ROM: Dire Wraiths #1

Writer: Chris Ryall Artist: Luca Pizarri Publisher: IDW Publishing Release Date: January 15, 2020 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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"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!
* The return of Rom!
* Helmed by Rom fan-favorite writer Chris Ryall and new-to-ROM artist Luca Pizzari (Weapon X, Black Knight)!

  • 9.9
    Comic Watch - Jimmy Hayes Jan 20, 2020

    I know it's only two weeks in, but this is my favorite comic I've read this year. Yes, I am a HUGE ROM fan, so I'm over the mooned thrilled that he's back. But, I am still able to be objective on whether or not a comic about something that I love is good or bad. Thankfully this one's awesome, so I don't have to make that choice. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Jan 20, 2021

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon Mudd Jan 17, 2020

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  • 7.8
    Outright Geekery - Joshua Rathbun Jan 14, 2020

    I'm not a fan of $4.99 comics. However, ROM: Dire Wraiths has a much higher page count and a quality creative team. For this kind of effort, I won't mind paying a bit more. I'm a huge ROM fan and I probably own every appearance and I feel that while I know there are differences with the old and new material, these stories are in the right hands and that newer fans of ROM and the old school ones can enjoy a tale like this one. However, if you just want ROM, you won't get much of him in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Jonathan O'Neal Jan 16, 2020

    "Rom: Dire Wraiths" makes no bones about flaunting its space race meets space opera meets sci-fi horror vibe. It would be easy to dismiss it as corny balderdash if it wasn't presented with the utmost earnestness and handmade care. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Jan 21, 2020

    Did I expect too much, or was I just wanting a Bronze Age time machine? Perhaps, on both counts. Happy to give this book another issue to see how it develops but, as first issues go, I was left a little underwhelmed, despite liking Ryall and the characters. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Jan 15, 2020

    It's great to return to this universe, but there are some odd narrative choices that keep this one from being a home run right out of the gate. Still, for fans of the characters and the wider Hasbro-verse, this is worth a read. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    But Why Tho? - Aaron Phillips Jan 16, 2020

    Overall, the issue feels fairly middling, due to the majority of the story being fairly slow-paced. The lack of Rom, the Solstar Knight, is a hard point to get over. Perhaps the series will develop further and use issue #1 as a springboard, but currently, I find myself already switched off. As a reader, the first issue is where the creative team should be setting the bar the highest. First impressions are last impressions, and my impressions of Rom, are sadly lackluster. Read Full Review

  • 2.0 - Jamie Lovett Jan 15, 2020

    All-in-all, Rom: Dire Wraiths #1 is a rote and entirely skippable affair. Read Full Review

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