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Showcase Presents: All-Star Squadron Vol. 1 Paperback – April 24, 2012
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The Good- the stories and illustrations are fantastic. The use of well-known (and little-known) characters and the integration of a parallel story with other JSA stories from the 1940's. The character and plot development is absolutely fantastic. The introduction of a new Firebrand character and the development of the Shining Knight is one of the hi-lites of the first few issues as well as the re-introduction of Steel. Plastic Man as the FBI liason is pure genius and great writing. These books made me a fan of Jerry Ordway and I loved the Joe Kubert covers!
The Bad- WHERE IS THE OTHER 3 PARTS OF THE JLA AND JSA TEAM_UP?!? It is a major disappointment that only Parts 2 and 4 are included in the book, but the Justice League of America issues 207 - 209 are not. Only 2/5 of a great team-up story with Per Degaton and the Crime Syndicate is villains is included. This story was one of the reasons that I purchased the book. I had told my son about the story after seeing the Crime Syndicate figure set at a local store and wanted him to read it (since it is one of my favorite stories), but it is incomplete. MAJOR BUMMER! Especially considering that the introductionary insert story from Justice of America 193 is even included in the collection.
I give the book three stars because I really do enjoy the wonderful storytelling and art. It is truly classic DC storytelling. The stories are fast-paced and incorporates a variety of characters. The character development is wonderful. My only negative is the exclusion of the JLA issues. This is a major disappointment for such a wonderful book. I would still recommend this book.
Not very good customer service, DC.
While the artistic team of Jerry Ordway, Adrian Gonzales, Rich Hoberg, Rich Buckeler and others--and a special note of praise has to go to Joe Kubert for his covers--is excellent, what also stands out is the story. Roy Thomas does a wonderful job in recapturing the mood of Dec. 1941-Jan. 1942 as America enters the war. He includes lines from popular songs of the era and does a fine job pulling the strings on historical figures (FDR, Churchill, Hitler, George Marshall, Harry Hopkins, etc). Thomas' historic research is solid--and adds to the feel of his story.
Thomas also does a solid job in constructing plots for his fledgling team of super heroes but where he really shines is character development and having his characters interact with each other. Some of the finest moments in this collection are the bantering back and forth between Atom and FDR, between Liberty Belle and Johnny Quick. Despite pulling the strings on a large cast of characters, Thomas does a fine job of balancing the epic struggle of a world at war with the quiet moments of life. There were moments when I actually felt that I was reading some very good historic fiction--if Thomas is not on Tolstoy's "War and Peace" level (and who is?), he's not too far behind Herman Wouk's look at the Second World War.Read more ›
Writer Roy Thomas (who loves the JSA above all it seems) wanted to do a series set in this time but told with modern writing and modern art. Artist Rich Buckler does some of the best art of his career on this title. It is obvious in every story that this is a labor of love. These stories run parallel to the original JSA stories published in All-Star Comics. The full series lasts 67 issues and takes place within the early years of World War II. When the original JSA stories were published, DC kept the team out of the European and Pacific theatres of war. At least one DC staffer has said this was to not embarrass our soldiers by having the JSA take out Hitler, etc. in quick superhero fashion. The story gimmick was Hitler's "Spear of Destiny" gave him the power to keep the JSA at bay. Whether that's true or accurate isn't the point here. The Squadron was created to fill that gap story-wise. This group was created to have those fights. What made this series so good is that Thomas really did his research to make his stories fit in the overall history of the war. Aside from the legendary New Teen Titans, the All-Star Squadron was DC's best superhero title of the early 1980s.
The series was cancelled because of the editorial circumstances around the famous Crisis On Infinite Earths series in 1985-86.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The printing and art look worse than a bad Xerox but this is worth getting if you want to read the whole story in one place.Published 1 month ago by thirdtwin
ok, i will admit - i've always been a bigger fan of the jsa than the jla. when this series was started, i was looking forward to new stories with my younger heroes. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mark Anderson
Grew up loving the all star squadron and some of the crazy heroes that we have not seen sense this series. Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by Juan Carrillo