Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #1

7 Overall Score
Art: 8/10
Dialogue: 7/10
Story: 6/10

So many favorites in one place!

Somehow manages to be pretty boring...

Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #1
(W) Cullen Bunn, Jimmy Johnston (A) Andrew Griffith, Ron Joseph (CA) Alex Ronald
IDW Publishing
2017

As one universe dies, another is invaded! Microspace–the home of the Micronauts–is collapsing. But Baron Karza has discovered a new universe in which the people of Microspace would thrive, a new universe in which he would rule! The first world to be conquered is Earth, and the first enemies to be targeted are the TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE, M.A.S.K., and ROM!

I keep trying to be excited for IDW’s new combined universe, but so far it’s just not working out for me. Micronauts: Wrath of Karza #1 doesn’t do anything to change that, ranging from simply average to being flat out boring. Bringing pretty much every awesome toy line from the 80s into one comic world may sound like a great idea, but it’s coming across as little more than a marketing gimmick.

I’ll begin with the simply average by talking about the artwork in these pages. Nothing about it is exactly bad, and on rare occasions it does manage to capture the slickness of all these cool cars and guns and flying robots, but there is also not a single exceptional image in the entire book. It’s flat at best, and cheesy at worst.

And speaking of flat, I do not understand how this book makes all these epic events so damn boring. Hundreds of worlds being devoured by a god. G.I. Joe and Transformers working together. More 80s memories than you can shake a stick at! And practically everything is told by dispassionate narration… It’s not good writing, and it saps the story of any potential it ever had.

I’ll keep an eye on this series, and I’ll hope things get better once all the set up and back story is taken care of, but I’m not expecting much from it, and in the meantime, I certainly can’t recommend this to any one but the most die hard fans of one of the IPs involved. If you NEED more Transformers, it’s here. But for anyone else, you’re not missing very much…

 

 

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