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Issue by Issue – Micronauts #48

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Jackson Guice
Inker – Danny Bulanadi
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Jim Novak

When a giant ship that looks like Biotron arrives overhead, Commander Rann cannot help but be dumbfounded by what he sees. His friend and long-time companion has been dead for quite some time and while the Sylosians had told him of the ship that carried them from the Microverse to Earth, seeing is definitely believing. Back on Homeworld, Acroyear fights for his life and for those of his friends, both Bug and Prince Pharoid, and while he puts forth a valiant effort, his actions prove fruitless as the other Micronauts are about to be killed if he fails to cease his attack. It is here that readers witness something not seen before in the book and that is Acroyear without his famous armour, it having been melted off courtesy of DeGrayde and some Dog Soldiers. Drawn by the now legendary Jackson Guice, the book not only looks great but he makes Acroyear look like a king, a proud one if not a failed one, as he stands tall despite the degradation he is put through. Elsewhere in the Body Banks, Belladonna and Lady Slug look to gain their original bodies back, though author Bill Mantlo leaves that particular plot hanging for the moment. As for Marionette, she has run into Huntarr, Argon’s loyal subject who now protects the weather tower and it foils her plan to ruin Argon’s upcoming wedding. Be that as it may, she means to accomplish her mission whether she has to go through Huntarr or not and the battle that follows is one she might not win, though all of it looks amazing thanks to the artistry of Guice and Danny Bulanadi. What is most surprising, is that when it is all said and done, Huntarr agrees to join Marionette, willing to team up with her rather than face Argon’s wrath and where this leads will most likely be explored in a future issue. Mantlo and Guice leave the book off with Rann who discovers that both Microtron and Nanotron are dead, having given their lives to the ship that looks like Biotron in order that it can become more like the deceased Micronaut and that Devil is dying, his injuries too severe. It also finds Rann, after some convincing, to link with the ship in order that it can absorb all of his life experiences and all he knows of Biotron, that his friend might live again and secondly, that lives might be saved. Come the end of it all, despite being a little shocking, it changes the status quo of the book, though whether that is for the better, only time will tell.

4.5 out of 5

3 replies »

  1. I never read these ones as a kid so I was starting from zero when reading your synopsis. You did a good job in getting me up to speed. I definitely agree that the cover art is very cool!

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