Issue by Issue – Young All-Stars #9

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

A young woman in Jamaica goes swimming and runs afoul of a handsome young man with a scar on his face that turns out to be none other than Baron Blitzkrieg. Surrounded by Germans, she finds the situation a little helpless until Green Lantern shows up and he soon makes short work of them all until he is felled by the butt of a gun which is made of wood. The Young All-Stars meanwhile, are heading to Jamaica as well on the trail of Green Lantern whom they had a run-in with in the last issue and they are looking for answers as to his strange behaviour of late and to discover if he is indeed a traitor to his country. Roy Thomas continues the mystery he recently began and also brings Tigress in fully with her first full appearance with the team as she has stowed away on their plane. It is revealed that she wants to join the team as she is more than qualified and even older than some of the All-Stars currently present even though she is only eighteen. A strange fascination with Manhunter is also disclosed by Tigress and it is one that has led her to become an expert with the crossbow as well as a martial artist. As it is, the team allows her to accompany them and they soon reach their destination where they eventually encounter the Nazis while looking for Green Lantern and the young woman. A battle breaks out as it should given that Nazis need beating up whenever they are come upon and given that most of them are regular men, the fight is fairly easy aside from Baron Blitzkrieg who is the devil-made flesh. As it goes on, Thomas has Green Lantern aid the All-Stars and the man soon comes to his senses, unaware of his past actions with no memory of the why or wherefore. After claiming victory and heading back home, the team votes on the status of Tigress and the Green Flame which resides in Alan Scott’s ring lets the team know the reason for what has been going on, tying it all into the Millenium crossover and finishing it up with a nice, neat bow. This ended up being one of the better issues so far with some good team interaction, some good action, a new member and some solid artwork from Brian Murray who continues to get better with every passing issue.

3.5 out of 5

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