Rom #3

Rom #3

In Marvel, Reviews by T. Andrew Wahl2 Comments


Title: “Firefall!”
Synopsis: Rom continues to search out Dire Wraiths on Earth – and uncovers a plot to free his mortal enemies from limbo!

Writer: Bill Mantlo
Penciler: Sal Buscema
Inker: Buscema

The Dire Wraith menace appears to have sleeper agents everywhere: the U.S. military, the Senate, even S.H.I.E.L.D. So, when they need to recruit a human to battle Rom, it’s obvious their best candidate is … run-of-the-mill robber Archie Stryker? Umm, OK. This use of Stryker takes a little willful suspension of disbelief but, once accomplished, writer Bill Mantlo delivers another solid issue. The Wraiths’ use of a fallen spaceknight’s armor against Rom provides some nice human pathos for our cyborg hero. On the art side, Sal Buscema delivers his typical mix of clean storytelling and energetic figure work.

Grade: B

Cool factor: Check out that Miller and Austin cover. That Bronze Age combination didn’t happen nearly enough!
Not-so-cool factor: Yeah, still having a problem with that Stryker guy.

Notable: With a Parker Brother ad for the Rom toy and two house ads for the Rom comic (a full-page and a strip ad) in this issue, one gets the sense the powers-that-be are serious about this series succeeding. … This issue also contains “A Marvel Masterwork Pin-Up” of Rom by Al Milgrom. Reportedly, this pin-up was an earlier iteration of the cover to Rom #1.

Character Quotable
“Wreackers of chaos! Devils from the Dark Nebula! I am here to thwart your evil designs!”Rom, spaceknight, who seriously dislikes the Dire Wraiths
Rom #3

ROM #3
Published and © by Marvel, February 1980
Cover by Frank Miller and Terry Austin

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Rom #3 remains uncollected at the time of this review’s publication.


  1. For the life of me I cannot remember why I enjoyed this comic so much . I was in my twenties at the time and almost out of the comic book buying phase but there was just something about this book. Maybe your reviews and others comments will remind me !

    1. Author

      Hi, Joe. Thanks for stopping by. You know, my feelings about this series are similar. With other favorites from my younger years — say, the Claremont/Byrne X-Men Frank Miller’s Daredevil — it’s always been easy to explain my enduring affection. But Rom has always been the guilty pleasure. One of the reasons I decided it would be one of the first series I wanted to review here was to try to figure out its appeal. (Note: Rom reviews will alternate every 12 issues or so with reviews of writer Bill Mantlo’s other toy-opus, Micronauts.


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