Issue by Issue – Rom #22

Rom #22Writer – Bill Mantlo, Sal Buscema
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Joe Sinnott
Colours – Ben Sean
Letters – Jim Novak

Rom and The Torpedo are in for a fight when the Wraith Rocketeers come to town.  The Wraiths are looking to kill The Torpedo and take his technology back with them, but they never counted on Rom fighting by his side.  Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema give the readers everything they have come to expect from the title with an action-packed issue filled with drama and science-fiction goodness.  The Torpedo is a decent guy with a name that is all right but his costume design is quite silly no matter how you look at it.  There was one tiny little problem and that was simply the fact that the Wraiths that flew to Clairton did not know that Rom was in town.  After all that has gone down,  you would think that the Wraiths at least communicate with each other.  Thus enters the second little bit of ridiculousness which are the villains of the picture, who call themselves the Rocketeers.  Silly enemies for a silly looking hero.  Hopefully things will improve.  The book ends with another chapter detailing the lives of the Spaceknights before Rom had left them, with Terminator on a rampage and being unable to do anything about it.  It is getting to the point in the book where the backup tales are becoming better than the main feature, which is a little frustrating as they are both by the same creative team.  It is not that the main story is bad, simply that the second one is more exciting at the moment.  Overall, the book is still highly enjoyable and more than likely will pick up soon enough.

4 out of 5

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