Introducing Spaceknight Saturdays

Weekly series got you down? That's because Spider-Man and Jimmy Olsen have got nothing on Rom. Every Saturday, visit the SBG for another installment of Spaceknight Saturdays, your weekly source of Rom ass-kickery. You've already vicariously read Rom Spaceknight #1, now read the rest!

Rom #2 starts where the previous issue left off, as our boy in silver tracks down a Dire Wraith to Laserium Corp. In a surprise twist, the Wraith isn't the criminal trying to rob the place, but the company president! Still, the criminals are in the way. Shall Rom slam them down? Hell no.
But SVAM them? Yes, that's the Spaceknight way. Rom also has to contend with random laser cannons spread out over the facility as well as some nasty, nasty exposition from the Wraith revealing their plan to manipulate humanity into building anti-Rom weapons for them. You know how this ends, right?
In a Mantlo-esque twist, the criminal, Stryker, has a streak of decency in him and vows to destroy the killer robot that has just taken the life of (to his eyes) a human being. Hey, bud, you've got it all wrong. Rom's no murderer. He is, however, something of a stalker.
But being stalked by Rom is like being romanced by Colin Firth, and Brandy's crush turns into obsession over the course of the next few pages. This makes her boyfriend Steve a bit paranoid so he calls the cops. And while he's doing that, we follow a raven over the skies of Washington D.C...
Apparently, all military buildings in the D.C. area have strange polygonal shapes. There, the raven turns into Clara Knowles, Clairton's switchboard operator, who meets a number of high-ranking Wraiths, including a senator and a member of SHIELD (SHIELD, infiltrated by shape-changing aliens? You don't see THAT every day!). She informs them of Rom's arrival, something the SHIELD Wraith already knew, but he probably hates repeating himself, so he was waiting for everyone to be there.

But getting back to Rom, Brandy and Steve: If Steve doesn't like the Spaceknight much, Rom can't say he cares for Steev-o either. So in a game of "mine's bigger and redder than yours", our boy makes Steve show his true colors.
That's right, he screams like a little girl when submitted to an alien probe. No wonder Brandy wants to take a bullet for Rom after that.

And then the cops arrive and start a shooting match that results in the death of Brandy's dog.
That is HARSH, son!

Plus it turns out the police chief is a Wraith, so his small town cops have access to alien tech, like a super-duper police siren:
But as Rom says, that weapon was designed to fight him 200 years ago. He's hardened since then. He's soared the spaceways for two hundred years, heard the call of passing comets, flown through the music of the spheres! Sound in space? The cosmos operating under rules set up by Dante? He is ROM! Your questions have no meaning here!
How do you like Rom's tennis serve? Sure, it looks like he's killed the police chief, but the town folk are going to understand, right?

Well, maybe not. Rom really needs to hire a P.R. person. (I'm sending my resume, right now.)


Anonymous said...

You make this comic sound so AWESOME!

Siskoid said...

Because it is, friend. Because it is.

De said...

There's way too much space around that building for it to be in Washington DC. Maybe Earth-616's DC differs from our own.

Siskoid said...

Probably outside the district. Google Earth gives me nothing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the new series. I'll have to find time on Saturdays now to read your blog.

Keep it coming.


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