Do the Wraith Thing. Rom & The Micronauts #2 review
Rom & The Micronauts #2
Written By: Christos Gage
Illustrated By: Paolo Villanelli
Colored By: Alessandra Alexakis
Lettered By: Shawn Lee
Editors: Carlos Guzman & David Mariotte
Publisher: Greg Goldstein
Rom & The Micronauts #2 finds us with Rom after his battle with Karza from the last issue. Quite literally under siege from the Reptos, and Dire Wraiths in micro space. Seems Karza stole Roms‘ size sending him to the home of the Micronauts, assigning a team to locate him, and come to his rescue.
I enjoyed the first issue of this series, but this issue blew it out of the water. So many things happened in this issue, so many pieces of the puzzle coming together. Karza is trying to rule the earth because within 1.4 years the entropy cloud will destroy micro space. He has teamed up with the dire wraiths, which Rom and the space knights have been fighting for more than two centuries. I really like the way this story in just the first two issues has perfectly merged both of these universes. In case you haven’t been following their adventures currently, but remember the characters, this series is a perfect jumping on point.There is a good balance of interaction between the characters, and all-out action, not to mention some great flashbacks to explain the history and some backstory.
Christos Gage authors this book so well, such a great flow, and fires on all cylinders. As of recent, he‘s been profoundly impressive on titles he‘s been working on. Christos has come such a long way since his early work that it feels like a totally different person writing this. I implore you to give him a chance here on this title. He has established the ideal balance in all aspects story-wise, and I was so disappointed that this issue had to end. It also has me stoked for the next issue, and so should you!
Paolo Villanelli illustrated this book with an assist on colors by Alessandra Alexakis. These two work so well together. They compliment each other perfectly. I like the updated look of the classic characters, certain parts almost remind me of Robotech art. In short, that’s high praise indeed. The colors have such a good contrast that they pop, in turn letting these characters practically leap off the pages!
I used to read the old Rom and Micronauts comics. I was so excited when IDW brought all my favorite childhood toys back into the comics in the way they did. I‘ve appreciated this story immensely so far, and I only anticipate it getting better from here. If you like either of these universes or, like myself, played with these toys back in the 70’s, this is like going back in time for me. Do yourself a favor and check out this book and it’s on shelves now.