Issue by Issue – Rom #29

Rom #29Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Chic Stone, Al Milgrom, Mike Esposito, Frank Giacoia, Rick Magyar
Colours – Ben Sean
Letters – Rick Parker

Once again, Rom is full of self-pity and grief as another person who had felt love for him has perished, this time it his fellow Spaceknight, Starshine.  As Rom wallows and thinks back on those whose lives had been lost, he notices something strange going on in the town next to Clairton.  There is a strange glow which ends up signifying that radiation that has started poisoning the town.  As Rom talks to a man he meets, he learns the Hulk and a large man named Lincoln had battled and disappeared into the Earth, with the Hulk possibly being the cause of all the trouble.  Whatever the case, Rom means to get to the bottom of it.  Even though Bill Mantlo writes this issue extremely well and Sal Buscema illustrates it as wonderfully as ever, it feels a bit repetitive.  The reason being, we have seen this all before, at least a couple of times as well.  Rom feels sorry for himself, danger arises and then Rom goes to take care of it.  Rom has been a great title thus far, and this issue is no exception, it just needs to head in a different direction, or more to the point, Rom needs to head off on some new adventures.  Being stuck in Clairton is only bringing our hero grief and for the reader, while the soap opera happenings are engaging, they are simply getting a little stale and Dire Wraiths reside on other parts of the Earth, parts that are not named Clairton.  More than likely Rom will move on, but it would be nice if it was sooner rather than later.

3.5 out of 5

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