Issue by Issue – Micronauts #40

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Gil Kane
Inker – Danny Bulanadi
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Diana Albers, Jim Novak

Bill Mantlo and Gil Kane begin to put the Micronauts through their paces this issue beginning with the retrieval of the Endeavor from the sewers of New York City. Everyone is on their last nerve as their recent time on Earth has been quite trying, but none more so than Bug who has been feeling a little bereft perhaps, feeling like he has been replaced by Devil who has been getting closer to Acroyear of late as the two have much in common. The fact of the matter is that Acroyear would never do as such to his friend, but Bug being Bug will feel as he feels and much to the dismay of the Micronauts at times, do as he feels. After a little excitement and after fending off a few rats who seem like giants to the adventurers, they try to get in touch with the Fantastic Four who sadly, are not at home or more specifically, only Benjamin J. Grimm remains babysitting young Franklin. After a little bit of a hassle, the Micronauts finally get within the Baxter Building, find out that Reed is away but manage, with Franklin’s help to get inside the lab and it is there when things go from slightly hopeless to worse when they are confronted by an army of Antrons. Mantlo and Kane do not make it easy on the companions, Mantlo doing what he does best by putting as many obstacles in their path as possible and Kane making it all look incredible. Back on Homeworld is where the most interesting part of the story comes into play though as it takes a look at the current state of affairs and it is none too good as King Argon continues to consolidate his power. He does so as Karza did, currying favour with the rich, subjugating the poor and getting rid of all those that oppose him, dooming them to the Body Banks where they face a fate worse than death. While things are not well back home, they do at least work out for the rest of the Micronauts who get a little help from The Thing who has woken up and more than decidedly taken care of business. The book leaves off once again with the heroes unable to get home, but perhaps with a lead on just how to do that.

3 out of 5

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