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Issue by Issue – Micronauts #2

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Michael Golden
Inker – Josef Rubinstein
Colours – Francoise Mouly
Letters – John Costanza

On the run and passing through the space barrier, the Micronauts who include Commander Rann, Biotron, Microtron, Marionette, Acroyear and Bug among their number, are on a collision course as their ship is out of control. Thanks to his skill as a pilot, Rann manages to land it, if not safely, at least in one piece. What the companions soon discover though is that they are in a strange new land, far from where they have come from and it is somewhat unsettling as they are dwarfed by everything around them. Continuing the adventures of the Micronauts are writer Bill Mantlo and artist Michael Golden and not only do they force the heroes away from Homeworld, they give them plenty of adversity to overcome. In a land of veritable giants, including the local flora and fauna, the beasts and birds, there is a monster that mankind calls a dog. After a fierce battle with said creature and after stopping a giant machine with whirling blades, they meet a giant by the name of Steve Coffin who is doing what most would call chores. The creators of this fine tale do not stop there though as the forces of Baron Karza have also arrived on Earth, led by none other than Prince Shaitan, brother of Acroyear. What is most interesting about this issue is that Mantlo and Golden continue their world-building even if the Micronauts no longer reside on their home planet. Characterisation is developed over the course of the issue and readers lean a little more of Baron Karza and what kind of man he is, both in success and failure and that is not to mention the fact that he is keeping Prince Argon alive in order to slowly torture him in various ways. Shaitan is a man afraid of his brother, while Acroyear is a proud man without a kingdom of his own. Rann puts on a brave face and is heroic to the core, but a little insecure due to being out of touch with what has been going on for the past thousand years on Homeworld while Princess Mari wishes to be called Marionette, a proud woman who is looking to both survive and get her revenge upon Karza for what he has done. All in all, a revealing second issue and one that ends with Shaitan after the Endeavor, an ending that is sure to draw readers back for a third outing.

4 out of 5

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