Issue by Issue – Micronauts #53

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

Despite not being a king anymore, he is going to be a father to one and so Acroyear is given new armour along with the bonus of the brand on his forehead which labelled him a traitor being removed. It is all a painful process and the Micronauts wonder just how it is that he is able to endure it, but as Bill Mantlo states in the book, Acroyear was a king and shall always be as such. As it is, the Micronauts must leave the Acroyear people and once aboard Bioship, Marionette once again states that they must go after Baron Karza despite the odds being more than overwhelming. It seems nothing will dissuade her and she then lashes out at Rann whom she thinks is doing nothing, but after breaking in his door and seeing him floating in mid-air, she is told by Fireflyte that he is trying to gain access to the Enigma Force, the one thing which might be able to defeat Karza once again. After a few moments of clarity, it is decided that they are not going to be able to do things on their own and that to stage a rebellion, they need rebels and the one place where there may still be some is on the prison planet, those that ended up there in the first place because of Baron Karza. Though some may have thought that the Micronauts were headed back to Earth given the cover of this book, Butch Guice who draws it all incredibly well and author Mantlo throw a curveball into the mix, for when the Micronauts arrive at their destination, the surroundings resemble something out of an old gangster movie, not that they know what that is. While it is all somewhat interesting and not at all a bad read, it feels like a bit of a misstep by the creative team to introduce a bit of the ridiculous into the proceedings as for the last number of issues, the book has been packed with some truly epic science-fiction drama. Trying to lighten the mood is not a bad thing, but introducing a planet of prisoners pretending to be old-timey gangsters is not what the book called for, instead a continuation of the Micronauts quest to find some serious allies to defeat their greatest enemy would have been more in line with what readers would more than likely would have enjoyed. It was entertaining and will be intriguing to see where it goes, but it will be nice to see the book get back on track without any silly excursions driving it off course.

4 out of 5

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