Issue(s): Micronauts #40
It's noted in this issue that the character Devil has lost weight due to all of the increased activity he's experienced with the Micronauts since leaving his portion of Homeworld. This addresses the changes in the way he's been drawn since his first appearance (including changes in the number of fingers he has, which a letter complains about in the lettercol for issue #42).
I really liked his stranger earlier appearances. He looks a lot more like the Beast at this point (with, granted, digitigrade style legs).
The Endeavor is badly damaged, but Devil rigs its Astrostation to operate as an independent flying craft, and after a scene with Bug trying to use a pay phone, the Micronauts head to the Baxter Building.
Most of the FF are out on the town, but the Thing is home with Franklin, and it's Franklin who lets them in.
He takes them to his father's Reducta-Craft, but they find it is being eaten by Antrons (you can also see in these panels an ongoing concern where Bug feels like his friendship with Acroyear is threatened by Devil).
The Thing helps the Micronauts fight them off, and then directs them to Dr. Doom's upstate castle. Dr. Doom is "under wraps". But the equipment that he used to create Liddleville would still be there.
Back in the Microverse, Force Commander continues to rev up his use of the Body Banks, both on others and himself.
Gil Kane begins his run on the Micronauts with this issue, but Dan Bulanadi's inks continue to come through strong, and since i'm not a big fan of Kane's art but i think he's good at storytelling and layouts, it's a good combination. This period continues to be a fun break from the space epic stuff that happens when the Micronauts are in the Microverse. Seeing them small (even if not microscopic) helps demonstrate the fact that they are indeed Micronauts, and interactions with the larger Marvel universe are always appreciated.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The Fantastic Four's Reducta-Craft is destroyed in this issue, placing this before Marvel Two-In-One #87 (which, ironically, has the Thing and Ant-Man traveling to the Microverse, so if the Micronauts had just stuck around....).
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showAcroyear, Baron Karza, Battleaxe (Micronaut), Bug, Commander Arcturus Rann, Devil (Micronaut), Duchess Belladonna, Force Commander, Franklin Richards, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, Marionette, Microtron, Mr. Fantastic, Nanotron, Thing
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