Writer – Cullen Bunn
Artist – David Baldeon
Inker – Fico Ossio, Max Dunbar, Jack Lawrence, David Baldeon
Colours – David Garcia Cruz, Joana LaFuente, Thomas Deer, John-Paul Bove
Letters – Tom B. Long
The Micronauts have a long history in the comics business, first being published by Marvel and then moving to companies like Image and Devil’s Due before finally ceasing publication. During that time, they have built up a fan base that may not be the largest, but is at the very least dedicated and thus the reason for IDW publishing this now, to ride that wave of nostalgia and hopefully gain new readers in the process. Coming on board is prolific writer Cullen Bunn who is all over the comics-verse at the moment and he brings a story about death-dealing space clouds, aptly named the Entropy Cloud, and introduces us to our cast of characters – some old and some new. Acroyear will be the one most are familiar with, wearing that classic and distinctive armour while the newer players like Oz and Phenolo-Phi are fairly interesting and are presented with enough characterization for you to already form an opinion on them. As it is, this cast is intriguing so far and we get to see them go on a mission to a space station looking for medicine, which as they should have guessed was something else due to the amount of security present. The big bad of the series is also introduced and he just so happens to be the big bad that everyone expected – Baron Karza. The man does little this issue, but you can be sure that as the series progresses, he will end up giving our team of heroes no small amount of headaches. On pencil duty is David Baldeon whom many will recognize from many different Marvel books like Nomad or Nova and here he brings his animated-like style to the title and it looks fantastic. He does get a lot of help in the finishing department, but the end result looks great and the book has a lot of energy on the pages when all is said and done. One of the only negatives that can be found as of yet is the fact that they have not lived up to their name – Micronauts. We never get to see them as small as they are, though that is sure to come in time. So far though, the book is off to a strong start and if the quality keeps up, as well as the action and excitement, this will be a book that few can afford to miss.
4 out of 5
Writer – Sam Humphries
Artist – Mike Del Mundo
Colours – Mike Del Mundo, Marco D’Alfonso
Letters – VC’s Cory Petit
Becca and Goleta find themselves in front of Jennifer Kale, the Swamp Queen of Weirdworld and all around freedom-fighter. Jennifer wants to know why our two heroes will not join up with her and fight to rid Weirdworld of Morgan Le Fay, to which they reply they are on a quest. While Jennifer assesses the two who stand before her, the Lava Men attack and it is as unexpected as anything else that happens in Weirdworld. When you think of the fantastic, you cannot help but think of this very book as illustrated by Mike Del Mundo. Lava Men, dragons, wizards and Man-Things and so much more fill up every page of this book that you sometimes have to read it a few times over just to catch everything. Of course, while pouring over Del Mundo’s artwork is one of the better things to do with the book, you cannot help but love the story by Sam Humphries as well. In Becca he has created an unassuming heroine, one who wants nothing more than to go home, but also one who is in awe of where she is and a part of her enjoys it as it takes her mind off of the death of her mom. Goleta brings the funny to the book and while she is normally quite humourous on her own, her interactions with Ogeode are even funnier. It is the combination of action and comedy that keep this book moving along at the pace it does, keeping your interest at a high throughout its length and making for one of Marvel’s most interesting and exciting titles. By the end of the issue, the confrontation that Becca has been avoiding finally rears its head as she faces Morgan Le Fay and how it all plays out should be one for the ages, if they battle at all. Coming back for to see how it all plays out is not an option, but an inevitability.
4 out of 5