Issue by Issue – Micronauts #44

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Gil Kane
Inker – Danny Bulanadi, Carl Potts, Al Milgrom
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Jim Novak

Bill Mantlo and Gil Kane have their hands full in this issue as they bring forth three different plotlines, all involving the fractured team of the Micronauts. It all begins with Commander Rann, Microtron, Devil and Nanotron who are at the mercy of both Computrex and the living corpse of Professor Prometheus. Only Devil remains free at the moment and he uses that freedom to attack the latter, but is in turn fired upon by Computrex and falls into the Prometheus Pit. Mantlo and Kane then take readers back to Homeworld where Marionette, Acroyear and Bug find themselves in Subzone, hiding from Argon and his Dog Soldiers. That does not last for long though as the Micronauts at this period in their lives are tired of hiding and are more for action, especially when they see corruption as prevalent as it is now with their entire world being threatened. Finally, there is the situation involving Lady Slug who is still imprisoned and with a little ingenuity, manages to get herself free, looking for a little revenge upon those that had done this to her. As for her original body now inhabited by the Duchess Belladonna thanks to the Body Banks, she is looking to get rid of Argon herself as she has realized that her life is now going to be worth very little should the man remain in power. As readers come to this moment in the book, it does tend to make them think about the Duchess for when it all comes down to it, she could be the deciding factor when the Micronauts finally come face-to-face with Force Commander. As the book leaves off, it comes back to Rann and his compatriots still upon the Earth and at the mercy of two resurrected villains who should be dead. All of it finally turns around for them when the seemingly dead Devil climbs out of the Pit and attacks Prometheus once again, this time severing the link with Computrex so that things spiral out of control for the bad guys, the Micronauts gaining their freedom and almost winning the day. It ends with an ‘almost’ as Mantlo does the unthinkable and seemingly kills the heroes, but as readers know, that cannot be the end of things. A great book with incredible artwork and a riveting story by a creative team at the top of their game.

4 out of 5

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