Issue by Issue – Rom #31

Rom #31Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Joe Sinnott
Colours – Ben Sean
Letters – Rick Parker

Rom is flying by when he notices a prison truck about to collide with some prisoners and unable to stop because of the snow.  Of course there is nothing to do but fly in and save the day which he does, but because he is still new to our planet, when he asks the prisoners why they are chained they reply that they are slaves, to which Rom makes the mistake of freeing them.  Rom heads to the prison where the prisoners and coincidentally the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants are being held and soon a fight breaks out between them.  This issue was a lot of fun, but also a little bit zany too.  At this point in time of the Marvel Universe, Rogue was still a member of the Brotherhood and it was also during this time where she looked like a fifty-five year old woman.  Thankfully as the years passed, her look has evolved so that she looks like the twenty-something that she is.  Near the end of the tale, there is quite the funny little moment as Rom is talking to the warden after stopping the Brotherhood.  There is nothing he can do to detain Rom for letting the chain gang go, even though he notes that they were the worst offenders in the entire prison which also calls into question why they were not locked up instead of being allowed to work outside.  So as the warden cannot do anything and Rom did stop the villains, he calls it bygones but hopes Rom will help to fix the problem.  Bygones!  Now, there is no way Bill Mantlo or Marvel is going to let Rom sit in prison, but that was such a huge gaff that it was hilarious in its utter absurdness.  Other than that, a foe from many issues ago returns and it looks like what remains of those that escaped from the Brotherhood, and Rom, are going to have their hands full next issue.

3.5 out of 5

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