When last seen, the various Micronauts were all in a bit of a pickle as it were with Nanotron and Microtron sinking beneath the waves of the ocean, Commander Rann a possible prisoner of a strange people, Devil succumbing to his more bestial nature while back on Homeworld, Bug and Acroyear face off against Argon’s minions. The only Micronaut who seems to be in a good place at the moment is Marionette and though she may not be directly in harm’s way, it is not exactly in the free and clear just yet. Bill Mantlo and Mike Vosburg pack this book full to the brim with excitement making it more than worth the money to read it and it all begins with the two roboids who make a startling discovery beneath the waves. It soon cuts to Rann who is being worshipped as a god and called Time Traveler, that alone being mysterious in and of itself and it is not long before he is told of their origin, of how they were of the Microverse and once a primitive people. After being visited by Biotron and Rann on their thousand-year journey, they vowed to follow them and so built a colossal spaceship that resembled Biotron, leaving their world and landing on Earth, having their physical appearance changed, but their faith strengthened through turmoil. It is slightly unnerving for Rann and made worse when Devil shows up and attacks, the beast inside of him knowing no bounds. Such as it is though, the humanoids protect Rann from Devil and somehow, emit a similar song to what Fireflyte sang, thereby calming Devil down. Just when it all seems fine, things go from bad to worse and Rann needs to step in. Back on Homeworld, deep in the bowels of the Pleasure Pits, Prince Pharoid is but a weakened shade of his former self and unable to help either Acroyear of Bug defend themselves from the enemies that surround them. When Bug is about to be killed, Acroyear finally surrenders making everything they just fought for more than futile. At the very least, Princess Mari remains free to somehow do what is necessary and rescue them, not to mention Lady Slug and Belladonna who still roam outside of Argon’s purview. This was a truly thrilling chapter in the saga of the Micronauts with Mantlo in exquisite form, and with Vosburg providing some incredible pencils, this book continues to get better and better with each successive issue.
4.5 out of 5