X-Men and the Micronauts-4 Issue Miniseries (1984, Writers: Chris Claremont and Bill Mantlo; Art: Butch Guice)
So, comicbook characters are sometimes treated like real people, with their appearances in other books being highly promoted and a cause for excitement. Of course, these are not real people, and they can make an appearance any time editorial decides it is the right thing to do. For a while, Spider-Man was the go to guy for titles, appearing in Godzilla and The Champions, as well as having his own Marvel Team-Up book. Then, the X-Men arrived. An appearance by an X-Man was reason to celebrate, The Avengers were your father’s team, the X-Men were cool and hip. They fought famine in Africa, crossed over with the Teen Titans, and finally, Claremont and Mantlo teamed up for an X-Men and Micronauts crossover!
For historical perspective, this was when Kitty Pryde was Ariel with her awesome green and brown costume.
The Micronauts were a Marvel property that long out-lasted the toy line they spun off from, and as recently pointed out characters from the Micronauts corner of the universe have remained in the Marvel U, from Bug in the Guardians of the Galaxy (the second most recent iteration) to Baron Karza showing up in the Avengers (although not named).
So, the reasons for the two teams pairing up is typical heavy handed comic book stuff.
But, man oh man, does the writing have some big plot holes and contrivances: Kitty is mind swapped with Karza (not the last time that Kitty has been mind controlled, though in a nice nod to why this happened, it is shown that Kitty needs to practice her psychic shields), but while Karza talks through Kitty’s body and no one is suspicious, Kitty still speaks as Karza it seems. Mind-swapping is a big part of the plot of this series, and at no point as a reader do we not say “but why doesn’t character X just say something?!”
So, aside from era appropriate hammy writing, what reason is there to pick this up? It is a great primer to the Micronauts, whose character designs are top-notch. And, there is some surprisingly mature sexual content, both in regards to Marionette and the very young Kitty Pryde, all of which is off-putting and creepy.
It’s an odd series, but for fans of either the X-Men or Micronauts is worth picking up, if only to get some exciting, long forgotten backstory on both teams, as well as appearances by the New Mutants.