Issue by Issue – Rom #41

rom41Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Ian Akin, Brian Garvey
Colours – Ben Sean
Letters – Jim Novak

Rom is in the fight of his life as he faces the Dweller on the Threshold, a creature only brought forward due to Wraith magic being at its greatest because of Earth and the Black Nebula being in alignment.  Elsewhere on Earth is Doctor Strange, the Master of the Mystic Arts who can sense that something is very wrong, that there is a great evil afoot.  Investigating, Strange finds out what his onetime ally is doing and proceeds to lend a hand.  But before he can do so, Doctor Strange is going to have to go through The Living Tribunal and the In-Betweener first.  So it is that Rom must battle alone and either win or pay the ultimate price.  There is action and horror aplenty courtesy of Sal Buscema and Bill Mantlo and there is never a dull moment in the book as it makes its way from scene to scene.  The inclusion of Doctor Strange is a welcome one, even though he did little to help out our hero.  Even so, it was interesting to see that what Rom is doing is having an effect on the balance between good and evil so much so that the Living Tribunal had to get involved.  This issue also shows the continuation of Brandy’s storyline which features her in action as a Spaceknight proper, but on the side of evil.  That could be due to the fact that in her lovelorn state she accepted help from a Dire Wraith sorcerer disguising itself as a human which of course used a little influence during the transformation to sway her from the side of good.  It is a smart move on the Wraith’s part to try and attack Rom through those closest to him, especially when he is absent from them.  As for what is next, it could be anything, but a meeting with Brandy/Starshine is only inevitable.

4 out of 5

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