Issue by Issue – Young All-Stars #5

Writer – Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas
Artist – Brian Murray, Howard Simpson
Inker – Malcolm Jones III, Alfredo Alcala, Bob Downs
Colours – Shelley Eiber
Letters – Jean Simek

Continuing straight off of the last book, soon after Tsunami surrendered herself to the prison where the rest of the Japanese are being held, the rest of the team are getting a little downtime at the local dancehall. The team is perturbed at recent events and one has to wonder if they can even call themselves a team as they were simply thrown together by the President and the members of the All-Star Squadron. Iron Munro wants to dance with Fury and Fury will have none of it and so he storms off, accompanied by Flying Fox and the two, while simply going for a walk, end up finding trouble in the form of Axis Amerika after picking up a couple of girls. Roy Thomas and company bring the hurt down upon the two heroes and while it is a lucky thing that Dyna-Mite and Fury followed the two, they are not enough to make the difference when it comes to the might of the German villains. So it is that the heroes are captured while Dyna-Mite is left alive, able to tell his story and lead the rest of the team into what is certain doom. There was some good action in the book and yet more than that, there was some great drama as Thomas puts the spotlight on the team and how they function with each other when there are no bad guys to face and no work to be done. At the moment, as they have no connection to each other, it is not working out so well, especially in the aftermath of the loss of Tsunami and it particularly eats at Neptune Perkins. After a bit of a blow-up, he also leaves the team and so what was a team that was fracturing at the edges is now fully fractured and it is hard to say if they will be able to come together when it matters most. Brian Murray and Howard Simpson continue to make it all come to life and they are much improved from when they first started upon the book doing Thomas’ script justice. The book leaves off on Tsunami, somewhat broken by the state she now finds herself in, not to mention her family and readers have to know that it will probably not take very long for something to happen and the young woman soon finding herself free once more.

3.5 out of 5

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