Micronauts issue 3
|Publisher||IDW Publishing, Ted Adams|
|First published||June 29, 2016|
|Written by||Cullen Bunn|
|Line-art by||Max Dunbar|
|Colors by||David Garcia Cruz|
|Letters by||Tom B. Long|
Prisoners of Baron Daegon!
As the Micronauts are led under armed guard to the Ministry of Science's flagship, Larissa quizzes Oz on his history with Baron Daegon. The Pharoid hesitantly claims that he used to "work" for the Baron, and he is seemingly valuable enough to the Ministry leader that he is able to successfully demand that Acroyear and Microtron remain with the rest of the group. Before taking them aboard, Daegon reveals their new destination to Oz: the entropy storm!
At the Ministry of Defense's perimeter outpost, Shazraella brings her husband the news that Valtricos research station has been destroyed, and that the Ministry of Science's intervention prevented the Acroyears from retrieving the station's biological weapon. As the pair discuss Shazraella's history as the Mistress of Spies, they are suddenly set upon by a four-armed assassin, who engages with Karza. The Baron quickly takes the upper hand, first launching one of his hands to throttle the assassin, then firing the fingers of his other, shredding its body. The assassin weakly asserts that Karza will pay for what he has done, but is silenced with a final blow from the Baron's eye beams. The Ministry leader is quick to question his wife how her spies knew nothing of the assassination attempt, but at that moment she receives a new report: the thieves who raided the research station have been captured by Baron Daegon, and among them is a Pharoid!
Meanwhile, in the Ministry of Science's cells, Oz reluctantly explains his history with the organization. The Pharoids were a pacifistic species, but were blessed with psychic abilities, and became prophets and advisers across Microspace. Before Oz was born, a small number of Pharoid seers claimed that they could not only see through time, but travel through it, and constructed Time Chambers to aid them in this. Entering these sarcophagi, the "Time Travelers" disappeared... but never returned as they had said they would. Around the same time, the entropy cloud first appeared—a connection noticed by many—and after its ability to consume planets was revealed, the Ministry of Science began rounding up Pharoids, including Oz, putting them to work tracking the Time Travelers... to no avail.
As Oz finishes the story, guards arrive to take him for an audience with Baron Daegon. Oz is quick to accuse the Baron of becoming a warlord, lost in fighting Karza rather than stopping the entropy cloud, but the Ministry's leader suggests that this can change now that the Pharoid is there to help them. Oz insists that he cannot solve things, and refuses to use his abilities to probe the storm again, prompting Daegon to ask what he learned the last time he did so—an event that left five other Pharoids with their skulls burst open!
(Characters in italics appear only in flashbacks.)
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)
|Micronauts||Ministry of Science||Ministry of Defense||Other|
"That Microtron unit is my first mate. More than that, he's a friend."
"Thank you, captain."
"You're not just going to shove him into some storage locker. He stays with us... in whatever filthy, stinking, Lobros-infested prison cell you're throwing us into."
"Uh... thank you, captain?"
- —Oz shows Microtron how much he cares.
"I do not need my sword to liberate myself... but I predict that most of you would die during my escape. Such a loss is not acceptable..."
"Thanks, buddy. We care about you, too."
"...at this time."
- —Acroyear shows Oz how much he cares.
"No... you'll die... die... you murderous traitor!"
"One day, as shall we all... but today is not my time... and you are not my executioner!
- —Antron is introduced to the rocket-powered fingers of Baron Karza.
- Karza's ability to fire his fists as missiles was an action feature of his original toy.
- The Time Chambers were an accessory packaged with the original Pharoid toy.
- Regular cover: Acroyear goes to attack a nose, by J.H. Williams III.
- Subscription cover A: Oz takes aim at Baron Daegon, by David Baldeón and David Garcia Cruz.
- Subscription cover B: Photograph of the Acroyear toy, by Jack Rivera.
- Subscription cover C: Phenolo-Phi action figure, by Adam Riches.
- Retailer incentive cover A: Biotron reflected in Acroyear's visor, by J.K. Woodward.
- Retailer incentive cover B: The Micronauts, by Nick Pitarra.
- IDW convention exclusive cover: Pharoid and his Time Chamber, by Ken Kelly.