Issue by Issue – Rom #55

Rom #55Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Sal Buscema
Inker – Mel Candido
Colours – Ben Sean
Letters – Janice Chiang

Rom and Starshine, along with the army, have made it to Mercy Hospital in Atlanta where the Dire Wraiths have been perpetrating their evil through sorcerous means. Such as it is, Rom and his companions are too late for the damage is done and there is no turning the creatures that were human back to their original form. As luck would have it, Rick Jones who is a patient in the hospital avoided a similar fate, but when our heroes are about their business, Rick gets himself infected and it is up to Rom to cure him if possible. Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema continue to put our heroes and their allies through their paces as the Wraiths continue their path to conquest. Every time that Rom thinks that he has seen everything that the Wraiths could do, they go and surprise him by sinking to even lower depths of depravity and evil. It breaks Rom’s heart to see so many innocent people hurt but even more so, it pains him to see just how far removed Starshine has gotten from her own humanity. With every passing day and every passing hour, there is less and less of Brandy Clark with only Starshine remaining. Her family might have been killed and her grief might be great, but Rom has lost just as much as she over the years and through it all, though he has come close to losing it, he has retained his humanity. The addition of Rick Jones the story was a bit of good casting, though at this point in time, Rick Jones was a sidekick to any hero that would have him. Whether it be Captain America, the Hulk, Captain Marvel or anyone else, Rick always makes for a good supporting character and while he might be only in this title for a few issues, he bolsters it just by his very presence. For now, the war carries on and the creators make it compelling enough that you cannot help but return.

4 out of 5

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