Issue by Issue – Rom #25

Rom #25Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Joe Sinnott
Colours – Ben Sean
Letters – Jim Novak

After more than two hundred years away, Rom has finally returned home to Galador, fearing that it would be a wasteland and instead finding it much the same as when he left it.  There are some things that are different though, like why are the populace bowing towards him as if he were their leader?  Why are the doors on the Halls of Science made of gold and why is there seemingly also, another Rom?  All this and more is crammed into this issue by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema and they answer those very same questions, some of which even reference back to the Tales of the Spaceknights backup stories that were featured in previous issues of the book.  Part of the answer lies in the mysterious figure that saved Terminator from death and part of it involves Terminator himself who is possibly an unwilling participant.  Another startling scene makes itself known when Rom finds the rest of the Spaceknights frozen in another chamber, kept in ice so as to keep them out of the way.  Mantlo not only ups the dramatic quotient of the book, but the action as well as Rom is desperate to find the answers he needs.  Emotions run deep with this issue, as do the tension and suspense as Rom finally finds out what has happened to his planet.  As Rom battles to save his world from the Dire Wraiths, it is all beautifully laid out by Sal Buscema who continues to do a fantastic job each and every issue.  There is also a backup tale taking place before Rom left for Galador, and while it is all right, it is the main feature that everyone has been waiting for and it was quite good.  Next issue’s fallout should be interesting.

4.5 out of 5

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