Issue by Issue – Micronauts Vol.2 #11

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

This issue marks a turning point in the lives of the Micronauts as Commander Arcturus Rann, now aged to more resemble the years he has put behind him, has decided to go with The Children of the Dreaming Star so that he might finally rest. Marionette is visibly angry and upset as the man she loves has essentially given up on life, but as Acroyear puts it, if anyone deserves a break, it is he. As for the rest of the team, they must carry on and at the moment, that means trying to find a way through the space wall. Perhaps it is luck or maybe fate, but the Micronauts come into contact with a fleet on the opposite side of the wall and it just so happens to be the Acroyear race with none other than the Lady Celicia leading them. Together, they head towards a strange station that has positioned itself on the wall, attached by a race of beings long extinct, but far more technologically advanced than any they have encountered thus far. It is also at this station that they not only learn about this long-dead race but realize that punching through the Spacewall is not going to be possible here either. In addition to all of this though is some heartbreak courtesy of Peter B. Gillis and perhaps a bit of finality as Acroyear finally confronts Celicia over their relationship or at least the lack of one. While Celicia still loves Acroyear in a fashion, she also wants him dead as she believes him to be bereft of honour. It crushes Acroyear, but now he is finally free, completely free and so it is that he can continue on with the only real family he has left – the Micronauts. As the book moves towards its final act, Gillis and artist Kelley Jones bring the Enigma Force back into play as it seeks to destroy the station and as the Micronauts make their getaway, they encounter a strange being upon the ship, the one only seen in shadow in the previous issue and his presence is sure to change things aboard the Endeavor, whether for good or bad is anyone’s guess. When it is all said and done, this was a great issue with Acroyear finally getting a little finality on a personal problem and a goodbye said to an old friend, though readers have to know this cannot be the last of Acroyear, especially given how quickly he was written out.

4 out of 5

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