After last issue’s battles, Rom lies motionless as if dead as he absorbed too much energy and shorted himself out. Steve is doing all he can to get him back on his feet, but the only recourse is to get him back to the lab where Brandy works in the hopes that some of the equipment there can get Rom back to fighting form. It is a race against time though as the Dire Wratihs and their hounds are hot on the trail. The High One of the Dire Wraiths has also had enough fooling around is going to summon the Thornoids which is bad for everybody, including the Wraiths. As the Thornoids reach Earth and attack Steve and company, Rom recovers just in time and takes care of the pack of them, but not before Artie, Steve’s friend is killed. Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema deliver another thrilling issue chock full of suspense and action. Steve is finally turning out to be a worthy supporting character and it is great to see him join team Rom. The Dire Wraiths keep upping the ante on our armoured hero and if they keep on the same course, it will be curious to see if Rom will be able to keep up, much less be the same coming out of it. The High One is quite mysterious, especially as we have yet to see his face but a little mystery is a good thing. Next issue promises Deathwing and it does not sound like Rom will be in for a good time.
4 out of 5