Issue by Issue – Rom #62

Rom #62Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Steve Ditko
Inker – Ian Akin, Brian Garvey
Colours – Glynis Wein
Letters – Janice Chiang

If the Earth is to survive, Forge of the X-Men is needed for his technological expertise. The problem is that Forge does not trust the government, especially after the actions of a certain Henry Peter Gyrich. So instead of creating and arming the task force who will be taking on the Dire Wraiths in battle, Forge does nothing as there is the possibility that after the Wraith menace is defeated, they will then turn those weapons on the super-powered community. Rom tries to convince the man otherwise, of the inherent good in the human race, but being a mutant and experiencing the worst that humanity has to offer has turned him a little sour and Rom will have his work cut out in the doing of it. Another problem that troubles Rom is that of Brandy Clark, now awake from her coma and realizing that she is no longer Starshine, no longer a Spaceknight and back to being just a human once again. Though Brandy was full of rage and anger at the Dire Wraiths for the slaughter of her family and friends, now a lot of that anger is directed towards herself and her situation as she can no longer participate in the war against her hated enemies. As a human, she has no power, not like the kind that Starshine wielded and it starts to drive her insane that she is helpless. Rom tries to aid her and it is sad to watch as she will have nothing to do with him. All Rom can do is stand idly by and it is a battle that he cannot win, or do anything about for the only person able to do so is Brandy herself. Bill Mantlo and Steve Ditko continue to pull on the strings of Rom’s heart while continually upping the threat of the Dire Wraiths. The inclusion of Forge as a guest star is a strange one, but they make it work and for now, though it seems like Forge will in no way help out with the weapons that are requested, you have to know he will change his mind or the Earth is doomed once the Worldmerge takes place.

3.5 out of 5

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