Issue by Issue – Micronauts #59

Writer – Peter Gillis
Artist – Kelley Jones
Inker – Bruce Patterson
Colours – Bob Sharen
Letters – Janice Chiang

New writer Peter Gillis is joined by new series artist Kelley Jones to start a new era in the lives of the Micronauts and they do so as the friends reflect back on their lives and what it means to leave Homeworld quite possibly for the last time. Though it may not be the most action-packed beginning that one would have hoped for, this epilogue of sorts serves readers old and new quite well by re-introducing the team and finding out just what it is that makes them tick. For some of the Micronauts, that remains unchanged, but for others, their lives are not as they used to be such as Huntarr, who was bred to be a living weapon and now that there are no battles to be fought, what does a weapon do? Marionette was a princess, a daughter, a sister and finally a warrior and with Karza defeated, all that she once was is no more meaning she now has to discover a new purpose in order to move forward. All of this also comes into play as the Micronauts want to leave a memorial for their home planet, something for those that might come upon it so that they might know what once was. Biotron and Microtron want to help, but there are things they do not understand about the living, particularly when it comes to feelings, that needs explaining. Gillis then gives readers glimpses from the past of the companions as they try to explain concepts like love, hope, fear and death and it turns out to be quite captivating. While this is a different issue of sorts than what most readers might be used to, it is good to see Gillis taking the time to explore the characters that he will be writing on a regular basis, finding their roots so to speak before sending them off to do who knows what. As for that, it does take a while to get through as there is quite a bit of dialogue with no battles to fight and little to examine other than their own psyches. Jones who goes from inker to penciller does a solid job with his own distinct style of artistry, similar to what Guice had done previously but with an echo of what will be in the years to come. Overall this was a good book and served as both a solid ending and beginning for these veteran heroes.

4 out of 5

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