Ripped from the pages of The Micronauts, Bill Mantlo expands on the story of Captain Universe. This is exactly what a book like Marvel Spotlight should be used for: Developing a property in a story that has no other place to be told.
We learn that there is a Uni-Power that essentially bonds with someone who is experiencing injustice so that the person can be empowered to overcome.
So it’s really like a Deus Ex Machina that saves people in dire straits.
These issues are three done-in-one tales of the Uni-Power’s inventions. None are great tales, but none are awful, either, and Ditko’s art works well.
With issue #11, Marvel Spotlight is cancelled.
The really frustrating thing about #11 is that the Uni-Power occupies a black man–a black hero is still a rare thing in 1981, and a black lead character is even more rare.
But look at the cover:
That’s right: You can’t see his face and have no way to know he’s black.
Creators: Bill Mantlo and Steve Ditko
For the complete history of the MU, year by year, go here.