Issue by Issue – Rom #18

rom18Writer – Bill Mantlo, Sal Buscema, Chris Claremont, Jo Duffy
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Sal Buscema, Al Milgrom, Frank Giacoia
Colours – Ben Sean
Letters – Michael Higgins

It is all-out war between Rom and the Uncanny X-Men!  Rom is trying to convince the X-Men that the small child they think is a mutant is indeed a Dire Wraith, or at least a hybrid between the alien species and a human.  But they are having none of it as all they see is a small boy.  Things are going badly for Rom as Wolverine wants to kill him and is doing his best to go about it.  Soon though, Hybrid, the alien child cannot stay out of it as he wants Rom dead and wants it done immediately and so he shows his true colours, much to his own detriment.  Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema deliver a solid, action-packed issue with a battle between Marvel’s merry mutants and their one-time spacefaring hero.  It is interesting to see Rom interact with other denizens of the Marvel U, as up to this point he has not really run into any of the super-powered community except for Doctor Strange.  It did seem out of character for the X-Men to be so gung-ho, even at this point in their history, by going after Rom in such a manner.  Wolverine especially, was incredibly brash and out of control and it is hard to picture him in this context when he is not like this now, thirty years down the road.  Even when Rom tried to talk to them, they kept at it until the truth became apparent.  Aside from that one thing, the book was a lot of fun and was left on a cliff-hanger that makes you wonder, just what Rom is going to do.

4 out of 5

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