Micro #1

Scripted into English by Jamie S. Rich, "Micro" #1 is a black-and-white story from creator George Kambadais. Aside from a couple odd typos, like "discevered" instead of "discovered," this comic is a fun twist on a love story that has glimpses of Ben Grimm and Alicia Masters without the decades of build-up. That may prove awkward to the reader, but it doesn't stop Kambadais from building a whole new world to explore.

As part of the comiXology Submit program, "Micro" #1 is constructed with indie pacing and (naturally) black and white artwork. The story itself is told through the perspective of a black-slate metallic man who meets the heroic Micro. Kambadais shares everything the metal behemoth learns with the reader in memoir fashion, with much of the narration happening through caption boxes synchronized to the art. That story is broken into five chapters, each dealing with a stage in the relationship between Micro and our point-of-view character, which Micro has dubbed "Tin-Man."

The pair finds trust and the story builds around that. Kambadais is clearly more concerned with developing the relationship that presenting a world-class threat for the duo to fight. That's not to say there isn't any action in "Micro" #1. The story opens with a rooftop chase in a snowstorm as helicopters pursue "Tin-Man." Additionally, two of the other four chapters are filled with action as Kambadais introduces villains for Micro and Tin-Man to battle. One of the fights ends in a very odd manner, which is to say it doesn't clearly end, while the other one expands the "Micro" universe beyond the pair of characters fighting crime and their sparring partners.

The artwork is lively and bouncy, fit for all ages, despite the deliberate mature angle Kambadais puts into the relationship between Micro and Tin-Man. The characters are animated and exaggerated, cartoony, but not cartoonish, similar in style and feel to Colleen Coover or Dean Trippe. It's a nice look for this story, and it leaves the artwork open and airy, relying more on storytelling than fixation to detail to attract readers. Micro wears all black and Tin-Man has an obvious reflective surface, which accommodates the lack of coloring quite nicely and also gives the characters appearances that are instantly recognizable.

"Micro" #1 is a fun diversion from the everyday grind of superhero comics. The blank slate presentation of one of the main characters is a solid choice that works for story development, giving readers a point-of-view character that truly serves as a stand-in for the reader. The story beyond the introduction of two characters as the characters learn about one another and themselves makes "Micro" #1 a smidge deeper than just a straightforward heroic debut. This is a quaint humanity tale that happens to have super powers involved. Where Kambadais sends Micro and Tin-Man from here is a story that seems like it will be fun to follow.

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