Issue by Issue – Rom #61

Rom #61Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Steve Ditko
Inker – Jackson Guice
Colours – Petra Scotese
Letters – Janice Chiang

The Dire Wraiths have a plan in mind for Earth that it takes every Wraith upon the planet to help enact it. It is called the Worldmerge and together, they cast their spell of darkness, first blotting out the sun and then creating a tunnel through the shining orb, across space so that they might bring their black sun to Earth and create a planet with conditions not unlike their own. Of course, Rom cannot allow that to happen and so he takes the fight to them and for the moment, it has never been easier to banish the Wraiths to Limbo as they are all now congregated in one area, making the task easier than ever. Bill Mantlo and Steve Ditko unite to possibly bring about the end of the Earth and it could very well happen as once the Worldmerge begins, there is nothing that is able to stop it. Rom has his hands full and it looks as if he is going to have to go it alone until a mysterious guest-star shows up on the final page of the book. How this person can help above all others is going to be interesting to see, but you can be sure that Mantlo has something up his sleeve. Brandy remains in her coma after being purged of the Starshine armour. Whether the hate and the rage that she felt has disappeared with that armour remains to be seen, but hopefully she goes back to the woman we all know and love and that somehow, she and Rom can find a way to be together again after all that they have gone through. The war with the Wraiths has been going on for quite some time now and with their final push to subjugate the human race, and in the process defeat their hated enemy, perhaps this storyline will wrap up soon, but then, you have to ask yourself, what is next for the Silver Spaceknight?

4 out of 5

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