Micronauts #5

Micronauts #5

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Title: “The Prometheus Pit!”
Synopsis: The Micronauts search for Bug brings them to Cape Canaveral – and into battle with crazy scientist Professor Prometheus.

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

Micronauts wants to be something special. But, despite exceptional art, the series struggles to find its “it” thing. This fifth issue is a case in point: It’s enjoyable, but lacking. A major problem is that the series’ B-plot – a brewing revolution back on the dystopian Homeworld – is more interesting than the Micronauts’ Lilliputian adventures on Earth. Homeworld offers political intrigue and class warfare stemming from Baron Karza’s sinister Body Banks. Earth offers the threat of a generic mad scientist … and Muffin the dog. Bill Mantlo’s story needs to level up if Micronauts is going to make the leap.

Grade: B+

Cool factor: We’ve said it before but, dang, this is a pretty book.
Not-so-cool factor: It remains to be seen if Micronauts can shake free of its derivative elements.

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

Notable: The “Micromails” letter column includes an LOC from future Eclipse editor Cat Yronwode.

Character Quotable
“I believe Steve Coffin called it his Muffin, Commander!”Acroyear, because nothing is scary like a Muffin
Micronauts #5

Published and © by Marvel and © Mego, May 1979
Cover by Michael Golden and Josef Rubinstein

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Micronauts #5 remains uncollected at the time of this review’s publication.

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