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Showcase Presents: All-Star Squadron Vol. 1 Paperback – April 24, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Showcase Presents
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401234364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401234362
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #709,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By KrissieKoo on April 27, 2012
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All-Star Squadron was one of my favorite comics and I was so pysched when I saw that it was being reprinted as part of the Showcase Presents series. All-Star Squadron was one of a select few comics that I tried to collect every issue especially the ones with the Kubert covers.

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.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Patrick McArdle on May 2, 2012
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I have to echo an earlier review: Where were the other parts of the JLA/All-Star crossover? I might find it less annoying if the Justice League Showcase series had reprinted up to those issues yet but instead, readers only get part of the story and worst of all, note even the *final* part.
Not very good customer service, DC.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin M. Derby VINE VOICE on April 29, 2012
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This book contains 20 comics featuring "The All-Star Squadron," DC's attempt in the early 1980s to pay homage to the first "mystery men" that appeared at the end of the 1930s and would often appear in comics supporting the American effort in World War Two. While--as KrissieKoo notes in an excellent review--there are some missing comics from an exciting crossover story, comic fans will enjoy this book.

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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WD Preece on January 2, 2013
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The All-Star Squadron was an adjunct to the famous Justice Society of America from the 1940s. This series occurs at the same time (during World War II) but features mostly "second tier" characters--mostly characters who had a regular series of their own that ran as second stories in anthology titles such as Adventure Comics, More Fun Comics, etc. The well-known DC heroes such as Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, etc. do appear from time to time.

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.
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