Issue by Issue – X-Men and the Micronauts #3

Writer – Chris Claremont, Bill Mantlo
Artist – Butch Guice
Inker – Bob Wiacek
Colours – Julianna Ferriter
Letters – Joe Rosen

In a series both enjoyable and somewhat strange in its pacing, the third issue of X-Men and the Micronauts brought to life by the incredibly talented Chris Claremont, Bill Mantlo and Butch Guice begins with both teams of heroes under the leadership of The Entity, taking on Karza’s Dog Soldiers. Despite being greatly outnumbered, they manage to pull out a win, but that is not good enough for The Entity who not only kills Commander Rann for not being ruthless enough, to which he is soon resurrected, but he destroys the entire outpost and the planet it resides on. Meanwhile, what seems to be Baron Karza is in actuality Kitty Pryde, doing her best at pretending to be the despot, but Degrayde is getting wise to the fact that something is wrong. For her part, Kitty is quite frightened of what is going on, her fourteen-year-old self not quite prepared to be a megalomaniacal leader, sending untold numbers of men and women to their death. There is a moment not too long after this that the creative team make things a little uncomfortable for the reader, at least those discerning enough to remember that Kitty Pryde is only a teenager for with Karza still inside of her mind, he is doing his best at pretending to be her and while doing so, discovers The Entity attracted to the young woman. Making matters just slightly worse is the fact that Guice has depicted Kitty in a bikini and more like a woman than a child, making that scene with The Entity more villainous than expected. When not playing with his toys, The Entity has them locked up in a dungeon of sorts from which they all escape while simultaneously, Professor X is fighting to send his astral self to the Microverse in order to lend a hand in whatever battle might be coming with the monster. That being said, The Entity meets up with him and while they fight, it is revealed that The Entity is indeed the other side of Professor X, the darker side of the man after which, he kills the mutant leader. While this was a little underwhelming, as an unknown villain might have worked a little better, it made those scenes with Kitty Pryde even more disturbing. As for how this all plays out, it remains unknown, but with all the talent involved, hopefully it is better than this issue turned out to be.

3 out of 5

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