Issue by Issue – Micronauts #20

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Pat Broderick
Inker – Armando Gil
Colours – Roger Slifer
Letters – Jim Novak

With an army behind him, Bug who had been mutated by Odd John’s homemade gas, has taken off for where, the Micronauts have no idea. Odd John is not very forthcoming either, now that he has been incapacitated by Mari who had to rely on her own skills and abilities in order to rescue Arcturus Rann, the man she loves before being killed by the human monster. It is a thrilling scenario to see, all of it drawn by Pat Broderick and it looks great, the man’s pencils being at the top of their game. So it is that the Micronauts are free again, but author Bill Mantlo does not make it so easy on the team who want to rescue their friend as not only do they have to find him, they have to figure out how to reverse what was done to him. Elsewhere at Food World, as the insects need to eat, they have been tracked there by none other than Ant-Man and what follow is yet another exciting scene taking place across multiple pages as the two forces engage, though it is Ant-Man who does not fare so well. Eventually the Micronauts arrive and they come into conflict with Bug and the mutated insects and they too, fare little better against the horde. It is only through chance that something happens to turn the tide and with a little ingenuity on Ant-Man’s part, the insect army is halted in its tracks and Bug returned to the team in one piece. When Mantlo and Broderick bring it all to a close though, the team has been scattered, some of them missing. As for Ant-Man, he promises not to reveal the existence of the Micronauts to the world at large, but one has to know that at some point, the world is going to find out as the Micronauts always happen to leave behind a trail of witnesses, never mind the people at NASA, S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Fantastic Four who have all had dealings with them. As for what the future holds, that too remains up in the air as no hints at what may come are given, but being trapped upon Earth as they are, Mantlo and company are sure to give them many trials to overcome on their way back to the Microverse. Altogether this was a great story with top-notch artwork and enough incredible action to satiate any reader.

4 out of 5

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