Issue by Issue – Rom #19

Rom #19Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Sal Buscema
Colours – Don Warfield
Letters – Michael Higgins

Rom is stuck in Limbo and it is not a good thing as it is currently the holding cell for all the Dire Wraiths that he has exiled over the centuries.  The realm also holds two others as prisoner as well; one being the Space Phantom who fought Thor and the Avengers once upon a time and Karas, one of Rom’s fellow Spaceknights who was thought to have been vanquished long ago.  Back on Earth, Brandy and Steve are looking for Rom and all they find is his neutralizer and therefore become concerned.  Rom, who can do nothing for his two friends, is looking for a way out and finally when all seems lost, his friend Karas provides the means.  This issue provided a great alternative to the usual story we are usually treated with on the title, as we get to see Rom on the receiving end of his neutralizer and find out what it is like to be when exiled to Limbo.  Bill Mantlo also manages to tug at the emotional strings as well with the tale of Karas and how he sacrificed all in his battle against the Wraiths.  The Space Phantom was an interesting choice of a villain to face in the book, but one that worked really well and helped to propel the story forward by being the catalyst to draw Karas out of his funk.  The book also featured a secondary tale with one featuring Rom and the his fellow Spaceknights as they hunt the Wraiths to the world of Thuvria, get captured and escape with the help of Terminator who ends up resorting to murder.  This was another great issue from Mantlo and Sal Buscema chronicling the ongoing saga of a man on a seemingly endless quest.

4.5 out of 5

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