Cool your jets this summer and jump into this fantastic 5-page preview for IDW's ROM #1, honoring the stalwart sentinel of the benevolent Solstar Order and his triumphant return to comic books. ROM began life as a Parker Brothers LED-lit electronic robot toy in 1979, then transitioned into a tie-in Marvel comic series titled ROM: Spaceknight, written by Rocket Raccoon co-creator Bill Mantlo with art initially drawn by Sal Buscema. The comic book line outlived the clunky cyborg toy and continued on for 75 issues until it was canceled in 1986.
With Hasbro's Cinematic Universe heating up, the galant Galadorian robot figures to play a major role in the newly-formed studio's expanding Hollywood presence and will be a major character in IDW's upcoming Revolution crossover event this fall alongside G.I. Joe, Micronauts, M.A.S.K. and Action Man. IDW released an introductory 11-page issue of ROM #0 on Free Comic Book Day in May to get fans primed for the return of the cosmic robot with the chrome toaster head, revealing how ROM first arrived on Earth and his battle with his nemeses, the dreaded Dire Wraiths.
(ABOVE - Premiere Issue of ROM: SPACEKNIGHT #1 in December of 1979)
Co-written by IDW CCO/Editior-in-Chief Chris Ryall and TV writer Christos Gage (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Daredevil), with art by David Messina (Star Trek: Countdown), ROM #1 is injected with old-fashioned space opera fun and a serious love for the sci-fi character that should prove infectious once the series gets up to speed.
“It’s no hyperbole for me to say that launching a new Rom comic is one of the things we’ve most wanted to make happen for fans,” said Ryall. “I know this because I’m one of them. The character has been absent from comics for too long and we can’t wait to introduce this all-new version to the world. Many people have only heard of Rom but that’s it. And those that do know of his past iteration might have some preconceived notion of what this series will be. And while we can promise that the DNA of the character as established with the original toy remains intact, there will be surprises galore as people experience a new universe built entirely around Rom and company.”
Here's the official solicitation synopsis:
WE’VE BEEN INVADED AND ONLY A SPACE KNIGHT CAN SAVE US! First there was his epic return in this year’s FCBD #0, and now the ongoing tale of ROM begins in earnest! Christos Gage, Chris Ryall and David Messina kick off the wildest new series of the year as Rom’s war with the Dire Wraiths hits close to home in “Earthfall, part 1!”
Before it rolls out on July 20, take a sneak peek at IDW's ROM #1 plus variant covers and tell us if you're ready to join ROM's fearsome Space Knight force.