Issue by Issue – Micronauts Vol.2 #20

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

Worldhome!, the final chapter of the journey the Micronauts have been on for so long brings everything to a close and it is a mixed bag of emotions that readers will feel when all is said and done. As laid out in the previous issue, sacrifice was demanded in order that Homeworld and the Microverse be saved, that it might be reborn and life continue in some fashion. The Micronauts of course agreed to do so and all of them would jump into the Prometheus Pit except for two of them. Each is transported to a different place where other Prometheus Pits are located with each of the Micronauts reflecting back on their lives and their last moments. All but Commander Rann and Marionette that is as they decide on what their next step should be. Mari cannot seem to make up her mind, but Rann who wears the armour of Baron Karza is leaving it all up to her, yet at the same time influencing her in a certain direction which she eventually catches onto. This final tale as presented by Peter B. Gillis and Kelley Jones does not necessarily show readers the final fates of the Micronauts, but one can guess that after that final page, they were transformed into their primal elements giving birth to that promised new life. Such as it is though, all of the lead-up to that was not quite as good as one would have hoped. If the Micronauts were to go out with one final bow, most would have thought it to be a little more exciting or to at least see what came after and to say that it was not is putting it lightly. Most of the team wallowed in self-pity for the most part and thankfully when the end came for them, they found peace – Acroyear with the silence that surrounds him, Huntarr laughing and living as perhaps he never did previously and Bug with a bit of joy at seeing butterflies spring forth from his sneezes. Even Scion has a final moment with Fireflyte, though he is perhaps the most pitiful of the bunch. When it comes to Mari and Rann though, one would think Gillis would send them off in high fashion which in a very slight way, he did, but it could have and should have been so much more. While this was not the most satisfying ending to a comic ever put to print, at least it had one and would mark the end, so to speak, of an era.

3.5 out of 5

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