Issue by Issue – Rom #45

rom 45Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Ian Akin, Brian Garvey
Colours – Ben Sean
Letters – Janice Chiang

This particular issue of Rom starts out on a fairly surreal moment as our hero attends his own funeral. It is a scene that is quite powerful and it invokes a bit of sadness and reflection in Rom, but more than that, he feels anger at having lost his chance at humanity, possibly for the final time. So after the body that Quasimodo made for him has been put to rest, Rom, Starshine and the Gremlin soon have a run-in with the Soviet Super Soldiers. The book is packed full of action as our heroes face off against Russia’s premier super-team and it is all courtesy of Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema. The one thing that Marvel Comics can never have enough of are the Soviet Super Soldiers as Darkstar, Ursa Major and Vanguard are three of the most interesting characters they have ever produced. So, as our heroes find themselves in the Soviet Union it only makes sense that the Soviet Super Soldiers would put in an appearance. Of course this book uses the old premise of a misunderstanding so that the two groups end up battling each other until finally realizing the truth and then opens up the possibility of a team-up later or at the very least, an end to the hostilities. The book also sees Brandy and Rom discuss their feelings for each other and how she regrets nothing; even should she never be able to regain her own humanity.  If she cannot be with Rom as a human then she will be with him as a Spaceknight, whatever it takes. It brings comfort and joy to Rom as lately, the man has been having a little bout of depression and now to have the woman he loves by his side, it will hopefully bring his confidence back as well. A wonderful issue by all involved.

4.5 out of 5

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