Issue by Issue – Micronauts #31

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

The Micronauts have not had the best of times in Seazone/Oceania what with the giant behemoths and monsters, not to mention Arcturus and Mari having seemingly been swallowed by one of those creatures and who are now believed to be dead. Bill Mantlo and Pat Broderick keep things running in the same vein as the Micronauts or at least what remains of them, decide to join Seazone in the battle against Oceania, hoping that with this final fight they will be able to get the key they have come searching for, one of three that will save the Microverse. Bug is especially put out as water is not a friend to the Insectivorids, but as the war for Seazone begins, he cannot help but do his best for his teammates and those that are counting on him. Lady Coral is almost rabid in her determination to save the city she calls home and though Aquon, leader of the merpeople that reside in Oceania, her brother and the man she believes is going to cause the downfall of all she knows is sure that what he is doing is right, she cannot get past it. Beneath the waves, Rann and Marionette are still alive and in the process of being transformed into water-breathers when an undersea quake frees them from their prison, the same quake destroying Seazone and all thoughts of fighting put to the wayside. Many perish, but thanks to Aquon and the key that he wields thanks to the Time Travelers, he is able to save all of those who survived the quake, including the Micronauts by transforming them so that they might live in Oceania. Only one refuses and that is Lady Coral who recognizes that she was wrong in her short-sightedness, that her anger had blinded her for far too long. Additionally, the book finds Stephen Strange discovering the origins of the Microverse while all of it ends on Acroyear, alone on the barren planet he once called home and vowing to find out why his life turned out the way it did, why fate chose him to do what he did. Altogether a great story from Mantlo and Broderick that thrills and excites and makes readers wonder just how the Micronauts are going to continue on with them being transformed as they are.

4 out of 5

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