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Issue by Issue – Micronauts #55

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

For the majority of the book, Bill Mantlo and Butch Guice put the focus on Huntarr who has decided to head back to Homeworld and take on Karza’s entire establishment by himself. He is tired of waiting around and on top of that, he is worried about the family that he once had as a man, his mother and his sister. There is some resistance to be met along the way of course and it actually works to his advantage when he is shot down and presumed dead, though it could not be farther from the truth. Huntarr eventually makes it back to the place he grew up in, only to have his mother die, perhaps thankful knowing her son was alive and giving her a bit of peace in the end, and in retaliation for the unfairness of it all, Huntarr burns the entire building down. He eventually makes his way to the Body Banks where his sister is being held as a breeder and it tears him apart inside to see how broken she is once found. To make matters worse, once he has freed her and the rest of those who were enslaved to bear children for Karza, they pick up their young and kill themselves making his grief unbearable. It is in this book that Mantlo officially makes Huntarr a Micronaut, though to be fair, the second he joined them and the resistance, it was hard not to think of him already as one of the team. It is also in this issue that we see a different side of Marionette, one who has let her guard down a little and who has decided to move on from the man she loves it seems and making for a few, slightly shocking panels in the books, especially given her devotion to Rann, but being as disappointed in him as she is and what with being a princess, she is free to do as she pleases. As for Commander Rann, he is still in communion with the Time Travelers and dealing with Karza who has had the same idea as Rann, to come to and have an audience with them and to make sure that they stay out of the upcoming conflict. This was a good issue overall and it was nice to see Huntarr get the spotlight and become a full member of the team, though just where it goes from here is unknown.

3.5 out of 5

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