Sometimes when the book focuses upon a single character it can be hit or miss and so it is that here, Peter B. Gillis and Rod Whigham present a truly good story featuring Acroyear who does not get the spotlight as often as he should. It finds the man ruminating on his life, of the meaning of his name and how it has changed over the years. He is in a sullen mood, missing his people and Celicia who carries his unborn son and so it comes to a point where he starts talking to a vision of that woman, a figment of his own mind, but one that serves a purpose as he explores what it is, essentially, to be him. Part of Acroyear’s thoughts go to that which people call love and though many think that it was new to him after his time with the Micronauts, he in fact had discovered the feeling long before he ever set out with his friends and teammates. Gillis takes readers into the past before Karza ruled everything with an iron fist when the Acroyear race was more akin to a police force, patrolling and protecting the galaxy on behalf of Homeworld. There is a spectacular action sequence that takes place as the Acroyears answer a distress call and come to the aid of a race called the Ecbatani and it is one of the most exciting scenes to take place in any Micronauts issue. When all is said and done, what follows is a tale of father and son, of betrayals and revelations with Acroyear wrapped up in the proceedings. Also in this story, readers will learn of an Acroyear woman named Lady Illyrie, a mighty warrior and one who is in love with Acroyear, though the words are never explicitly spoken. She knows that Acroyear is betrothed to Celicia and honour is everything to those of their race, but she would have him for her own and if honour did not hold him back, it is quite evident that he would indeed have been hers for he loved her as well, the words remaining unspoken. Tragedy enters the picture though, as it always does for most heroes, and Illyrie does not live past this adventure, but one can see that it has affected Acroyear and clearly still does to the present day. A great tale from Gillis with artwork from the very talented Rod Whigam who shows readers what he is made of. Whether anything comes from this, like a reconciliation between Acroyear and Celicia remains to be seen, but it is something to hope for.
4 out of 5