Roy Thomas' All-Star Squadron-A trip back in Time (Reviews) Jul 9, 2021 20:06:50 GMT -5
Post by codystarbuck on Jul 9, 2021 20:06:50 GMT -5
Yeah, well, Gunga Din is being mauled by the thugee and is losing his will to live, with this series. I'm hoping Ultra-Humanite can stir some stuff up and I've been curious to see what was actually in the Dyzan Inheritance storyline, for a while.
I don't know if Roy was suffering from burnout, by this point, disappointment with how things had been going at DC or what; but, this is really substandard stuff, for him. The latter third of All-Star Squadron wasn't anywhere near as good as the first third or the middle third; but, there was still some entertainment in it. I never read Arak, so I can't comment; but, Infinity, Inc had really lost its momentum and it had a lot of fits and starts, and a bit too much wallowing in old All-Star stories. This just isn't really creating interesting characters. I like tying Arn to Hugo Danner; but, so far, that is his most interesting feature. Dyna-Mite is a generic mascot/kid sidekick type and the resident cheerleader and that is about it. Fury has potential. Flying Fox is too much of a stereotype, for me, though he is at least not speaking pigeon English. Otherwise, he's pretty bland, with ill-defined powers. Neptune Perkins is even blander than Aquaman, of the period. Tsunami at least has her ethnic background to provide some drama.
Quite frankly, Roy did better work on Hero Comics' Captain Thunder and Blue Bolt and very few people ever saw that (their loss, in my opinion)
What really bugs me is the art. It looks so amateurish, even with Malcolm Jones cleaning things up. All-Star had Rich Buckler, Adrian Gonzales and Jerry Ordway, giving it a nice look for the first few years. When Ordway left, you hade Rick Hoberg, Richard Howell and Arvell Jones, which was a bit of a comedown; but, they handled the period well and were good storytellers. Howard Simpson just doesn't wow me enough to care for Roy's rather tired stories and thinly sketched characters.
The series only ran 31 issues and an annual (which crossed over with Infinity, Inc); so, I'll stick it out; but, like I said, I might start accelerating if the stories don't get more interesting.