Issue by Issue – Rom #32

rom #32Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Joe Sinnott
Colours – Ben Sean
Letters – Rick Parker

What is left of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, led by Mystique, thinks that they can team up with Hybrid to take on Rom with no problems whatsoever.  What they soon learn though is that Hybrid has plans of his own, plans that involve him enslaving and killing much of the population and starting a new race on the planet with him as the father and mutant women, including Rogue and Mystique, as the mothers.  Of course that does not sound very appealing and so there is nothing left to do except team up with Rom instead and get rid of Hybrid.  Sal Buscema with his wonderful pencils and Bill Mantlo with his riveting words return for yet another issue of Rom that finds him not only facing multiple enemies, but also heading home to Clairton to help out and which sees the final fate of the prisoners that he freed accidentally last issue.  While every issue has its fair amount of action, the last bunch have been outweighed by the soap opera-drama taking place within the books pages.  It was with relief then, that this issue featured a whole lot of action and saw Rom kicking butt and taking names every which way he turned.  As far as villains go, Hybrid is okay but not very interesting when it comes right down to it.  Hopefully this is the last we will see of the creature and Mantlo brings in some different, and frankly better villains for Rom to face.  Having Rom return to Clairton so soon (gone for one issue?) was a bit of a mistake as it almost seems like a crutch for Mantlo to use, though perhaps it is simply Rom getting it out of his system so he can finally, truly move on.  This was a good issue, much like the rest of the series, from Mantlo and Buscema who never fail to deliver.

3.5 out of 5

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