The conclusion to the titanic team-up between Rom and Namor features more pulse-pounding action than the previous two issues combined as they face the menace of the monstrosity from Neptune’s cave. Of course, that cannot be all there is so there are also more Wraiths and a Wraith sorceress just to put it that much more over the top. During the battle, it almost seems like too much to handle but when the Sub-Mariner and the Spaceknight put their minds to it, they can accomplish anything. The horror-tinged finale to Rom’s latest adventure comes to a close as our hero faces one of his biggest challenges yet and thankfully he does not have to do it alone. Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema deliver another great issue in one of their strongest story-arcs to date with Namor being a perfect fit to team with our hero. Both are of a similar nature and noble in attitude and as can be seen, they work well together, respect each other and recognize that within each of them lies a man willing to do whatever it takes for the good of all, unlike the Wraiths. There was one little, tiny moment that was a bit of a surprise as you find out the monster is made of seaweed and not hair. The creature looks like Xemnu the Titan, except brown, so it throws you off a little, but such was simply the production values of the day and Sal Buscema’s pencils. There is a happy ending to the book and to the story involving Sybil, the little girl that started this whole tale off and it leaves you with a smile on your face, even though you know Rom’s trials are not yet over. This was definitely one of the best stories that Mantlo has delivered in the series overall and hopefully there are more to come.
4.5 out of 5