ReviewTitle: “Heart Attack!”
Synopsis: Rom encounters his first superhero since coming to Earth; unfortunately, Jack of Hearts thinks the spaceknight is a killer!
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Penciler: Sal Buscema
The first year of Rom adventures wraps up with the spaceknight’s first meeting with an Earthling superhero. Things don’t go well – of course – and the heroes spend most of this issue exchanging big punches. Writer Bill Mantlo does add a little pathos here, as Rom begins to wonder if humanity might be capable of defending itself. Would that render his mission – and sacrifice – moot? But the story as a whole struggles to escape the gravity of heavy exposition and back story. The art, by always reliable Sal Buscema, is solid but doesn’t elevate this tale.
Cool factor: Jack of Hearts …
Not-so-cool factor: … or not. This reviewer can never quite decide if Jack of Hearts is cool, or just a bad Alice in Wonderland cosplayer. (But he does look pretty awesome on that Michael Golden cover!)
Notable: Guest-starring Jack of Hearts.
“I understand your fear of me … but, by golden Galador, you try my patience.”Rom, an understanding fella (for an alien death machine)
Published and © by Marvel, November 1980
Cover by Michael Golden