ReviewTitle: “The Stalker in the Night!”
Synopsis: The last survivor of a race of mutated reptiles massacred by the Dire Wraiths battles should-be-ally Rom.
Writer: Bill Mantlo
Penciler: Sal Buscema
This issue’s antagonist looks like a bad ’70s action figure, but Serpentyne proves to be an excellent foil for Rom. Writer Bill Mantlo delivers a nice piece of retconning that establishes both the Dire Wraiths’ penchant for evil and their pre-Rom existence on Earth. An extended fight scene generates some surprisingly poignant emotion, not least of which is a sense of Rom’s nobility. The prolonged battle also gets some pop from the always reliable Sal Buscema, who delivers energetic figure work and above-average fight choreography. An abrupt conclusion is the only mar on this otherwise strong issue.
Cool factor: Sal Buscema’s work always has a strong kinetic energy to it.
Notable: Flashback appearance featuring Ms. Marvel.
“The Wraith-stink is strong in this hole.”Rom, sounding icky
Published and © by Marvel, August 1980
Cover by Michael Golden