Issue by Issue – Young All-Stars #26

Writer – Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas
Artist – Ron Harris
Inker – Bob Downs
Colours – Shelley Eiber
Letters – Jean Simek, Carrie Spiegle

Arn Munro has had enough and as such, is quitting the team much to the amazement of his fellow teammates. Admittedly, things have not been going so well for them given the events of the past involving Axis Amerika and Baron Blitzkrieg and what with Tigress dying. At first, he will not say why he is leaving and it bothers the team as Tsunami is already laid up in the hospital on the other side of the country with Neptune at her side. As it is, Tigress miraculously pulls through but there is something off about her, something different and it is noticeable immediately so much so that she starts acting more like a villain than the hero she recently was. Roy Thomas changes the status quo of the book at this point as Tigress turns on the team and joins up with the one who raised her from the dead. As for Arn, this is the last straw and he decides to leave, hoping to look and find his father whom he has learned might be alive thanks to Ubermensch. Thomas keeps the hits coming for the team as he gives readers a peek at what is happening with Neptune and Tsunami and it is nothing good as some hot under-the-collar GI’s are looking to put the hurt on Tsunami for being who she is and when Neptune dares to stand up to them, he finds himself in their crosshairs too. When all is said and done, four members of the team are gone – Arn looking for his father, Tigress now turned to the dark side while Tsunami and Neptune are now labelled as traitors for standing up to those who would oppress them or worse. Thomas writes a good story and changes things up quite a bit for the book’s foreseeable future, though one has to be hopeful that they are able to pull together sooner rather than later. Ron Harris continues to do a great job at making it as exciting as possible and the book never fails to grab the reader’s attention between what he and Thomas lay down on the page. Where it goes from here one can guess but it is definitely worth the time and money to find out with the next issue.

4 out of 5

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