Synopsis: The Micronauts appear to take heavy losses as they clash with Baron Karza’s Dog Soldiers over the Acroyear homeworld, Spartak.
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Penciler: Michael Golden
Inker: Al Milgrom
It took awhile to find its pace, but Micronauts is now moving at break-neck speed. This strong outing from writer Bill Mantlo showcases the brutal extremes of war, with both sides committing atrocities. Throw in some heavy-handed racial elements (i.e., Shaitan feeling ostracized because of his albino skin), and this comic is thick with the type of social relevance made popular earlier in the Bronze Age. Mantlo continues to get strong support from Michael Golden, though Al Milgrom’s inks aren’t the best match. Still, Micronauts is in fine form as the series hurtles toward the completion of its first arc.
Cool factor: Destroy! Destroy! DESTROY!!
Not-so-cool factor: The Worldmind plot is a little deus ex machina (but not enough to undermine suspension of disbelief).
Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).
Notable: The “Micromails” letter column includes an LOC from future comic-book and gaming artist Jeff Dee.
“DESTROY!!”Acroyear, pretty much summing up the tone of this issue
Published and © by Marvel and © Mego, October 1979
Cover by Michael Golden