Issue by Issue – Micronauts Vol.2 #9

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

Issue nine opens with a surprise appearance from Devil who has reincarnated once again, though this time his memories of what has gone before are fuzzy and he feels a sense of danger surrounding him. As it is, he has been running, though he has no idea from what and discovers what he believes to be an escape from what has been getting closer, but what he finds is flawed and leading quite possibly to his death. Across the universe, Peter B. Gillis and Kelley Jones take readers back to the recovering Micronauts who are actually feeling quite good and they finally get around to revealing just what the aliens refer to themselves as and a little more of their faith and technology. The Children as they are called, seem like an idyllic race and it becomes clear that Solitaire is not just the most accomplished shape-changer of their race, but more of a leader as well and judging by her attitude at times, it makes Acroyear wary, believing that he should keep an eye on her for the time being. In the meantime, the Micronauts are taken on a trip to the second sun in The Children’s system, an experience that borders on the religious to them as the sun holds many mysterious properties including the ability to manipulate it. While all of it is very interesting to the companions, Rann feels almost a psychic scream in his head and somehow he knows that it is from Devil whom he thought long dead. So it is that something inside of Rann is able to manipulate the machines of The Children despite never having used them before and he is able to bring Devil forth from Homeworld, though what arrives is but a pale reflection. In order to save Devil’s life, he then must save him as a data stream of sorts and the only being capable of containing him at the moment is the newly reformed Biotron whom The Children had fixed up earlier. Gillis then introduces a further mystery into the proceedings, one on top of that which opened the book and it not only captivates readers, making them wonder just what is going on but the Micronauts as well. While the book has been quite good of late, it has also been spinning its wheels very slightly so it will be good to see the team on a new adventure, even if it takes them back to Homeworld which they thought they had left far behind.

4 out of 5

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