

Writer – Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas
Artist – Brian Murray, Howard Simpson
Inker – Malcolm Jones III, Danny Bulanadi
Colours – Gene D’Angelo
Letters – Jean Simek

It is always a tough thing getting to know someone new, especially when people are thrust together by circumstance be that work or a disaster or what have one. In this particular case, it just so happens to be wartime and an attack by a group of super-baddies called Axis Amerika who were looking to take out the All-Star Squadron would provide one of those moments for a number of young men and women. Now they find themselves on a goodwill tour of sorts, junior members of the All-Star Squadron and forced to work together without knowing a lick about each other, of who they are or where they came from. So it is that this situation that Roy Thomas and company create leads to the perfect opportunity to go into the various origins of each member as they head to their first stop on the tour. First up is Sandy who has only come on the trip so that he might keep an eye on Tsunami and then it slowly goes through each member of the team before finally finishing up with Iron Munro who refuses to tell what is only for him to know. Arriving at the show, it almost goes off without a hitch until some racists decide to get a little antsy and after that, Thomas puts the focus on Tsunami for the remainder of the book. For Tsunami, she has had a weight on her mind ever since meeting the rest of her new team and that is due to the fact that her parents and her siblings find themselves in determent camps, something she finds horribly wrong. She is not the only one and the rest of the team sympathizes with her even though they cannot know exactly what she is going through. This leads her to make a decision that may very well cost her in more ways than one and it leaves the book off on a tragic note, not necessarily due to the actions that Tsunami has taken but the entire affair and of just how wrong it truly was and is to do such a thing to law-abiding citizens based simply on their ethnicity. Thomas writes a good tale and while there were no costumed villains present, one still managed to rear its head and it is one whose actions continue to be felt in the present.

3.5 out of 5

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