Issue by Issue – Rom #48

rom #48Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Ian Akin, Brian Garvey
Colours – Ben Sean
Letters – Janice Chiang

There is an internal struggle going on amongst the Dire Wraiths that has been brewing for centuries and which now finally comes to a head. Some look upon sorcery and the ancient ways as the direction for Wraith society to follow as it moves forward yet there are those that think technology will win them the day. Suffice it to say, there is no agreement to be had and a battle ensues with those who practice the dark magic of the Black Nebula winning out. While the Wraiths take care of their own, Rom and Brandy continue their argument over emotions and love. Starshine knows what she feels and it is nothing but love for Rom no matter what form he takes while Rom is still denying everything, even his own humanity. The last handful of issues by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema have been concentrating on Rom’s loss of self and it continues here with another very interesting issue that also focuses on the Dire Wraiths and the problems they have as well. It is quite intriguing to see that the Dire Wraiths have problems of their own as we are so rarely shown as such. It would be great to see how this affects things going forward for our heroes, if the Wraiths should grow in power and be even more formidable than they are now. While it has been a very revealing ride into the core of Rom’s character, it has been going on for quite a while now and while it has not been a bad thing, getting back to the mission at hand, meaning the eradication of the Dire Wraith menace, would be a good thing. Still, the book is fantastic and with Buscema and Mantlo at the helm you know you are in for a good story.

4 out of 5

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