Issue by Issue – Micronauts #42

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

Still stranded on the planet Earth and far from home, the Micronauts are doing a little reminiscing while they try to think of what to do next. Every avenue they have tried to get home by has proven disastrous and it has left them somewhat bereft of hope. At the very least, they still have each other and for the moment, it is sustaining them beyond anything else. Bill Mantlo also gives readers a look at Devil who is fast becoming unstable and more like his namesake, far removed from the fun-loving character he used to be back in Tropica. It continues throughout the issue and it is only through strength of will that Devil is able to hold back the animal inside that wants to rend and tear. The meat of the book deals with a villain named Doctor Nemesis, a little known criminal who has it in for Janet Van Dyne, otherwise known as The Wasp. He has eyes on Hank Pym’s adamantium armour in order to do as such and he does indeed succeed in obtaining it, attacking Janet so that she unknowingly sends out a telepathic call for help which Bug receives. Of course, all of this means that the Micronauts are going to have to go and help the beleaguered Wasp, but upon arriving they find that Doctor Nemesis might just be too much for them to handle. When factoring in the fact that all of this is taking place during a dinner party that Janet was throwing and there are now quite a few civilians present, it adds quite a bit of panic to the proceedings. The battle is fierce and Gil Kane who draws the book, makes it all look incredible as the two sides fight it out. There comes a moment in the book when Nemesis uses his shrink ray upon Marionette and she disappears from sight, the companions unsure if she was simply shrunk down to an infinitesimal size or transported back to the Microverse. It stuns Rann into inaction and by the end of the book, Bug and Acroyear have also disappeared, including Nemesis himself who may or may not have suffered the same fate. While the Micronauts’ time on Earth has been somewhat taxing, it looks as if Mantlo might have set the stage for their return home and it is only by picking up the next issue that readers will learn if that is true.

4 out of 5

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