‘Rom: Spaceknight’ Returns To Marvel In New Omnibus & Facsimile Editions
by Tony Thornley
Few classic comics are considered a Holy Grail quite like Rom: Spaceknight. The Marvel series, based on the toy now owned by Habsro, ran for years and has never been reprinted due to complicated licensing issues until now.
Starting this fall, Marvel will begin reprinting the classic series with a facsimile edition of Rom: Spaceknight #1, thanks to an exciting deal with Rom owner Hasbro. The facsimile edition will be followed by an omnibus Rom The Original Years Volume 1 in January. Both editions will include art from industry legends Frank Miller, George Perez and more!
From Marvel’s press release:
Rom The Original Years Volume 1 will collect Rom (1979) #1-29 and Power Man & Iron Fist (1978) #73. He strikes from outer space…and nothing can stop him! Marvel Comics is proud to present the iconic early adventures of the greatest of Spaceknights — Rom! Centuries ago, Rom pledged his life to protect his planet, Galador, from the evil Dire Wraiths. Now, Rom has tracked these vile creatures across the cosmos to Earth, where they have infiltrated the highest levels of power — including S.H.I.E.L.D. itself! Armed with his energy analyzer, only Rom can see the Wraiths’ true form — and with his neutralizer, he can blast them into Limbo! But what will Earth make of this armored invader? Will Rom’s quest be aided or hindered by encounters with the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Jack of Hearts, Nova, and Power Man and Iron Fist? And when Galactus targets Galador, can Rom and his fellow Spaceknights save their homeworld from destruction?
Rom #1 Facsimile Edition boldly re-presents Rom (1979) #1, one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, in its original form, ads and all! Long ago, Rom offered his life to serve his planet of Galador as a Spaceknight — an armored warrior, sworn to protect his people from the vile alien invaders known as the Dire Wraiths. Now, his solemn vow brings him to Earth — the latest front in an ancient cosmic conflict! The Wraiths can assume human form, and they’ve been worming their way into our society. Only Rom’s trusty energy analyzer can detect them — and with his powerful neutralizer, he can banish them to Limbo! In this landmark first issue, Rom blasts his way into the Marvel Universe, meets his future ally Brandy Clark and begins his quest to free Earth from the Dire Wraiths’ invisible infiltration!
Check out the covers for both editions and be sure to pick up both the omnibus and the reproduction as they come!