Rom's Russian adventure continues!
As the Gremlin explains, the Dire Wraiths have taken over the Soviet government (is that supposed to explain the Cold War... or Glasnost?), and he's re-integrated Rom into his armor to help him lay siege to a secret Wraith base. It's all about being a patriot and not a slave to the State. Especially when the State has been taken over by alien wizards. There's a lesson about Bush's Patriot Act in there somewhere if someone smart enough could figure it out.
But before the Spaceknights get down to destroying the Wraith base, they've got some business to attend to: The burial of Rom's flesh clone. Do you know what it does to someone to have to bury himself for the second time?*
Nothing good! (*Rom buried half his human bits with Terminator's body after he got killed by Galactus, and now this.)
So anyway, the Gremlin's mission.
Panel posted for no other reason than to showcase Akin & Garvey's gorgeous inking. Sal Buscema has never looked better.
IS the Gremlin right about Wraiths having infiltrated the Kremlin though?
We may never know. All Communists have shadows like that. It's their vampire blood.
The Wraithssians have a counterplan, of course. They're sending the misguided Soviet Super-Soldiers to intercept our heroes.
Right away, we get a fight not unlike Juggernaut-the Blob in its raw primal power: Which is stronger? Starshine's light or Darkstar's darkness? They completely lose control of their powers as the respective forces usually at their command go berserk. I guess they never COULD stand each other.
When light is about to win (as it usually does in nature), Vanguard interferes, drawing Rom's ire. YOU DON'T HURT BRANDY!
The fight is largely a stalemate until Major Ursus reconnoiters the base and returns wounded with the truth. The facility is a factory for Hellhouds. Albino Hellhounds.
Siberian Husky Albino Hellhounds! You gotta come back next week for the next chapter - it'll make you go AROOOOOO.
Bonus Cool Akin & Garvey Inking
Great wax job.