Issue by Issue – Rom #21

Rom#21Writer – Bill Mantlo, Sal Buscema
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Joe Sinnott
Colours – Ben Sean
Letters – Jim Novak

Rom is still thinking about his home planet of Galador when a man named Brock Jones and his family move into Clairton.  Brock needs a change of scenery, especially after killing a few men as his alter-ego, the Torpedo.  Going for a stroll after moving in, he sees something shiny flying overhead and believing it to be the enemies he left behind, he flies off and attacks said figure not knowing that it is Rom or knowing he is good.  A battle ensues but with Rom’s current frame of mind, he simply stands there to take it as he is tired of fighting.  Soon things come to light between the two and all is made clear.  This was not the most exciting issue of Rom to appear thus far, mainly because of the Torpedo’s appearance.  He was written well, as Bill Mantlo always does a good job on the book, he is simply a weak character design-wise, which is no fault of Sal Buscema’s either.  The Torpedo also has a set of lame villains called The Rocketeers, which sounds like a roller derby team.  If a hero had to guest star, there were many better ones to choose from.  The book also features a secondary tale featuring the Saga of the Spaceknights which sees Terminator, who was saved from death last issue, come back to destroy the bodies of his fellow Spaceknights.  Though much shorter, the backup story was a little more fun and it has been nice having these tales in the book so that we might see more of Rom’s history.  Good stuff, but not as great as it has been.

3.5 out of 5

3 replies »

  1. I remember really liking this when I read it “off the rack” exactly because of The Torpedo. I always liked these wonky characters that Marvel would try to give a shot at Fame. Torpedo never caught on.


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