Spaceknight Saturdays: Rom's Greatest Hits

It's the second part of Rom's European Vacation, specifically in Balkanized Wales where Dire Wraiths have been stealing children in the night to turn them into whatever humans become when they are Dired. Rom has just sworn to get them back, just like a knight of old.

It's a quest that will require to drive through all his past threats - truly his greatest hits (shy of Hybrid) - possibly an excuse for Akin & Garvey to ink these old foes, because gosh, those guys elevate Sal Buscema's art to a whole new level.

But first, Rom has to find the Wraiths that have taken a boy right in front of his eyes. Good thing they leave a... a spoor.
Spoor: The trail left by a person or an animal; what the hunter follows in pursuing game. Ah ok. Thought it was dirtier than that. Maybe it still is.

So like I said: Old threats. First he fights some Hellhounds.
Then some robotic Watchwraiths.
Before entering a spooky old castle that gives him gorgeously inked visions.
These ghosts of the past will become important later. Like a couple pages later when Rom falls into the castle's moat where...
King Arthur and his knights are pulling a Captain America. It's coooooold in Wales. Rom leaves them for dead, breaks through the castle's floor and sends the assembled Wraiths to Limbo. But the Witch won't be owned so easily. She summons shadow demons immune to Rom's neutralizer.
But she's not so impervious.
Man, that is one disappointed-looking Dire Wraith. But the shadow spell remains, and just as Rom is overcome...
Told you they'd become important. One deus ex machina later, Rom and the kids are free. The ghosts are nowhere to be seen and it's all a bit hazy. Did it really happen, or did Rom just black out and beat the shadows himself? We may never know.

Speaking of hazy thinking, back in Clareton...
Brandy has become quite the grave desecrator! No really.
From school girl crush to fatal attraction in under 3 issues. Hope nobody stops her while she has a spaceknight corpse in her trunk!

BONUS LETTERS PAGE CAMEO
Among the usual letters fawning over the book and theorizing about the Skrull-Wraith connection, there's a picture sent by a future comics superstar!
Evan Dorkin (Milk & Cheese, Dork!) has his first published work in a Marvel Comic! Man, I wish he'd get out of tv development hell and back to making his hilarious brand of comics!

3 comments:

rob! said...

You'll enjoy the next issue of Back Issue!, it features a big article on ROM!

Sea-of-Green said...

AWROO!

Is that the greatest sound effect EVER to appear in a comic, or what? ;-)

Siskoid said...

Sounds like something out of the Futurama's version of Richard Nixon.

 

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