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Review: ROM: Dire Wraiths

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

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Rom: Dire Wraiths

Rom: Dire Wraiths

(W) Chris Ryall (A) Guy Dorina Sr., Sal Buscema (A/CA) Luca Pizzari
In Shops: Jan 20, 2021
SRP: $15.99

July, 1969. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin are about to become the first humans to set foot on the moon, but something inhuman is waiting for them!

Seeking to conquer everything in their path, the Dire Wraiths wield powerful dark magic and can infect other creatures transforming them into more of their kind. The only thing powerful enough to oppose them is Rom the Spaceknight. But, with Rom nowhere in sight, can even the Earth Corp help prevent one giant leap for Wraithkind or is there no way to stop an invasion of Earth? Only the crew of Apollo 11 and some unexpected guest-stars stand in their way! Plus, a special back-up story with art by Guy Dorian, Sr. and Rom legend Sal Buscema!

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Preview: Rom: Dire Wraiths #3 (of 3)

Rom: Dire Wraiths #3 (of 3)

(W) Chris Ryall (A) Ron Joseph (CA) Luca Pizarri
In Shops: Dec 30, 2020
SRP: $4.99

1969: The secret Earth satellite safeguarding the moon landing is infested by Dire Wraiths! Worse, the Wraiths now have transport to Earth. And the crew of the first moon landing can only stop them by making the ultimate sacrifice! Plus: the special ROM back-up with art by Guy Dorian Sr. and Rom legend Sal Buscema concludes in explosive fashion!

The thrilling conclusion to the return of ROM!

Rom: Dire Wraiths #3 (of 3)

Preview: Rom: Dire Wraiths #2 (of 3)

Rom: Dire Wraiths #2 (of 3)

(W) Chris Ryall (A) Guy Dorian, Sal Buscema (A/CA) Luca Pizarri
In Shops: Mar 11, 2020
SRP: $4.99

1969: The first lunar mission has landed and they aren’t alone. Trapped, hunted by Dire Wraiths, the astronauts find themselves wishing that help weren’t over two-hundred thousand miles away. A Wraith invasion of Earth is looming and only the most isolated men in human history stand in their way. Plus! The connected ROM back-up with art by Guy Dorian Sr. and ROM legend Sal Buscema continues here!

Rom: Dire Wraiths #2 (of 3)

Preview: Rom: Dire Wraiths #1 (of 3)

Rom: Dire Wraiths #1 (of 3)

(W) Chris Ryall (A) Guy Dorian, Sal Buscema (A/CA) Luca Pizarri
In Shops: Jan 15, 2020
SRP: $4.99

“Inhumanauts,” Part 1: In 1969, two American astronauts became the first humans to set foot on Earth’s moon… but they found something inhuman waiting for them! With Rom the Spaceknight nowhere in sight, can even the Earth Corp help prevent one giant leap for Wraithkind? Plus! Find out where Rom is in a special back-up story with art by Guy Dorian Sr. and Rom legend Sal Buscema!

Rom: Dire Wraiths #1 (of 3)

Rom: Dire Wraiths Reveals the Terrifying Truth of the Moon Landing

IDW Publishing has revealed Rom: Dire Wraiths, a three-part comic book miniseries about Earth’s incomparable heroes – the astronauts whose mission among the stars brought them face-to-face with the Dire Wraiths, the shape-shifting scourge of the universe!

Written by Chris Ryall, the mastermind behind IDW’s Rom comic book renaissance, and gorgeously illustrated by Luca Pizzari, the Dire Wraiths story is guaranteed to be a creepy tale of a secret alien invasion happening on a rocky satellite 240,000 miles from home!

They made it past the initial nail-biting part of the journey, with a speedy liftoff from Merritt Island. They were thrown left and right against their straps in spasmodic little jerks as they rode into orbit and steered insanely fast into space. But that would not be the biggest challenge they would face. As they set foot on the moon, they found something inhuman waiting for them, ready to hitch a ride back to Earth! With Rom the Spaceknight seemingly nowhere in sight, only a handful of intrepid astronauts can prevent one giant leap for Dire Wraith-kind!

Debuting in October, Rom: Dire Wraiths includes a special back-up story with art by Guy Dorian and Rom legend Sal Buscema, answering the question of where Rom is during the crisis.

Rom: Dire Wraiths #1 will feature variant covers by Luca Pizzari, Corin Howell, and a collaboration between Guy Dorian and Sal Buscema.

Rom: Dire Wraiths
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