Issue(s): ROM #70, ROM #71
Their master turns out to be Unam the Unseen...
...considered (at least in his own head) to be the weakest of the Spaceknights because his only power is to become invisible. When the Wraithwar ended, he took advantage of the Wraiths' weakness and let the power go to his head. It's definitely a "homage" to Apocalypse Now (which i didn't realize when i read this in real-time) but it's done well.
The cover has ROM going hand-to-hand against a giant, monstrous Dire Wraith, but nothing like that happens in the book, unfortunately.
Inks by Kim DeMulder, continuing the successful trend of pairing Ditko with a top quality inker.
In the next issue, we find that Unam is ultimately redeemable, and after his "empire" is banished to Limbo, he begs forgiveness, and the other Spaceknights accept him back.
And for contrast, issue #71 introduces shows us another Spaceknight, Raak the Breaker, who has conquered another world of Wraiths (or rather, he joined up with the Wraiths to help conquer the world).
Unlike Unam, he's irredeemable, and Unam sacrifices his life to help defeat him.
Issue #70 had all female Dire Wraiths and i was going to complain that the males have been all but forgotten just because their design isn't as cool, but they do figure into the plot of issue #71.
And it raises a good point; the females lost their sorcerers powers when Wraithworld was banished to Limbo, but the males would still have their technology. Considering the first 40 or so issues of the ROM series focused on the male threat, it's sort of dawned on me that the Wraith threat really hasn't ended at all, has it? I guess the defeat on Earth would still be considered a major blow, however.
A nitpick: on Breaker's world, the Wraiths attacked the "humans" in overt full-scale war even prior to the loss of the females' sorcery.
Considering both the males and females have the ability to infiltrate and hide among the humans, it seems like an odd choice. Of course it's just a quick flashback panel that i'm probably over-reading.
Raak the Breaker is the "master of microwaves". Don't laugh; i'm pretty much limited to pressing the "+30 seconds" button on my microwave; the rest of the buttons are beyond me.
The Spaceknights also meet Vola the Trapper on Raak's world. Unlike Raak, Vola is one of the good ones.
It's probably ironic for someone whose project involves reading all of Marvel's comics together, but i find ROM much more enjoyable when he's off of Earth.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBreaker, Cindy Adams, Rick Jones, ROM, Scanner, Seeker, Starshine II, Trapper, Unam the Unseen
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