Issue by Issue – Rom #3

ImageWriter – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Sal Buscema
Colours – Ben Sean
Letters – Tom Orzechowski

The Dire Wraiths are not happy, to say the least, about Rom being on Earth and sending them to limbo whenever the occasion rises.  So the group known as Safeguard, a collection of wraiths in various positions of power have recruited a human to face down the Spaceknight with a suit of armour all his own.  Mantlo meanwhile has Rom reflecting upon his life and how he got into this situation as Brandy does the same.  On patrol, Rom soon discovers a hive of wraiths constructing an interdimensional transporter which is not something he can allow to come to fruition.  As he clears the den of evil, he is attacked by what seems like his friend and fellow knight, Karas, until the sad realization dawns upon him that it is not.  Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema deliver another great issue full of action, though one with less advancement of character.  Sageguard is a funny name for the wraiths to label their congregation, but it makes sense when they must deal with humans to give them feeling of complacency and security.  It seems like Mantlo is trying to straddle the line between a thoughtful science-fiction piece and that of an action epic and so far he has been doing a pretty good job.  This issue was not the most exciting book of the three so far, but ended on a great cliff-hanger leading into the next issue.

4 out of 5

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