Issue by Issue – Micronauts #34

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Pat Broderick
Inker – Danny Bulanadi
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Diana Albers

The more things change, the more they stay the same is the lesson that the Micronauts are learning when they land in Aegypta and find that things are not as they thought they would be. It begins with betrayal in tandem from Prince Pharoid and Argon, the latter of which demands the two mysterious keys from the Micronauts, Argon already having claimed one from Acroyear whom he holds prisoner. From seeing Argon’s personal guard dressed as Karza’s Dog Soldiers to the man’s temperament and finding their missing friend locked up, it is all too much to handle and thus they become prisoners themselves for failing their king. From here, there is a lot that happens in this issue as Bill Mantlo and Pat Broderick pack the book full of tense drama and dramatic action. One thing that readers should take note of is the resurgence of the rebellion, that which was led by Lady Slug against Baron Karza in the past and is now led by her again as her intended has seemingly gone mad with power. Marionette notices this as well and she along with the rest of the Micronauts know that Argon has to be stopped before he goes any farther down the road that his predecessor trod. Also in this book are the newer members of the Micronauts, those being Devil and Fireflyte who play a fairly large part in different ways. Devil is the muscle and it is hard to argue as he can back that up, but one can see the concern on Rann’s face when Devil leaps into action while Fireflyte proves her worth through distraction and intel. Another member new to the team is Nanotron who is similarly funny like Microtron and while she cannot take the place of the much-missed Biotron, it looks as though Mantlo is going to let her prove her worth. This issue is, from the first page to the last, a very exciting read and one that grabs a hold of its audience immediately, refusing to let go. Finally, there is Doctor Strange whose astral self is still in Dead Zone and while he thinks there is nothing to discover, he soon comes across something that is being guarded by demons, something that is of obvious importance.

4.5 out of 5

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