Issue(s): ROM #19
Now we get confirmation that the Limbo that ROM has been banishing the Wraiths to is the mainstream Marvel Limbo, because we find that the Space Phantom is living there...
...along with another banished Spaceknight named Firefall.
This Firefall is the original Spaceknight. We saw his armor re-purposed by the Dire Wraiths for Archie Stryker in earlier issues, but this is the first (and only) non-flashback appearance of the original. It's said that during the big battle for Galador 200 years ago, he was captured by Wraiths, and he used his Living Flame to banish himself to Limbo to escape them (leaving his armor behind).
After some impersonations and fights with the Wraiths banished to Limbo...
...ROM is returned to Earth by Firefall. Before leaving Limbo, ROM was taunted by a Wraith who showed him visions of his home planet in ruins. And Firefall, who was briefly sent back home when the Space Phantom impersonated him, also warns ROM that something is up on Galador.
In a back-up Tales of the Spaceknights, a Spaceknight named Terminator goes a little crazy and kills a civilian in addition to a Dire Wraith. He agrees to return with ROM and Starshine to Galador to stand trial.
The lettercol mentions the fact that since both ROM and the Micronauts are products of different toy companies, a crossover between them is unlikely, despite the fact that Mantlo writes both.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (3): showFirefall (Spaceknight), John Clark, ROM, Sarah Clark, Silas Lane, Sister Sweet (Dire Wraith), Space Phantom, Starshine II, Steve Jackson
Sal Buscema is foreshadowing the rougher, more angular style that he would later use on SPIDER-MAN here. Totally different from what he was doing on INCREDIBLE HULK. This combined with his aping Walt Simonson on BALDER THE BRAVE goes to show how adaptable Sal was. History I going to be kind to him, I think. His legacy right now is spotty- he seems to get little more credit than that of a dependable workhorse- but people are going to start speaking more fondly of him eventually. He deserves new evaluation.
Posted by: Jay Patrick | September 17, 2013 4:03 PM
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