Issue by Issue – Micronauts #57

Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Butch Guice
Inker – Kelley Jones, Sam Grainger
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Rick Parker

On the world of Never-Summer, the people there fight a hard battle simply to live from day-to-day. Food is not as plentiful as it should be and thus many end up starving. Some of them are resourceful but others find it easier to make war and such is the case with the Wolverine people who are seen slaughtering the Beaver people during the first part of the book. Written by Bill Mantlo and drawn by Butch Guice, they take inspiration from an Ojibwe tale in the telling of this, providing the framework around which will see Baron Karza come to the planet, not simply to bring that fabled summer with him, but its utter destruction. The Micronauts in the meantime have encountered one of Karza’s courier ships and while they take care of business, two things happen, the first of which being Captain D’ark making an escape, living to warn Karza of what had transpired. The second and more important is the change in character that Arcturus notices in Mari and the rest of his teammates, but especially the former, the woman that he loves. Rann realizes that she is not the same woman that he had fallen in love with previously, their trials and tribulations having changed her and that she too is not in love with him anymore and it hurts him more than he will ever say. All of this eventually takes the Micronauts to the same planet where Karza has come and where the leader of the Wolverine tribe has taken it upon himself to bring summer to the world and the people he loves. While there is a lot of drama and tension amongst the Micronauts and evil aplenty from Karza and his minions, there is a very moving story being told amongst it all with Ojeeg, the Wolverine chieftain, taking center stage. Readers feel sorry for the man as he simply does what he must that his people survive, whether it is the slaughter of another tribe, the proportioning of meagre rations or scaling a mountain from which he may or may not return from. It all leads to one massive confrontation atop the mountain’s peak where Baron Karza looks to use his Sunscope to destroy the planet, where the Micronauts aim to defeat him once and for all and where Ojeeg knows what he must do and so sacrifices himself that his people and his world might live.

4.5 out of 5

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