Micronauts #1

Micronauts #1

In Marvel, Reviews by T. Andrew Wahl0 Comments

“Jim (Shooter) and Stan (Lee) were appalled! What did you do? We can’t understand this!”Writer Bill Mantlo, on his early efforts on Micronauts
(From Mantlo: A Life in Comics, 2007)


Title: “Homeworld!”
Synopsis: Arcturus Rann returns from a millennium of exploration to find the Microverse under siege by the evil Baron Karza.

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Penciler: Michael Golden
Inker: Josef Rubinstein

As with his other toy-spawned epic, Rom (see reviews), writer Bill Mantlo borrows heavily from popular sci-fi tropes for this debut issue of Micronauts. But instead of Rom’s ’50’s B-movie paranoia, Micronauts mines a more contemporary brand of sci-fi. Royalty and rebellions and black-masked tyrants with genetically engineered foot soldiers? Yes, the (Enigma) Force is strong with this one. The derivative elements aren’t the only problem: The premise requires a huge amount of setup – more than can be wedged into this single issue. But there’s certainly potential here, and a saving grace: gorgeous art from Michael Golden!

Grade: A-

Cool factor: Michael Golden interior art. Wish he had done more, because it was always so dang pretty.
Not-so-cool factor: Comander Rann returns home after 1,000 years in suspended animation and experiences very little culture shock? Really?

Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).

Notable: First comic-book appearance of the Micronauts. … Based on a 1970’s toy line from Mego. …  This issue also includes a “Meet: The Micronauts” page with brief character bios. … According to Mantlo: A Life in Comics, writer Bill Mantlo pitched Marvel with a proposal for a Micronauts series after his son, Adam, received a few of the action figures for Christmas in 1977.

Character Quotable
“An eternity spent in subservience to Karza and his perverted science? That is not what I call living, Argon!”Princess Mari, soon to be on the run as Marionette
Micronauts #1

Published and © by Marvel and © Mego, January 1979
Cover by Dave Cockrum and Al Milgrom

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Micronauts #1 remains uncollected at the time of this review’s publication.

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