Issue by Issue – Rom #34

Rom #34Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Ian Akin, Brian Garvey
Colours – Ben Sean
Letters – Janice Chiang

Sybil, the little girl that Rom saved last issue, does not want to stay in the house that was corrupted by the Dire Wraiths.  Rom agrees as no one should be forced to do such a thing and he burns it down so no one will ever have to.  Rom also restores her sight, which was caused due to Wraith sorcery and together, they take off, flying over the ocean.  But even in the depths of Earth’s mightiest bodies of water, the Wraiths are invading and transforming the life they find there into perversions of themselves.  Thus enters Namor, the Sub-Mariner, the man who makes the oceans his home.  Sal Buscema and Bill Mantlo craft a superb follow-up to last issue that finds the horror tinged story continue into the ocean’s depths.  Even mighty Atlantis is not immune to the Wraith presence that has made its way to Earth and even here they look to awaken horrors that best remain buried.  So it is that one of the best team-ups to happen in this series takes place as Rom and Namor get together to take on the Wraiths.  The two are successful for the most part, but a Wraith sorceress escapes their notice and sacrifices herself to the black pearl of which they were using for their magic’s.  As such, she awakens a monster that even Namor is fearful of and it will more than likely take the two of them to defeat it.  Mantlo fills the book with excitement and horror and the title has always been at its best when it mixes those elements with its science-fiction premise.  Right now, the book could not be any better at the moment and is a pure joy to read.

4.5 out of 5

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