Issue by Issue – Rom #42

rom 42Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Ian Akin, Brian Garvey
Colours – Ben Sean
Letters – Jim Novak

After the battle with the Dweller on the Threshold, Rom and Dr. Strange take a few moments to discuss what just happened and to assess just how bad the Wraith threat is at the moment. Dr. Strange is astounded and to help, he sends Rom down to the area of the biggest infestation. Once there, Rom meets up with Quasimodo, the robotic villain the Hulk has faced on many an occasion, though at this particular moment he is stuck within some computers and while able to control his little world around him, he longs to be mobile. It is a good thing then that Rom has come along. One thing really stands out about this issue and that is the way Rom completely goes back upon the oath he swore to protect the universe from the Wraiths. When given a chance, which Quasimodo presents, Rom decides that he will take the creature up on his offer of a cloned body so that he might be human once more. It is something that Rom has longed for and when his body was completely destroyed he thought it was something that he would never have a chance at attaining ever again. But the cost of becoming human once again has a cost and that is his armour which he must relinquish to Quasimodo. In his haste to gain that which he lost, it seems as if Rom has not thought about what and who is going to take on his mission if he abandons it. In another part of the book, the residents of Clairton are still reeling from Starshine’s attack and they can hardly believe that Brandy would do such a thing, but as she is under the control of a Wraith sorcerer, it is understandable if not a little disturbing as well. There is not as much action present in this issue as there has been in the most recent bunch of books, but it is still just as much fun and just as exciting as always.

4 out of 5

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