Byte-Sized #3 (of 4)

Ben and Katy’s discovery of the robots that have invaded their home at Christmas results in a worrying discovery: one of the high tech critters is not a fan of humans. And he’s not alone…

Cullen Bunn and Nelson Blake II’s series slows down a little with some much-needed exposition for the miniature metal menaces – in preparation for the concluding issue, which promises to be an action-packed finale. Though I’ve previously mentioned the clear influence of 80s kids-and-critters movies such as Gremlins and *batteries not included on the series, I was mostly reminded of Joe Dante’s excellent, criminally underrated Small Soldiers with the developments in this issue. It’s still a series that can be enjoyed by readers of any ages; though the danger – and some of the backstory for the robots – is a little threatening, it’s never too intense for those readers of a more sensitive disposition.

As one of the first AWA/Upsot All Ages titles, it bodes well for seeing more from the publisher, beyond the excellent line of mature titles that they’ve mostly been known for since their relatively recent inception.

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