The MICRONAUTS are caught between a rock and a hard place–or, in this case, a FORCE COMMANDER and a BARON KARZA. With their universe collapsing around them, the MICRONAUTS must survive a deadly civil war while the cataclysmic Entropy Storm keeps expanding. And whatever enters the Entropy Storm is never seen again!
The series finally pulls itself up by taking a look at a character’s back story. This issue looks into the rise of Baron Karza to power and his time serving both the Emperor and his fame hungry son, The Red Falcon. This plot showcases just how evil and formidable the Baron is, and did so better than the previous issue did when the rogue fended off an assassination attempt. Now, Karza feels like he would trample on any who stand in his way of obtaining his goals.
Writer Cullen Bunn has found a way to make Baron Karza seem threatening and help to shed some light on why he does what he does. Considering he is supposed to be one of the central villains of the series, this was a very strategic move. This attachment and intrigue about the characters was what the book was missing and is a welcomed sight to behold.
The action scenes in the book are very engaging and the scenes of dialogue have the perfect use of shadow to make it look like everyone is scheming as they are talking. Artist Max Dunbar does a fantastic job. The part which really stands out in the book is a two page splash depicting an epic battle.
Taking roots of the villain’s past helps to sell him as the cold and calculating villain he is supposed to be. Baron Karza is compelling and interesting. Now if the same can be done for the main characters, this comic will have something going for it.