Writer: Dan Jolley
Artists: Steve Kurth (p), Barb Schulz (i)
Publisher: Image Comics
With Baron Karza's invasion of the planet Earth advancing steadily forward, we find our heroes are busy trying to get back together, as last issue's battle separated the group. While Ryan Archer pays a visit to an old girlfriend in a bid to expand the range of his communicator, Knave, Acroyear & the Galactic Defender are busy fighting a squadron of Baron Karza's minions. The issue then ends with Ryan Archer undergoing a rather unusual change.
My main problem with this latest arc is that the plot involving Baron Karza's invasion of Earth has taken over the book, so that the appeal of the move to Earth has been severely limited, as the Micronauts are too busy battling a threat from the Microverse, that Earth might as well have simply been another world in the Microverse. Now another part is that I've always been strictly a comic book fan of this series, and I never got into the whole toy aspect of the Micronauts, so that there are a few too many characters running around that the book seems to feel the readers will recognize, while precious little is done with these same characters to make readers unfamiliar with these characters in on the element that makes this character's arrival into something they should be excited about. So we have the big, bad Red Falcon, and the Galactic Defender putting on a show, which left me a bit unimpressed as neither of these characters were given a proper introduction so they might as well be disposable goons for all the interest I've invested in their actions. Now there are some solid moments to be found in these pages, as the encounter Archer has with his former girlfriend was a fun sequence, and the overall evil plot of Baron Karza's certainly caught my attention. Acroyear also gets to put on an impressive show.
As for the art, I'm glad to see this book looks to have finally settled down and gotten itself a regular artist, and Steve Kurth certainly puts on an impressive, show, with his in your face action, and a fairly diverse array of facial expressions. Now there are moments where the characters come across as a bit stiff, or adopt poses that look like they are posing for a magazine shoot, but for the most part the book does a pretty capable job of detailing the story. The main action scene between the Red Falcon & Acroyear is certainly a highly charged bit of action.
The move to Earth hasn't exactly been the raging success that I had hoped it would be, as the oversized environment has played very little role in the actual story. Now the invasion aspect of the material is interesting enough and one can't help but be impressed by the success that Baron Karza looks to be having, as well as the ruthless efficiency that he looks to be carrying out his plan. However, I had really hoped that the move to Earth would bring back some of the magic from the original series, but this book seems quite bound & determined to stick to the space opera that made up the first eight issues. As such the only real moment in this issue that plays up the idea of the size difference in Archer's visit with his former girlfriend, and this scene is hardly the most impressive, as the visit is handled in a rather hurried manner, and the woman seems to have very little trouble accepting the idea that her former boyfriend has been shrunk, and is running around with a group of miniaturized people.
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