Issue by Issue – Micronauts Vol.2 #15

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

Once again, Peter B. Gillis and Kelley Jones take a break from the ongoing storyline they had been telling to present a chapter of Marionette’s life from before the Micronauts were even a thing and long before Baron Karza had taken power. It finds the Princess Mari an entitled rich girl, one who believes that she deserves everything that she has and that there is no greater beauty in all the Microverse, though as to the latter, the fact that everyone treats her as such does not help matters any. The story is not solely about Marionette though as another woman is introduced, one that will become both servant and friend though more of the former than the latter and of a man who covets the Princess as well as a scheming Karza who looks to further his own agenda. Gillis packs the tale with drama and tragedy as well as a lesson in humility for the Princess as she learns a lesson that will change her forever into the present-day woman she is now. While the story overall was not half-bad, it was yet another diversion from the mission the Micronauts have been on and for readers, it is a little frustrating that the wheels on this book continue to grind as it were. On one hand, it is nice to see the unexplored regions of the lives of the various Micronauts but on the other, it would be great to see an end to their current mission so that they might embark upon another. As for the artwork by Jones, it was definitely not as good as previous issues, even going so far as to look like half of the book had been drawn by another artist and introducing elements into the Homeworld culture which had never been present before, though there is nothing to say that they could not have existed. Suffice it to say, this issue was not one of the better issues in the series, but it was not altogether that bad either.

2.5 out of 5

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