Issue by Issue – Micronauts #52

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Butch Guice
Inker – Danny Bulanadi
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Janice Chiang

The fifty-second issue of The Micronauts is one that is full of tragedy and yet, there is still some good to be found as well. Bill Mantlo and Butch Guice begin it all in Sea Zone where Baron Karza has just arrived. Knowing that he will find no loyal subjects here and only rebellion, he has come prepared for it is on this day that Sea Zone is to die. Dying is putting it lightly though as Karza decimates Oceania with a solar weapon, the waters of its oceans evaporating and all the people who once lived there drowning because of it. When all is said and done, with bodies strewn about everywhere and Karza leaving to teach a similar lesson to another people elsewhere, one woman still stands, that being Lady Coral who refused to transition along with her people into a water-breather and thus living to tell the tale and begin the rebellion against Karza anew. Mantlo and Guice then take readers to where the book left off with the last issue as Acroyear must now battle for his right to be king once more, to prove that he is not a traitor and maybe, just maybe, gain back the love of Celicia. Suffice it to say, things are not going to be quite that easy as Celicia cannot even stand to look at Acroyear, much less talk to him and she wants nothing more than to see him dead, so deep does her hatred run. As the current regent of the Acroyears, it is Celicia’s duty to face Acroyear in ritual combat and while he wishes it could be different, he will do battle as tradition commands. With the other Micronauts standing on the sidelines unable to do anything and Commander Rann trying to get in contact with the Time Travelers with Fireflyte’s help, Acroyear must battle alone and yet, as he does so, he finds he cannot harm the woman he once loved. Soon it is simply Celicia raining blows down upon Acroyear while he does nothing but defend himself and it only ends when a revelation is made, one that will change the course of their lives and that of their people. That revelation, while one of hope and joy is also one of sadness for Acroyear, because of it, now finds himself forever banished from his people and forever a Micronaut. That at least is a good thing, in part anyways for though he might have lost one family, he will always have another. As for Rann, his quest has failed yet again but refuses to give up and means to get the help they need with the Enigma Force, though at the moment, it looks as if no matter how many times he tries, they are all bound to end in failure. A moving story combined with phenomenal artwork continue to make The Micronauts a must-read.

4.5 out of 5

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