Issue by Issue – Young All-Stars #14

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

Iron Munro, grievously injured by the Blood Avenger in the last issue, is finally coming to within Project M, his friends all around him. Thankfully, the man is healing quickly thanks to his unique biology which amazes the doctor and for his part, Iron cannot wait to get up and go and see if he and the rest of the team can rescue Fury from herself. As it is, the team gets grounded by the All-Star Squadron who are not overly happy about the deception involving Fury. Elsewhere, Per Degaton is causing all sorts of havoc involving Deathbolt which causes the comatose Miss America to awaken and the death of a guard. All of this leads to chaos in the underground lab which leads to some of the heroes to try and save the day including Amazing Man who temporarily transforms into an electromagnet in order to save Robotman, thereby unwittingly transforming his powers on what might be a permanent basis, something seen in the dream Fury had all those issues ago. Roy Thomas crafts a fine tale, one that definitely excites and one packed with a lot of drama. The man also sets things up for the Annual issue which is to follow this one and which should be the culmination of events he has been planning since the very first. This of course involves Mekanique who has revealed herself to Per Degaton as not only a robot whose motivations may not be as pure as the Squadron suspects but a knowledgeable one who can help him with his time travel equations. As for the good guys, Thomas and artist Howard Simpson send them off on a lead to rescue Fury, which they do so against orders and along the way they also manage to run into the Ultra-Humanite whose brain for those that remember is within the body of a dinosaur. Surprisingly, though the team is a little overpowered, they have learned from their last encounters with the two monsters and end up pulling out a win in the end with Fury back safe and sound with no memory of what has transpired while the Ultra-Humanite has escaped once again. Altogether, this was a very solid issue that leads right into the first aforementioned Young All-Stars Annual and if it is as good as this series has been thus far, readers are in for a treat.

4 out of 5

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