Issue by Issue – Micronauts #41

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

Bill Mantlo and Gil Kane continue to make life as hard as possible for the Micronauts and they begin things off with the companions losing their ship, the Endeavor, as it finally sinks to the bottom of the sewer, almost taking Microtron with it. With only the Astrostation left to them, the Micronauts head to the local version of Castle Doom where it is supposed that Doom has some technology that might be able to get the crew home. After breaking in, Arcturus receives a telepathic summons, something he never thought he would be able to hear again, and they encounter a miniature town within the keep, a place called Liddlesville where the residents are terrorized by a miniature Doctor Doom. Despite coming to Castle Doom, for one thing, they know that they cannot leave the local residents on their own without offering them any aid and so that is exactly what they do. Rann also discovers that the source of the telepathic cry for help and it is none other than Phillip Masters, otherwise known as the Puppet Master and creator of Liddlesville. With action aplenty, the Micronauts fend off multiple threats before they are able to get to Doom and when they finally do, he seems a little more off his kilter than usual and it is only thanks to the Puppet Master that they finally defeat him. Mantlo still refuses to give them a happy ending though as their quest to get back to Homeworld remains unfulfilled and they must head off, perhaps to Florida, to do what they must in order to accomplish their goal. Readers also get a look at what is going on in King Argon’s court and it reveals a surprise involving the Lady Slug who is not quite herself thanks to the Body Banks and even more shocking, Argon has surpassed his mortal form to become more unto the god that he thinks he is, perhaps even eclipsing the amount of power that Karza once wielded. Seeds of rebellion are stirring though and if Slug and Prince Pharoid have anything to say about it, Argon is not going to remain on the throne for long.

3.5 out of 5

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