Synopsis: Rom lies captive withinn Project Safeguard, a national alien research facility secretly under the control of Dire Wraith!
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Penciler: Sal Buscema
How deep does the Wraith threat go? Writer Bill Mantlo continues to explore that question with Rom in the clutches of a U.S. government agency secretly under Wraith control. The writer seems to be having a blast, mixing comic-book heroics and ’50s sci-fi paranoia to great effect. The death of a bit player offers surprising gravitas, and Mantlo delivers a cliffhanger with some real weight. The art, unfortunately, isn’t as strong. Sal Buscema’s pacing and action sequences are still solid, but his rendering looks a but rushed. Still, an above-average – and enjoyable – outing.
Cool factor: The Wraith “Most High One” deems Rom too great a threat to live and orders him killed. Immediately. It does’t work out that way, of course, but it was still a pleasant surprise hearing a big bad sound sound sensible for once.
“I figure I’m just about the most expendable of us good guys!”Archie Stryker, two-bit crook turned spaceknight hero
Published and © by Marvel, October 1980
Cover by Michael Golden