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Subj: Re: IDW ROM #11 and Marvel ROM #11
Posted: Wed Jun 14, 2017 at 03:39:41 am EDT (Viewed 2 times)
Reply Subj: Re: IDW ROM #11 and Marvel ROM #11
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    The renegade Wraith and the PTSD case blast into a Wraith base to retrieve the analyzer from a dead spaceknight that the wraiths took down long ago.

    It is contained in a device that could only be breached by the Wraith perishing in the attempt. The analyzer is still attached to the severed arm of the dead knight, but the PTSD case has it now.

    The human that was Wraith infected and "disarmed" by Orphion has awakened and it seems she has some wraith shape changing ability but her mind is her own.

I hate to say it, but this series is starting to bore me. Sometimes decompression moves too slowly for me, and this is one of those times. But also, I still haven't developed any interest in the PTSD human. However, the newly shape changing human interests me now. Why the one and not the other? I think I just like shape changers.

    Orphion sends ROM and Livia with him to investigate a Wraith energy source. Orphion claims he will investigate the 37th parallel and its concentration of Wraiths. However after they leave he says he will attend to his true business......gee let me guess, he still wants to blow up the Earth?

The whole "blow up the Earth" plot line is tedious to me, I guess because I know there's no chance the Earth will get blown up. When the stakes are raised so high that I know the worst case can't happen, I get bored. Also, ROM continuing to debate the merits of blowing up the Earth is so ridiculous I just can't tolerate it much longer. Once the planets themselves become expendable in your mind, you've gone off the deep end and have no business imagining yourself as any sort of protector. Orphion and Livia have gone insane. ROM's slowness in coming to this conclusion is hard to believe.

    ROM shows Livia there are better methods then charging in blindly but the two Wraiths he dispatched summoned a sea monster that takes them both under the water.....end of story.

    This issue also features the start of the Tales of the Solstar Order flashback set of stories. ROM's appearance in this story appears to be closer to the 80's version in terms of his torso, shoulders and head.

    Also Sal Buscema is doing the ink work on the Tales of the Solstar Order \:\)

I love that guy!

    The artwork in the main story also appears to be a step up as well.

    So basically ROM, Orphion and Livia are the modern incarnation of when ROM, Starshine and Terminator worked as a team back in the Marvel series. Livia is more like the Brandy Clark version of Starshine when she went a bit crazy and became cold blooded and ruthless. Orphion is similar to Terminator but different enough. Classic ROM was clearly the Optimus Prime of the Spaceknights of Galador, IDW ROM is more a blend of Ultra Magnus' military discipline and training and also some of the compassion of Optimus Prime.

Good insights!

    Also the Wraith dying to get the analyzer free is a direct parallel to what happens to Firefall 2 in Classic Marvel ROM #11.

Wow! It's really getting blatant.

Well the sanity of the spaceknights is questionable, even ROM's.

We still have yet to hear why ROM came to Earth alone rather then get another spaceknight partner. When ROM did arrive on Earth he did state he would do "whatever it takes" to stop the Wraiths. However his time on Earth has affected him and now he understands the Earth better.

I suspect that it comes down to the fact that the Spaceknights have been at war for over 200 years, their transformation into cyborgs is permanent as they cannot remove their armor, and that over time they have come to let the ends justify the means, hence the blowing up of planets to stop the Wraiths.

Orphion has shown that he has some small amount of compassion as he "disarmed" rather then kill the contaminated human, and that he did stop to finally listen to ROM and help save Livia. However he still has a near over powering urge to execute function cntrl/shift/kill and blow up the Earth. Livia was a bit cold blooded before she became a Knight and has clearly gotten worse. ROM's mental state is questioned by them, but is his "problem" that he is waking up and relearning humanity? Probably.

I suspect that this is going to come down to ROM having to kill Orphion and possibly be put on trial by the Solstar Order for his actions.

The big thing we fans have to remember is that these are definitely NOT the Marvel Spaceknights and their code of honor doesn't quite exist here.

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