Micronauts: The New Voyages #10-12
Issue(s): Micronauts: The New Voyages #10, Micronauts: The New Voyages #11, Micronauts: The New Voyages #12
Solitaire turns up on the Micronaut's ship as a stowaway, wearing a new form that for once isn't an exact copy of someone else's.
The plan to get through the spacewall is to use a technique similar to the Dreaming Star from last issue, focusing all the energy of the fleet of Confluence ships through Commander Rann so that he can punch a hole in the wall. This puts them in conflict with the Enigma Force, which is for some reason trying to keep the wall sealed (as Devil's message from last issue indicated, the Force seems to have gone mad).
Rann battles the Enigma Force, fails to defeat it, and in failure aged (it's worth remembering that Rann is actually centuries old).
Marionette is also paralyzed in the attack.
After that failed attempt, the Confluence decides to go home, and Rann chooses to go with them to return to the Dreaming Star. Marionette doesn't take that decision well, and i'm not sure if Bug's decision to comfort him is based on friendship or if he's making a movie.
Soon, the remaining Micronauts are contacted by Acroyear's people, led by his betrothed, Cilicia, who wants to arrest Acroyear and try him for treason. Since they're on the other side of the spacewall, they lead them to an interesting area they located, called Breachpoint, where the Micronauts discover an alien corpse.
It belonged to an ancient conquering species that died failing to breach the wall. It's noted that the creature looks vaguely like the smaller creatures from Confluence. Finding the ruins of an ancient alien civilization may be a bit cliched (as noted in the comments, Alien & Planet of the Vampires being homaged here specifically) but i think it's pretty cool.
Acroyear uses the technology of Breachpoint to fire a ray that disperses Cilicia's fleet. But when he returns to the Micronaut's ship, he finds a strange new being called Scion, who says that he'd like to be Leader of the Micronauts, please.
We learn that Scion is actually the creature that hatched from the egg that the Micronauts have been carrying around this entire series; we actually saw him in a larvae form in issue #8, he was the monster that helped them when they were dying from radiation poisoning. He considers the Micronauts, and especially Huntarr, his siblings.
He and Solitaire also share a secret but we don't learn it yet.
With Scion's help the Micronauts finally breach the spacewall.
At one point Scion is stuck outside of the ship and because she's already paralyzed and therefore numb to pain Marionette is the only one who can rescue him. To do so, Huntarr has to manipulate her body, making her a true marionette, which is a clever bit.
The boobie shots of Solitaire are out of control.
Marionette has unfortunately always been a source of cheesecake but it's gotten ten times worse since Solitaire joined the cast. Kelley Jones is a good artist but this is not an admirable trait of his.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Last issue ended with the Micronauts and the Confluence fleet heading to the Micronaut's galaxy, and they are still in transit at the beginning of this issue, but presumably some time has passed.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showAcroyear, Biotron II, Bug, Cilicia, Commander Arcturus Rann, Huntarr, Marionette, Microtron II, Scion, Solitaire
Solitaire seems to be copying a Times Square hooker.
The scene with the dead alien appears to be lifted from a similar bit in "Alien".
Posted by: Mark Drummond | June 2, 2012 7:16 PM
Can anyone say Space Jockey?
Posted by: Nathan Adler | June 4, 2012 6:11 AM
While I'm sure this comic more than likely takes the "space jockey" imagery from Alien, it should be pointed out Alien arguably lifted that whole sequence from Planet of the Vampires (1965). Scott and O'Bannon denied having ever seen the Mario Bava film but the scenes are so similar it strains credulity to believe it's a coincidence.
Posted by: Robert | November 17, 2013 12:26 PM
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