Issue by Issue – Young All-Stars #8

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

Flying Fox and Iron Munro are enjoying the day, having a chat about what has happened to them the last little while and how Iron misses his mom. Heading back to the headquarters of the All-Star Squadron in order that he might give her a call, the two heroes as well as the rest of the Young All-Stars discover that Green Lantern seems to be acting strange and is aiding the enemy. How and why this came about remains to be seen but the All-Stars know that they have to do something, especially as the rest of the Squadron are not around to do as such. Roy Thomas writes a decent tale considering that this book is part of the Millenium crossover and thus has to incorporate whatever it is that DC has mandated him to include. Considering that there has been very little of late taking place in the title, having the book take part in the crossover is not such a bad thing as it finally lets the team see some action. Also in this book are a couple of Manhunters and it is hard to say if one or both or neither are spies though one can be sure that the dog belonging to Dan Richards is and as readers will soon notice, Doiby Dickles who was not only a robot but self-destructs in order to keep the mission the Young All-Stars are on a secret from the rest of the Squadron. As it is, the team heads for Alaska where they encounter Green Lantern, currently scaring a bunch of Eskimos with visions of what they worship. What follows is a battle of course, and for a very brief moment, the All-Stars get the upper hand but it is just a moment and Green Lantern escapes to continue doing whatever it is he was up to. Though this was not the worst issue of any book ever written, it was slightly frustrating not knowing what Green Lantern was up to and as it has to do with Millenium, one has to wonder if that plot thread will even be concluded in this title. One should not have to read another book to understand what is going on in this one.

3 out of 5

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