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Rom #75
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December 17th, 2017 by Rusty

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Rom #75 cover

Rom #75

Date: February 1986
Publisher: Marvel Comics Group
Cover Price: 75¢
2017 Price Range: $2 – $15
Stats: 23 color pages, Bullpen Bulletins and ads
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Artists: Steve Ditko, P. Craig Russell, Petra Scotese and Kevin Nowlan
Notable Notes: The last issue of the series!

The Red Eyed Action Figure

Do you remember the Rom action figure from the late 1970s? I do. Although I didn’t own one I had a couple friends that did. I always thought the toy was super popular, but I guess it wasn’t. Parker Brothers licensed the character to Marvel in an effort to build interest in the toy. It appears they did a pretty good job, because the comic series outlasted the toy!

This was the only Rom comic I ever read, and then only because it came in a bundle of comics I purchased in the mid 1980s. I figure I’ve reviewed a lot of #1 issues recently, so I’d see how the last issue of a series stacked up! It is difficult coming into a series at the end, but thanks to Wikipedia I was able to get a sense of what the series had accomplished so far. So does this issue stand on its own as a good comic book? Let’s find out, shall we.

Synopsis:

This book starts on Galador, Rom’s home planet, where he has returned to find a new generation of spaceknights – and they have challenged him to a duel! As a fight between Rom and Dominor begins, we are are treated to some flashbacks which talk about the spaceknights’ mission. Dominor quickly overpowers Rom, but doesn’t finish him off too quickly because he wants Rom to give him the location of his woman, Brandy Clark – but Rom refuses. Meanwhile, we see two of Rom’s associates, Trapper and Scanner, who are desperately trying to get an S.O.S. out to all the other spaceknights. They succeed, but at the high price of their own lives. Finally, we see Brandy, who has found some sort of museum storage room where she finds an inert duplicate Rom! Back at the duel, Rom tricks Dominor and defeats him, but when the other new spaceknights try to blow Rom up their plan backfires and they end up destroying themselves – Mwa-ha-ha! Rom blacks out, but when he comes to he finds Brandy and all his spaceknight buddies, who offer him the globe of life from his doppelganger. At their bidding he accepts it, turns back into a regular (albeit blue-haired) human, and is left to repopulate the planet with Brandy while his fellow spaceknights watch over the world. All in all, I’d say that isn’t a bad deal!

How I Rate This Issue:

  • Story: 3 stars – I realize I am only reading the last part of this story, but hey, that is what happens sometimes! Overall it wasn’t too strong – just some big fights and emotional reunions.
  • Art: 4 stars – Overall it was about par for mid ’80s work. Some of the faces were kind of weird, but there were also a few really beautiful panels with exquisitely crafted details!
  • Fun Factor: 3 stars – I think I would have enjoyed this issue a lot more if I had read the previous few. But, standing on its own, the only really cool thing about it was seeing how it all ended.

Where To Get Your Own Copy:

An Updated Rom Series!

Although I couldn’t find a trade paperback containing this issue, I did discover that the Rom license was obtained by IDW a few years ago and that they have published an updated series. Check out Rom Vol. 1!


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