The universe is being torn apart and the MICRONAUTS are caught in the middle! They find themselves prisoners… er, guests… of the enigmatic FORCE COMMANDER, leader of the SPACE GLIDERS, who has a connection to Captain Oziron Rael — one that makes Rael a target for BARON KARZA and his ACROYEARS!
This new installment of the Micronauts seems to be suffering under the weight of its own linage. From the set up and the way characters keep talking there is a lot going on, and a lot of stories which can come from this world but little actual character movement or plot development has occurred. So far, the team took a mission, had to escape to a planet, and have been captured. This isn’t the summary of the issue, this the summary of the first three issues so far. Not a lot has happened with these characters and the book is suffering because of it. It’s not a bad series but it needs to get its act together and start having the characters make some big choices.
The book does introduce an interesting plot point but this is on the final page of the issue. Hopefully from here on Oz and his team will be making the tough calls to help flush out who they are and what they stand for because right now the cast feels generic and boring.
Max Dunbar’s art is serviceable, but at times is less menacing for moments that need to be truly intense. Case in point, Baron Zarak encounters and defeats an assassin in this issue but he doesn’t feel intimidating for some reason. It might have to do with the fact he’s no longer the towering figure of mystery he was in the first issue. Still, something can be said for not feeling any type of dread from a character repelling an assassination attempt. Maybe it’s still just too early and it’s obvious Zarack would survive it.
This series is attempting to build a universe which will appeal to new and old Micronaut fans. Unfortunately, the new fans aren’t going to stick around much longer if something of worthy doesn’t start happening in the near future. The action and drama really need to be kicked it into high gear in the next few issues.