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Showcase Presents: All-Star Squadron, Vol. 1 (Showcase Presents)

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A new super-team, the All-Star Squadron, has been founded on Earth II in the hopes of finding several lost heroes from the Justice Society of America. But the JSA's old foe Per Degaton is plotting to help with the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Can the team stop him from delivering mystic weapons to Hitler and Tojo?
Paperback, 528 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by DC Comics (first published June 2004)
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May 04, 2015 Joseph rated it really liked it

Next up on the Shallow Comic Reader's Buddy Read is the theme Black AND White.

In the late 70s and early 80s, there was an exodus of writers and artists from Marvel Comics to DC Comics. These creators were some of the most prolific creators that Marvel had, and seeing them jump ship to the competition was surprising and also exciting. Gerry Conway, Marv Wolfman, George Perez, John Byrne, and Roy Thomas were all some of the big guns who wrote series defining runs on titles from Amazing Spider-Ma
May 21, 2012 Tom rated it liked it
My tolerance for this volume of Showcase books is based on how much of Roy Thomas' writing I can take. Thomas is by no means a bad comic book writer, but his writing does have a certain style to it. Character personalities aren't particularly distinctive compared to other writers, and by this I mean all the characters he's written ever, not just the ones here. The All-Star Squadron's Johnny Quick could just as easily be the Avengers' Hawkeye. Most issues will feature a three to four page flashba ...more
Nov 07, 2013 Stephen rated it really liked it
I really liked what they did with this storyline. I can't imagine that we'd have things like Marvels, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, or The Twelve, a Watchmen movie, or as many Invaders stories looking backward as we have today if we didn't have these to show us how to fit stories into history seamlessly the way it was done here. The Invaders incarnation in the 1970s might have done it first (WWII tales written 30 years later), but these were better stories and had art.
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Mar 07, 2013 Jason Luna rated it it was amazing
A very sharply written all-star superhero book. A bunch of strange heroes who existed fo DC in the 40s and beat up bad guys. But the adventures are very clever, and there are actually some very funny and VERY sweet moments in this.

It's also a very clever use of anti-Nazi sentiment and pro-humanity stuff (makes sense, being set in the 40s).

If you like superhero comics, I think you'll like this. Roy Thomas is/was one of the greatest comic mag writers of the era, and enjoy him in his prime!
Steven Elliott
Feb 24, 2013 Steven Elliott rated it it was amazing
The reason I started reading and collecting comic books. Decided to revisit this comic book series in light of DC Rebirth and discovered little gems that I had missed before. Thomas was definitely a lover of the Golden Age when he write this series, but it is his attention to newer and long lost characters that made this series great.
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Sep 18, 2012 Craig Tyler rated it it was amazing
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I was a big fan of these comics when first released back in 1982. Great stories, characters and art. So glad they made the cut in DC Showcase.
Lewis Manalo
Sep 18, 2012 Lewis Manalo rated it it was amazing
Five stars out of pure nostalgia.
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Oct 14, 2015 Zack! Empire rated it really liked it
A really nice book to go into my Earth 2 collection. I really like the idea behind this book: The JSA members are off fighting in WW II so a new group of heroes come together to fight on the home front.
The group itself is really well put together. I like that are no big powerhouses like the JSA has. Commander Steel and Robot Man might be the toughest guys on the team but even they aren't that strong. I also thought that Liberty Bell and Johnny Swift were some great characters.
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Roy Thomas is a comic book writer and editor, and Stan Lee's first successor as editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics. He is possibly best known for introducing the pulp magazine hero Conan the Barbarian to American comics, with a series that added to the storyline of Robert E. Howard's character and helped launch a sword and sorcery trend in comics. Thomas is also known for his championing of Golden A ...more
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