They Came From Inner Space-A Micronauts Review Thread Aug 26, 2014 2:28:16 GMT -5 shaxper likes this
Post by mrp on Aug 26, 2014 2:28:16 GMT -5
Cover Date: September 1979
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Penciller/co-plotter: Michael Golden
Inker/Editor: Al Migrom
Letterer: Joe Rosen
Colorist: Carl Gafford
Cover: Michael Golden
Home is Where the Heart Is! (color; 18 pages)
Synopsis: The Micronauts return to the Microverse and emerge near Spartak, the Acoyear homeworld, where the Acroyear fleet take them into custody. They are taken planetside, but Acroyear does not know what type of reception they will receive, and they prepare for the fight of their lives. Karza returns as well, and rendezvous with his fleet, and learns where the Micronauts are, ordering the battle fleet to Spartak. On Homeworld, Force Commander and Slug lead the rebel forces on an attack against the Body Banks, aided by the Shaodwpriests. Back on Spartak, the Acroyear people swear allegiance to Priince Acroyear, who is reunited with his love and learns his brother is in captivity and the thoughtwash has ended. Karza's fleet arrives and bombards Spartak. The Micronauts aid in the defense while Acroyear enters a crystal chamber to activate the Spartak world mind a sis the role of the King of his people. Karza's forces are winning and it appears Rann's ship is destroyed in battle when it crashes into Karza's force shields. Acroyear activates the world mind uniting the minds of all his people, and we learn how Acroyears people came to the world and settled it...
Comments: Milgrom's inks do not do Golden's art any favors. Milgrom has a heavy line and it looks liek there is a lot more spotted blacks, obscuring faces and other details, and while not quite wreaking havoc with Golden's aork, it does drag it down, and make it feel stiffer and less dynamic. The war machines of the Microverse look much more toy-like and out of place this issue than in any issue since the debut issue, and I think a lot of that can be laid at the feet of Milgrom.
Storywise, it's good but mostly set up for the final act of this opening saga, moving it into the next phase. Lots of exposition, reveals about Acroyear and Spartak, and lots of little cliffhanger,s but very little resolution of anything this issue, so it feels a bit unsatisfying as a chapter in the saga in and of itself. A couple of good character moments-Rann and Mari's reaction to Acroyer and his love Cicilia's reunion, and Mari's reaction to Rann's apparent death are the highlights, and Bug is sliding into the role of comic relief more and more, with Microtron his aide-de-camp in such. Bug gets played as a buffoon though, and his antics are not quite funny, but his devotion to Acroyear is a saving grace for the character at this point, giving him some appeal despite the buffoonery.
The Spartek world mind though just seemed ripped form the pages of Kirby's Eternals, with the added element of a semi-sentient planet thrown in. Apparently Spartek was once home to another people, who left for the stars, and when the nomadic Aroyears fond it in their diaspora, the world adopted them, but remade them in the image of warriors to be able to survive its harsh environment. In return, it offered the ritual of the worldmind, given tot he rightful kings to unite the people in times of trial and tribulation. The concept of it uniting the consciousness of all Acroyer of all generations into a hive-like mind fugue just seems a blatant rip off of the Eternals Uni-Mind, but the collective consciousness of a people is a sci-fi trope, so it's not so out of place, just a little too on the nose swiping for my taste.
All in all, a decent issue, but a notch below what had come before.