ROM: Spaceknight writers talk 'scary, paranoid' comic reboot

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Apr 19, 2016, 5:47 PM EDT

The original Spaceknight is back in action, and now we have the first details in regard to what’s next for ROM.

IDW’s new ROM: Spaceknight comic run is set to hit shelves in July (though a prequel story will be released May 7 for Free Comic Book Day), and writers Christos Gage and Chris Ryall chatted with Gizmodo about the challenges of trying to bring the franchise back to life in the current comic landscape. Sure, ROM certainly has some geeky name cachet, but you still have to make something worthy of earning a spot on a pull list.

The duo said they’re trying to toe the line between telling a story that will have fans of the original toy and comic geeking out, while also digging deeper into the themes that make the character so compelling in the first place:

Ryall: “I’d say that Rom on its surface might sound like something people have seen before—‘noble hero comes to Earth to save us from evil aliens hiding among us’—but that what we have in mind should surprise, thrill, and entertain in hopefully new and definitely exciting ways. Christos Gage and I have both wanted to do this for a long time, and we’ve no interest in just delivering on peoples’ expectations but instead in pushing them and hopefully exceeding them. And I think that what we’ve got planned, especially thanks to the creativity and passion also invested in the series by artist David Messina, is going to do just that.”

Gage: “It’ll have the feel of movies like They Live, The Thing, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers...that scary, paranoid feeling that comes from knowing there’s an evil, alien force infiltrating our world that can look like any one of us, even those you love most. And there’ll be Neutralizing.”

What do you think of the direction they’re taking ROM: Spaceknight? Will you be picking this one up?

(Via Gizmodo)