Issue by Issue – Micronauts Vol.2 #1

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

The first issue of the second series starring the Micronauts begins with them debating on just where it is they are going to go. With Homeworld desolate and nobody else having a viable option, Arcturus Rann offers up a suggestion of a planet he discovered in his thousand-year travels with Biotron. So it is that they set off, but it is not long before trouble comes their way, for even when all of their enemies are defeated, they still cannot manage to catch a break. As it is, part of the engine is malfunctioning and as Rann is the only one that really knows how to fix it, he is the best choice to head out into space to fix it even if it is on the outer hull. The problem is that they are travelling in hyperspace and one wrong move will see him dead or worse. Rann will not be dissuaded in his course of action though and so heads out to take care of it and while he does so, he still manages to lose a hand to those unforgiving elements. Peter B. Gillis who started his tenure on the book with the last issue of the last volume, continues here and he writes a strong opener, one that continues to both outline the crew’s current circumstances while exploring their characters a little further. Huntarr specifically is having a hard time of it all, for having been crafted as a weapon of war, he has no idea how he is supposed to enjoy peace if he cannot become something a little more human than he is now. The same goes for Marionette, who after seeing Rann volunteer to save them all even if it meant his own life, has feelings well up within her that she had thought long gone, part of that being love. She is still at war with herself though as she wants to lash out at something, anything as the rage within her still burns, but there is that realization that she needs to learn how to be at peace again if she is to continue on. This would not be an issue of The Micronauts without some sort of threat rearing its head and it does so in the form of a strange asteroid circling a sun, farther out in space than anyone of the companions has ever been. Just what it is and what it can do is partially revealed, but Gillis and artist Kelley Jones leave it for the readers to discover in the next issue what will happen to the team and if one had to guess, it will not be anything good.

3.5 out of 5

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