Issue by Issue – Micronauts #24

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Pat Broderick
Inker – Armando Gil
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Rick Parker

Being on Earth is not working out for the Micronauts as no matter what they do or where they go, trouble seems to find them and such is the case here after just finishing the repairs on the Endeavor. Bill Mantlo and Pat Broderick start it all off innocently enough, but no longer are the companions in the air, then the Micronauts find the Endeavor spiralling out of control and crash-landing in a computer lab where bodies lay sprawled out all over the place. Exiting their ship, they encounter a being called Computrex, a digital creature who took control of their ship and is currently doing the same to Biotron. While Computrex finds the Micronauts interesting enough, the fact that they are biological in nature makes them an enemy and so the explorers face one of their greatest threats yet, for not only do they find themselves under physical attack from all that Computrex controls, but also mentally, at least when it comes to Commander Rann. The battle between them is fierce and some fare better than others like Acroyear and Cilicia who are warriors born. Rann is taken away into the depths of the computer, a mistake that Computrex could not have foresaw and when things become perilous for the machine, it attacks Rann through his memories, playing through his past when he was a student of Karza, showing him images of his mother and father and more and Rann, whose strength of will is greater than most, realises what is happening and with a little help from Biotron who is also trying to fight back from Computrex’s control, they take the fight to the machine and make short work of it. There is one harrowing moment that Broderick brings to life with all the drama and horror that it entails when Rann is beating Mari to death, thinking her Karza, but stopping short when he realises that it cannot be. The entire book is fantastic and both Mantlo and Broderick bring all their talents to bear in a truly great issue. Additionally there is a look at Homeworld and all that it comprises and another back-up called Tales of the Microverse featuring Shaitan, Slug and Prince Pharoid and his Desert Demons. Shaitan is definitely turning out to be a fearsome villain and one knows that it is only a matter of time before Karza is resurrected and the two begin their rule all over again, that is unless the Micronauts can get home and stop them. Altogether, issue twenty-four was a page-turner through and through.

4 out of 5

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