Issue by Issue – Micronauts #27

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Pat Broderick
Inker – Danny Bulandi
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Joe Rosen

In a book-length thriller, the Micronauts face their greatest battle ever and when it is all said and done, it might just be their greatest defeat. Bill Mantlo and Pat Broderick begin it all in the midst of the action as S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hydra battle against each other and in the middle are the Micronauts, small but formidable and trying to fend off whatever forces that Karza throws against them. Among them is the Acroyear named Dagon, the man found within S.H.I.E.L.D. and while the rest of the team including Prince Acroyear find nothing wrong with the warrior, Biotron can sense that something is off and it worries him to no end. The war, for that is what it seems like, is endless and S.H.I.E.L.D. is making little headway against those the Baron commands. It is not long before the team starts breaking off into smaller groups, fighting those they can and doing their best wherever possible. For Biotron, though he has remained on the ship with Dagon, things do not go so well as he is seemingly killed and Microtron lashes out, defending his friend with every fibre of his being though it might be too late, fighting for Biotron where he could not for Mari. It is here that Microtron too starts to have doubts about Dagon and before this storyline is over in the next few issues, there is sure to be an answer as to just who this mysterious soldier is. As for Commander Rann, he is not faring too well, cut off from the Enigma Force and not knowing just what to ultimately do to stop Baron Karza. He knows that he has to be stopped and while he attempts to do so, unbeknownst to him, Karza is reading his mind and knows exactly every step that Rann makes. Soon the two confront one another and it is no contest as to who is the stronger of the two, of who is going to win this battle. As they fight, Mantlo shocks Rann with Karza’s host body, that of Prince Argon and Broderick displays that surprise and disappointment to full effect for the reader. The entire book looks incredible under Broderick’s expert hand and it is both exciting and tragic as the event unfolds. There is one wildcard that Mantlo and company throw into the mix though, that of Prince Shaitan. For too long has Baron Karza disrespected him and belittled him, denying him what is rightfully his and if the Micronauts are to get out of this alive, those who are left, it might very well come down to what Shaitan does, if anything. A truly fantastic issue to say the least.

4.5 out of 5

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