Issue by Issue – Micronauts Vol.2 #4

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

The planet the Micronauts now find themselves on just may be the most perilous one they have ever visited as everything around them including the sun seems to be deadly. Having left the previous book off on a cliff-hanger which had seen the Micronauts seemingly perish, Peter B. Gillis and Kelley Jones reveal that they did not in fact die, but were pulled underground at the last second by some strange tentacles. Now in a place that looks to be more of a factory than anything else, they wonder what it is all for and why it is here in the first place. A little exploration finds the crew in danger once again as Mari gets zapped by a strange ray, with Arcturus following suit. It is here that Gillis turns to the cliché with a dream sequence that finds the two heroes at a dance back on Homeworld when they were younger and it is a strange scene to be sure. What Gillis does next though is quite interesting as the remaining Micronauts are attacked by some robots and they look to be almost dancing while doing so, the inference being that the shared dream of Rann and Mari are somehow influencing their programming. The robots prove to be little challenge for Bug, Acroyear and Huntarr, the latter discovering that his new form holds some truly offensive capabilities, though little in the way of its previous transformative properties. The action is exciting, to say the least as Jones brings his talents to bear on the page, Huntarr especially looking quite imposing. Eventually, Mari and Rann wake up from their stupor, each feeling better perhaps than they have in a long time with a need and a want to go back to that place for at least one more dance. When all is said and done, Gillis gives readers a look at the creatures responsible for everything that has happened thus far, weaponeers who have found no other use for this planet due to its climate. While all of this was taking place, Gillis would take readers back to Biotron and Microtron still on board the Endeavor and who had been trying to outrun the very dangerous sunlight as dawn was spreading across the surface of the planet. Once again though, it looks like the two robots may have met their end, almost assuredly, though who can say for sure until the next issue is read, for the creators leave it not as an if, but a when readers will do as such.

4 out of 5

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