Spaceknight Saturdays: WraithWorld II

YES! Finally an issue with some Dire Wraiths! Though they've been defeated on Earth, there of course should be stragglers out there in the wider universe. Having lost their chance to turn Earth into WraithWorld II: The Wrath of Khan, they could still find another home, and in this issue, they have.

And just like they're old one, it's a pretty gross place. Thankfully, when P. Craig Russell inks Ditko, he at least makes the grossness gorgeous to look at. Rom is drawn there by signs of Spaceknight life!
But where ARE his comrades? He doesn't much time to look around because tentacle-like plants (plant-like tentacles?) swiftly grab him...
...and throw him down a hole leading deep into the planet's bowels where he's attacked by digestive juices and stuff man was not meant to know, leaving him as scarred as a teenager without a bottle of Oxy. And now, sound effect of the week:
Rom's trials aren't over, because the planet is creating humanoid antibodies that sport a look only Ditko and Kirby could sell.
Rom's neutralizer goes snicker-snack, but he stays on the move because the world's biological defenses seem to have no limit. And then he comes across... WRAITHS!
They're being slowly digested by the planet, and cut off from their magic powers, they can't do much about it. Except beg Rom for limbothanasia. He zaps them all to Limbo, depriving the planet of its lunch. The weakened defenses allow Rom to fly right to the brain, the brain of EGO THE LIVING PLANET!
FEAR HIS EGOTISTICAL MUSTACHE!!! I mean, when your brain has its own face, yeah, you tend to become a bit of an egotist. Ego's lost his Wraith snack, but he still holds a couple Spaceknights. Which ones?
Seeker and Scanner of the Spaceknight Squadron!


Who? Introduced in a back-up story in Rom Annual #2, the Squadron never caught on, in large part because of these two. Seeker with his butterfly form, and Seeker who's power is being over-sensitive. Yeah. They're kinda "gay", as the kids say.

Ego tells his story (of course, he would), of how he got his tectonic plate handed to him by both the FF and Galactus and he is still healing. Of how he let the Wraiths colonize him, which in turn led the Spaceknights there.
And of how he then ate them. That's a REAL real estate crisis.

So anyway, Rom starts zapping at Ego's brain stem and he lets the Spaceknights go, and they all escape his gravitational field together.
Did I call them gay? If the armor fits...


Anonymous said...

Indeed, the Living Planet takes the term "egocentrism" to a new level.

In the cool Nova series, he has won the Galactus' Award to Biggest Cosmic Helmet!

Changing the subject, in the recent Secret Invasion crossover, it has been mentioned a superteam called The Spaceknights. They are a part of the 50 states Initiative, they work in Illinois, and to really hate space shapechangers.

From Galador to Illinois. That's a rude change, uh?


Siskoid said...

Well, Chicago has its charms, and Galador is hard to find on a map.

Nice, fun bit of information, thanks!


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