Issue(s): ROM #14
He's even built a little ROM toy.
The Thinker's motivation is a concern that his mastery of androids is threatened by the appearance of newer forms of artificial intelligence that he can't control.
The Thinker sends his Awesome Android to soften ROM up.
When the Thinker discovers that ROM is actually a cyborg, not a robot, he decides to destroy him instead. But the Awesome Android, affected by ROM's Neutralizer, turns on his master.
In a subplot, Brandy's fiance has been captured and replaced by a Dire Wraith. And a reporter, Ace O'Connor, reveals what she's learned about the Wraiths only to discover that her boss is one.
These early Dire Wraiths, which will later be revealed to be just the male half of the species, don't suck the brains out of a person to duplicate them. They're more like Skrulls. It's too bad they hadn't thought of the second version initially as they are much more frightening.
A Tales of the Spaceknights back-up shows that ROM's girlfriend Ray-Na was killed by Dire Wraiths.
This seems to contradict the scene from ROM #5 where ROM recalls telling Ray-Na that their love would never die and then repeats that vow in the present day. But i guess you could reason that he meant it in the sense that he'll always remember her.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showAce O'Connor, Awesome Android, John Clark, Mack Killburn, Mad Thinker, ROM, Sarah Clark, Starshine II
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