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Sunday, 6 August 2017

All-Star Comics 71 - shocking news for Star-Spangled Kid

Levitz, Staton and Layton conclude the Strike Force story in All-Star Comics 71 (March/April 1978).

The Huntress leads Wildcat and Star-Spangled Kid in battling the Strike Force, as the story picks up directly from the end of the previous issue. The Kid plays hero, using his Cosmic Converter belt to hold off the bad guys, letting Huntress and Wildcat get to safety, although he himself gets captured again.

Huntress and Wildcat return to the Society headquarters, and send out an alert to the other members. Huntress reveals to Wildcat that she is really Helena Wayne, the daughter of Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle. She also shows off her detective skills, tracing a bit of astroturf to figure out where the Strike Force have their secret base. The JSA alert fails to summon the team. Jay Garrick is showing Alan Scott around the lab, preparing him for his new job. Dr. Fate and Inza are dealing with the yet-unseen character in the new subplot.

Power Girl is busy in her solo outing in the pages of Showcase. We also see Dr. Mid-Nite, Superman and the Hawks at the day jobs, as well as a cameo by Jimmy Olsen.

As for the Star-Spangled Kid, he is shocked to discover that the leader of the Strike Force is actually his nephew, making criminal use of the Pemberton fortune that was left behind when the Star-Spangled Kid got sent through time with the rest of the Seven Soldiers of Victory.

So after Huntress and Wildcat show up to free him, and they take down the Strike Force, Sylvester decides that it is time to put his Star-Spangled career on hold and resume his normal life, to get control of his fortune back.

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