Issue by Issue – Micronauts #22

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Pat Broderick
Inker – Armando Gil
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Tom Orzechowski

With the last issue, Bill Mantlo and Pat Broderick would focus upon Commander Rann and Marionette as they dealt with the threat of Plant Man. In this book, that focus shifts to the other Micronauts, minus Biotron who is currently working on fixing the Endeavor so that they might have at least a chance to get back to the Microverse. It begins with Acroyear, Bug, Microtron and Celicia in the Astrostation, being herded essentially by a big rig and not liking it in the slightest. Earth is not a place they want to be and with all of its peoples and technology seemingly dangerous, they want to find their companions and be on their way, the sooner the better. As it is, the drivers of the transport truck are a little freaked out about the little people who seem to be messing with their livelihood and when they try to scare them off, Acroyear attacks causing what is no small amount of damage. Soon the transport is careening out of control and it runs into a McDonald’s restaurant which is currently being robbed. Yet another battle ensues between the Micronauts and the robber, the restaurant falling down around them due to the damage caused by the accident. It is not long before the Micronauts win out, though not without a little bit of humour courtesy of Bug and a couple of close calls to Acroyear. Also fortuitous is the fact that by the story’s end, Rann and Mari are reunited with their teammates and for the moment, at least as far as the Micronauts are concerned, all is well that ends well. In a back-up tale, the second under the Tales of the Microverse heading, Bill Mantlo sends an ominous portent to rain down upon Homeworld, something that worries many and something also noticed by Slug, consort of Argon. It is during her wanderings that she notices the entrance to the Body Banks ajar, something that should not be and with Argon out of the city, she feels it is her duty to investigate. Once again, much like the previous issue, Mantlo surprises the reader as Argon shows up and guns down Slug, proclaiming his loyalties to Baron Karza where he cryptically states that the Baron might indeed still live. Of course, all sorts of questions immediately plague the reader, not the least of which is whether Slug still lives or not. A truly fantastic set of tales by the various creators, the latter of which cannot help but draw readers back for the next book to see what happens.

4 out of 5

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