Posted - November 26, 2017 | September 5, 2018

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All-Star Squadron No. 2
The Tyrant out of Time



All-Star Squadron No. 2

The newly formed All-Star Squadron is on the move.


crazy travel high jinks

It's ridiculous and silly and takes its cue from Golden Age DC - those kind of comics just dare to be fun.

As they travel along, they happen upon some local crime.


robbery under way

Plastic Man is immune to gunshots.


plastic man in action

An excellent panel showing Dr.Mid-Nite using his blackout bombs and the Atom going at it the old-fashioned way.


dr. mid-nite in action

Johnny Quick shows just how fast he is.


johnny quick in action

Liberty Belle caps the skirmish.


liberty belle serves a knuckle sandwich

The All-Star Squadron has been ordered to go to the West Coast to reinforce it in case of a probable but unlikely Japanese attack. They don't know that Per Degaton's attack is already under way.

As they head for the West Coast, the Squadron get some time to tell each other about themselves. Hawkman starts the ball rolling.


hawkman origin

Next, Liberty Belle.


liberty belle origin
liberty belle origin

Plastic Man.


plastic man origin
plastic man origin

Robotman.


robotman origin

The Atom.


atom origin

This is at a time when he still didn't have his atomic powers.

Johnny Quick.


johnny quick origin

Dr. Mid-Nite.


dr. mid-nite origin
dr. mid-nite origin

The team is facing two pressing problems: The missing JSA and the defense of the West Coast. The Squadron has been ordered to the latter so they put the JSA situation in the backburner.

As they approach San Francisco by plane the Squadron becomes aware of Per Degaton's Zero fighters closing in.


zeroes on their way to san francisco

Here's an even closer look at the underwater launching of these Mitsubishi Zeroes.


underwater aircraft carrier

Here's the author of all the upcoming mayhem.


per degaton

Per Degaton is from 1947. Having the ability to time travel he heads off into the future and raids it for technology like this underwater aircraft carrier. He then goes into World War II with this superior technology.

Back in the sub, Per Degaton is in the mood for telling stories. We get a delightful window to a story from All-Star Comics #10 circa April 1942. The story is called "The Case of the Bomb Defense Formula", written by Gardner Fox.


jsa fighting

The JSA rescued some brilliant scientists and Per Degaton reveals that he was the assistant to these scientists.


per degaton the assistant

The traitorous and opportunistic Degaton stole a time machine from one of the scientists and changed the past by causing Alexander the Great to lose in the battle of Arbela. The Battle of Arbela, also known as the Battle of Gaugamela, was the decisive battle that led to Alexander's conquest of Asia Minor - and is a contributor to the primacy of the West as a cultural and military power.


battle of arbela

This change in the past changed the future to such an extent that Per Degaton threatened to be a conqueror in his own right.


per degaton with futuristic tanks

All these was foiled by the JSA, but Per Degaton is nothing if not persistent. This current interference in World War II marks a second attempt at world conquest.

The panel below points to the existence of 'time storms'. These anomalies prevent time travellers from interfering with history.


hitler

As stated in the panel, one such time storm is in place from September 1939 to December 1941.

Per Degaton explains how he was able to defeat most of the Justice Society.


jsa down and out

He gathered the JSA's foes from different time periods which explains the small army of villains he has with him. What it doesn't explain is how Degaton can compell these powerful characters to do his bidding.

Degaton intends to force the U.S to deal with Japan first rather than Germany. According to Degaton this will create a stalemate on all fronts rather than the victory in Europe followed by a victory in the Pacific for the Allies. Degaton intends to take advantage of the stalemate to bring to fruition his own plans of conquest.

From San Francisco let's head over to Hawaii to find the Shining Knight and Danette Reilly in fetters. When Danette lunges for Sir Justin's sword her restraints vanish. She manages to free Sir Justin the same way.

It's time for round two between the Shining Knight and Solomon Grundy.


shining knight vs. solomon grundy

Let's leave them to it and go back to the skies over San Francisco where the Sky Pirate leads a squadron of fighters.


sky pirate

On the streets below we have the welcome addition of Phantom Lady.


phantom lady

The attacking Zeroes come across the bomber transporting the All-Star Squadron.


fighters encountering a bomber

The heroes quickly divide into ground and air forces.


squadron deploys

In the city, thieves take advantage of the mayhem but the All-Star Squadron and Phantom Lady stop them.


crimebusting

In the skies above, Robotman interrogates Sky Pirate.


robotman and sky pirate

Hawkman and Johnny Quick take care of the other planes.


hawkman and johnny quick defending

The panel below shows Hawkman giving the flightless Robotman an assist but what I like about it is it gives us an idea of just how heavy Robotman is. He's like a walking tank.


hawkman lifting robotman

Per Degaton was hoping that with his capture of most of the Justice Society no more masked adventurers would be able to come in and foil his plans. The All-Star Squadron convinces him otherwise.

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