Issue by Issue – Rom #50

rom 50Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Ian Akin, Brian Garvey
Colours – Ben Sean
Letters – Janice Chiang

Rom and Starshine have been banished to a shadowy nether realm while the Dire Wraiths have infiltrated and taken over Clairton, including their friends and family. Things are not looking very good and lately, while it has been Rom who has been depressed and Brandy the hopeful one, the tables have turned and not it is the opposite. It is all Rom can do as they battle some strange shadow demons to cheer Brandy up, but she sinks deeper and deeper until finally she snaps out of it, not with hope or joy, but with anger and rage. As Starshine, Brandy transforms her armour with her considerable power and gets them out of there back to Clairton where she begins to kill Wraiths with a passion so strong that it scares Rom just a little and makes him worry about her humanity. With the shoe on the other foot, Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema give Rom something to think about in this extra-long tale that sees our heroes fighting for all that they love. One thing that is made readily apparent is that Brandy’s family is gone as is most of the supporting cast that has been introduced over the past fifty issues. Mantlo has upped the stakes considerably and dealt our heroes a devastating blow. Not only does this story represent a change in cast, but also in the lives of our heroes as this tragedy will affect them for some time to come, especially Brandy. This new status quo should be a lot of fun, not only to see what happens between our heroes but to see just where the book will go. Clairton and the people there were great for a while, but it soon started to feel like a crutch and now that it has been removed, there is nothing holding our heroes back from heading out and taking on the Wraith menace wherever they might find it.

4 out of 5

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