Issue by Issue – Micronauts #54

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

Bill Mantlo, who has been chronicling the exploits of the Micronauts since day one, presents them with two challenges in this issue, the first being to escape their jailers and the second to unite the various peoples and factions of Prisonworld so that they might have a chance against Baron Karza and his almost limitless forces. It seems like a lot, but given the adversity that they have faced thus far, it does not seem so out of reach that they cannot accomplish it. The book begins with them getting captured, those that they face not being simply Dog Soldiers, but bioengineered creatures much like Huntarr who stands with them. That being said, while they do their best, they are overcome and captured. Next, they are put in prison with those they were trying to recruit, an almost silly thing as the entire planet they stand upon is a prison, and it is there they meet all kinds of new characters including a giant of a beast called Murder-1. Mantlo sends them before a judge not soon after, taking part in a sham trial where the rebellion of Prisonworld then begins in earnest and it does so because of tragedy, much like many of the events that have spurred the Micronauts on. Said event is the death of the being called Murder-1, a gallant and selfless creature that has simply had enough of being trodden upon by those who are truly corrupt. It spurs everyone into action, first the Micronauts and finally the rest of the inmates and with some words of encouragement from Marionette and the actions of her team, it is time for Prisonworld to cast off its shackles and take the fight to Baron Karza. This was a much better issue than the last, the rebellion making a comeback in a big way thanks to the Micronauts. All that remains to be seen is just how they enter the fray and if they will be enough or if the companions will go in search of more allies. As for Commander Rann, he is still in meditation with Fireflyte aboard Bioship, hoping to gain the use of the Enigma Force so that they might end the threat of Karza once and for all. With Butch Guice on top of his artistic duties making the book look great and Mantlo once again providing a story worth reading like every issue beforehand, the Micronauts manage to continue on a path of excellence.

4 out of 5

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