To say that I’m a big fan of comics from the 1970s and 1980s is putting it mildly. The nostalgia of it all hits me right where it counts, and grabs my attention every time. So, when I heard the Micronauts were coming back, by IDW publishing this time, I got excited.
I knew this latest incarnation would be different from the originals that I remember so fondly, but I was still willing to pick it up and give it a try. Twenty-some pages later, I left the first issue with a mixed bag of feelings.
So what’s the same? Well, not much. If it was an actual toy that came out in the original line from Mego, then it has a chance of being in the new comic. Gone are characters like Bug, Mari, and Arcturus. Those characters were part of the universe that Marvel created for the toy line via their ongoing comic. So, needless to say, the feel is completely different.
I’m not going to wax on about how the original series was so much better than this one, especially seeing how there has only been one issue of it so far — that would be an unfair comparison. I will say, however, that the initial excitement I felt about it is pretty much gone, leaving me in the same position I find myself after being introduced to any new series.
The good news is that the story so far is interesting enough to hold my interest and, if you enjoy space operas, this might work for you. The writing by Cullen Bunn isn’t anything new or earth shattering; it’s a pretty straight forward introduction issue. We learn who the major players are, the good guys and the bad, but that’s about it.
The best part of this book is the art. David Baldeon did the breakdowns with Fico Ossio doing the finishing work, and it looks great. The art has a Disney flavor to it, and will do well for a more lighthearted style of story. If Bunn intends to keep it as such, then I think the art is spot on. If they intend to go more realistic, or mature, then I’m not sure the style of art will fit. That being said, the art as a whole was very fluid, detailed, and original enough to not make it seem like a rip off of other types of sci-fi.
In the end the new Micronauts have potential. If you’re looking for a revival of the old series, forget it. That’s not going to happen. I think this factor kills the possibility of the series for me, because I won’t be able to shake the desire to just read the old stories. On the other hand, if you are looking for a new sci-fi story, then it might hit the spot –we will have to wait and see what we get in the next couple of issues to be sure.