Issue by Issue – Micronauts #7

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Michael Golden
Inker – Josef Rubenstein
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letters – John Costanza

Currently hiding out in the Florida Everglades, the Micronauts have little to do except monitor the local newscasts to see who it is that might still be after them and to console young Steve Coffin who is grieving his father. Unbeknownst to Steve, his father Ray who had made it to the Microverse and was rescued by Time Traveler, has been offered the chance to become a hero, though it is left at that while other plots are also moved forward by writer Bill Mantlo. While things might seem calm, a monster slowly shuffles its way towards the cabin, attracted by the emotions that Steve currently exhibits and soon, Steve and the crew of the Endeavor find themselves in a battle with none other than Man-Thing. Due to Man-Thing’s appearance, everything that Steve might have been feeling turns to fear and whatever knows fear, burns at the Man-Thing’s touch. Michael Golden, who continues to illustrate this book, turning Mantlo’s scripts into works of art, makes the battle between the Micronauts and the muck monster something to marvel at and while they might seem greatly outmatched, they manage to give him pause, at least for a few moments. It is only when Steve works up a little courage that things manage to turn around. Back on Homeworld, Slug and Prince Argon have arrived at a rebel stronghold looking for shelter while Baron Karza has found an opportunity to not only do away with Commander Rann and the rest of the Micronauts, but to possibly conquer another world, that of the planet Earth. Making this a reality is Dr. Prometheus, the mad scientist who now finds himself in the Microverse and at the mercy of Karza. Overall, the book continues to deliver in the best possible way with a truly exciting story that weaves multiple plot threads into an ongoing tale of rebellion and heroism and artwork that draws the reader into this world upon the page. Mantlo also provides a look at the thousand year slumber that Rann took while him and his ship and his faithful companion Biotron took investigating the universe, a trip that gives the man nightmares, but tells of a man who is a hero, sacrificing himself for the betterment of his people. Mantlo and Golden deliver a nice bit of history and characterisation that will hopefully lead to more of the Micronauts’ various pasts coming to light further on in the series.

4 out of 5

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