Issue by Issue – Rom #8

ImageWriter – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Sal Buscema
Colours – Ben Sean
Letters – Diana Albers

Steve is confused and angry and blames Rom for all that has befallen them since his arrival on our planet, especially as it has led to Artie’s death.  But Steve is angry for no reason as Rom’s Energy Analyzer has determined that Arties is still alive, if faintly.  Meanwhile, some dinosaur-like creature is killing the Wraiths as well unbeknownst to our protagonists.  Rom decides to leave Brandy and Steve for a while and notices a funeral going on that is comprised of Wraiths and decides to find out where his Neutralizer is that was stolen in the previous issue, no matter how.  The Wraiths fear him less now because of the loss of the weapon and so they summon Deathwing, the creature that none can really control, the creature that does not care whether you are friend or foe.  Rom finally succeeds in getting the info he needs and Deathwing’s appetite is sated, for the moment at least.  The eighth issue of the series keeps the action fast and furious with Rom learning more and more about humanity though still confused as to their emotions sometimes.  Mantlo and Buscema keep our hero on the ropes as he faces the Wraiths in the graveyard and has Rom exhibit some rage, which we have not really seen before this point.  Anger, yes, but not really anything beyond that until now.  This was quite the emotionally charged issue for our heroes with some great characterization from Mantlo and some excellent artwork from Sal Buscema and Ben Sean.

4 out of 5

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