Review: Rom #7

Rom #7 cover
Cover by Michael Golden

Rom #7
Published and © by Marvel and Rom © Parker Brothers, June 1980

Title: “As I Lay Dying!”
Synopsis: As Rom lies comatose in a laboratory, the Dire Wraiths decide to attack – with semi-sentient, thorny plants!

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artist: Sal Buscema

Review: Much like Rom #5 (see review), this issue suffers from inane plot contrivances that make suspension of disbelief almost impossible. Damaged in battle, Rom is rushed to a pharmaceutical lab by his human allies so a small-town auto mechanic can make necessary repairs. Say what? To his credit, writer Bill Mantlo at least nods to this (“I fix cars, not aliens!” declares the mechanic). But why, with their greatest foe lying helpless, do the Dire Wraiths send in thornoids (think rejects from “The Little Shop of Horrors”) to do their dirty work? It’s silly. And not good silly.

Grade: C

Cool factor: Well, hello Michael Golden. Your covers are a much appreciated addition to Rom.
Not-so-cool factor: Summon the thornoids? No wonder the Dire Wraiths lost their war with the spaceknights!

Character quotable: “Y-you can’t stand the thought of me feeling something for the man trapped within that armor!” – Brandy Clark, cranking the love triangle up to 11

Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Sequential Reaction (Vol. 1) on Feb. 8, 2016.

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