The Acroyears: A Mighty Marvel Bonus Poster
– From Micronauts #52 by Marvel Comics.
Art by Jackson Guice and Kelley Jones.
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The original Micronauts series from the 1970s is a mixed bag. Writer Bill Mantlo involves the Micronauts in the super-hero filled “Marvel Universe” and plays on the fact that they would be toy-size in “our reality.” Those are great ideas when writing for 8 year olds. And when we were 8, it was a lot of fun!
But Bill Mantlo acheived literary high points in the series when he left all that “Marvel” stuff behind. He began to delve into the reality of the Micronauts in their own home universe, and develop them as characters – as opposed to developing a toy franchise. The best part of the series is the saga of Acroyear, king of the warrior species of Acroyears. If only Bill had kept the series on this vibe, it would have been masterful.
How do we know? Because that’s exactly what Peter B. Gillis did in 1984 with these characters. Mantlo’s potential became fully realized as Gillis took our adventurers on an epic space saga that explored the depths of their universe and their own depths as characters.
Now many years ago, it might have cost you a pretty penny to get the early Micronauts issues. But these days, you can get the whole series for about a buck a piece.
Is it worth it? We think so. There’s a lot to love about the series. You can also get the entire Micronauts The New Voyages by Peter B. Gillis. If you love science fiction adventure with absolutely cosmic themes, Micronauts New Voyages is a winner!