Issue by Issue – Micronauts #36

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Keith Giffen
Inker – Danny Bulanadi
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Jean Simek

Once again, the Micronauts find themselves on the planet Earth and they are currently being chased by Prince Argon’s Death Squad. After saving the Microverse in the last issue, it was hoped that Argon would see the error of his ways, but alas, the Micronauts were deemed traitors and are now hunted as outlaws. This issue, like every issue that preceded it, is a good one, but after the last big storyline, Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen would have to follow it up with something pretty epic and that sadly, would not happen here. In its stead is what most would call a filler issue, a book where nothing of real import happens and that would be true. It still ends up being a lot of fun as we get to see the various Micronauts fend off the villains who are under Argon’s command and it does all end up being quite challenging for the heroes as those they face have been genetically engineered in the Body Banks to be their equals or better. The one character who stands out from the pack with this book is Devil, someone readers still do not know a lot about, but one who seems to be on the side of good and does not care about the odds despite how overwhelming they might be which is good for those he has sided with. Marionette has also come a long way from her first appearance and she has now become one of the Micronauts’ most reliable warriors and with the rest of her teammates, they bring the fight to the Death Squad more than the villains probably thought was going to happen. When all is said and done and with a big thanks to Bug, Argon’s soldiers are defeated, though whether that is the last they are heard of is another matter entirely. Again, this was a good issue, but it will be nice to see things get back on track and to see what comes next in the lives of the Micronauts.

3.5 out of 5

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