Issue by Issue – Micronauts #8

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Michael Golden
Inker – Bob McLeod
Colours – Carl Gafford
Letters – Al Milgrom

Bill Mantlo and Michael Golden start things off right in the thick of the action as the Army faces off against a full-size, no longer in the Microverse, Baron Karza at Cape Canaveral. Suffice it to say, they have never been up against a foe such as this and Karza for his part is relishing the moment, flaunting his power as if everyone else around him were just gnats. There to help out is Steve Coffin and the Micronauts and just how they would be able to do so seems impossible, but try they will though it could cost them their very lives. Commander Rann, Marionette, Bug, Biotron, Microtron and Acroyear do their best and they do prove to be an annoyance, but that is all it is and Karza brushes them aside as if they were nothing. It is at this point that Mantlo and Golden introduce a saviour from the Microverse, one that Steve is very familiar with – his dad, Ray Coffin who is now transformed thanks to Time Traveler into Captain Universe. More than a match for the all-powerful Karza, Captain Universe fights not only for the people of Earth and the Microverse, but for his son and that almost proves to be his undoing as his worry for Steve distracts him. It is not long during this battle that eventually, the good guys start to turn the tide and Karza realises it. So too do the Micronauts come to the realisation that with Karza on the ropes and the wormhole to the Microverse about to close, they have the perfect opportunity to get home, one that they take without hesitation. Back in the Microverse, things are going well for the rebellion as Prince Argon has returned thanks to the rebel commander named Slug and it might just prove to be Karza’s undoing. Mantlo and his partner in crime not only wrap up the first story arc of the title, but leave some plot lines open as the Micronauts, one has to assume, have arrived home safely. What they do next is anyone’s guess, but defeating Karza once and for all has to be the first thing on their agenda and readers also have to know that they will somehow meet up with Argon and his rebellion at some point. As for Karza, the man has considerable resources at his disposal and while he might not have been successful on Earth, the Microverse is already under his control and that confidence he has may just be his undoing. Great artwork and an exciting story make Micronauts a continually fantastic read.

4 out of 5

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