Issue by Issue – Young All-Stars #25

Writer – Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas
Artist – Ron Harris
Inker – Bob Downs
Colours – Shelley Eiber
Letters – Helen Visek

Issue twenty-five of Young All-Stars features the final chapter of Atom and Evil by Roy Thomas and Ron Harris and they make it a story well-worth picking up as the book finds what remains of the team and their new allies facing off against Baron Blitzkrieg, Axis Amerika and the villains they have partnered with. Of late, the Nazis and their cohorts have been abducting scientists as well as a lot of uranium and even more than that, they have been beating the All-Stars at every turn, both by succeeding in their various missions and in the battles with the do-gooders opposed to them. This all leads to their master plan to destroy America from within starting with Kansas City and the surrounding area. Out to stop them are a ragtag group of heroes made up of All-Stars, the heroes of foreign nations and the Atom. It is, to say the least, a little one-sided and yet as the battle rages, things happen to turn the tide and it all ends up working out in their favour, the day is saved and there is no nuclear fallout to be seen in any way, shape or form. There are a number of notable moments in this book such as The Horned Owl who is looking to gain vengeance upon Dyna-Mite for the death of his son Fledermaus. While the man gets close, that vengeance is again stymied though one has to know that nothing will stop Owl from trying again which makes one wonder just when it might come to pass, if ever. Another involves Ubermensch and Arn Munro whom Thomas reveals to be brothers, quite possibly that is if Ubermensch is to be believed with some photographic proof that shows Arn’s father to be alive. Again, if Ubermensch is to be believed. This is followed by a great fight between the two men and just when Arn is about to kill his nemesis, he is stopped by Gudra who offers the life of the deceased Tigress in exchange for allowing Ubermensch to live. It also comes with a warning that when a person comes back from the dead, they are not the same person as they were beforehand. As it is, Thomas and company wrap this story up nicely and neatly which also leaves readers wondering just how they are going to follow it up and can it get any better.

4 out of 5

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