Issue by Issue – Rom #71

Rom71Writer – Bill Mantlo
Artist – Steve Ditko
Inker – P. Craig Russell
Colours – Petra Scotese
Letters – Janice Chiang

Forgiveness and redemption are the order of the day as Unam the Unseen seeks to make right what he had made wrong. His fellow Spaceknights which include Rom, Seeker and Scanner are willing to forgive him despite his crimes and as such, he feels more than a little unworthy. Coming upon a planet where the life signs of two more Spaceknights are found, it is here that Unam finds a way to redeem himself in the eyes of his friends and it proves him the hero that Rom always knew he was. With yet another moving story of courage and friendship, Bill Mantlo and Steve Ditko prove that despite the Wraith War being over, there are still some good stories to tell featuring the greatest of the Spaceknights. Sadly, it seems that of late, all Rom is discovering is corruption in the ranks of the Spaceknights and he wonders just where it all went wrong and how they could have fallen from grace. Though Unam begs forgiveness and shows humility for the actions he perpetrated, it is not so with Raak the Breaker, a Spaceknight as mighty as Rom, perhaps even more so if put to the test. Like Unam, Raak has subjugated the world he has found himself upon, yet unlike Unam, he is not willing to give it up and he will kill to keep it. So it is that Raak is ready to end Rom once and for all and it is then that Unam does what he was meant to do – protect life at any cost even though the cost be his own. It moves Rom and the Spaceknights who fight with him and it moves the reader with the eloquence of Mantlo’s words and turns the opinions of Spaceknight and reader alike in Unam’s favour. Rom is angry at first and if there were a time that he would strike out, it would be now, but instead he simply banishes Raak to Limbo, to live out eternity with those he sought to rule. This was a strong and powerful issue, much like everything that has come before and likely all that is to follow.

4 out of 5

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