Review: ROM: Dire Wraiths
The first season of the epic Right Stuff on Disney+ is more than good television. The show gives us a behind the scenes look at some iconic figures, astronauts. Hearing these names growing up, and especially in school, we tend to give them a reverence that makes them infallible. The series shows them as very much human. It also showed what made them so heroic, embracing that indomitable spirit that we all aspire to. ROM: Dire Wraiths uses those iconic space explorers for a new twist on history.
Going into space seems so farfetched for so many of us that we often tether it to science fiction stories. We often think about aliens and unidentified flying objects. This is often met with skepticism and never really with actual thought. In ROM: Dire Wraiths we get a story that uses the real-life events of the Space Race and asks what if “we ran into a dangerous alien race while exploring space?”
We’re taken to 1969, where three astronauts are on the Adventure One, a secret mission that monitors alien life when they detect traces of life on the Moon, which looks to be more than they could ever imagine. Wraith soldiers are holding camp and look to send a message to any humans from Earth, as they ascend on the astronauts right before they plant the flag. From there, a battle with ROM and other forces begins in a battle to end the Wraith threat.
Overall, ROM: Dire Wraiths is a nice story that is an interesting prequel to a well-established hero. The story by Chris Ryall has echoes of Harlan Ellison and Richard Matheson, which is both exciting and scary. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that should bring this character a bigger fan base.
Story: Chris Ryall Art: Sal Buscema, Guy Dorian Sr., Ron Joseph, and Luca Pizzari
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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