|Left click to enlarge . . . fuck marvel|
This is nothing more then the latest installment of the sullying process of ROM's legacy that marvel has been engaged in for the past 15 fucken years. A process I have blogged about extensively over the years with everything from that horrible spaceknights mini-series (2001) to The Annihilators (2011) and those those poorly handled Hybrid returns in recent years not to mention Galador's destruction and there's so much more as many of you followers of this blog know. As for you detractors of the IDW ROM reboot you need to understand that the ROM you knew is never coming back.
You think even if marvel obtained the rights to ROM again (which will never happen) they would reintroduce him exactly as you remember him with mittens and all? Think about what's been going on in the Marvel Universe in general as well as how marvel has so thoroughly fucked up everything they own that's ROM related and tell me you can just make The Greatest of The Spaceknights show up in the middle of all that shit just as you remembered him in the 80s? Folks, the 80s are over and same goes for the 90s which was a decade that was still giving us some good ROM related continuity in the pages of The Incredible Hulk, New Warriors and X-Man (Nate Grey).
By all means continue to enjoy those ROM back issues, tie-ins, Easter eggs, foot notes and of course the other random old school stuff I try to bring you here. But if there was ever a time to hit the reboot button I'd say it was now. I would certainly understand the cautious optimism most of you have about IDW's upcoming series I can't blame you all on that one but at the same time try to keep an open mind. Think of it in terms of Star Wars The Force Awakens. It may not be quite like reliving the thrill of seeing the original trilogy but it probably at least gave you a taste of it and was a Hell of a lot better then those shitty prequels. For ROM fans, marvel has been giving us nothing but Star Wars prequels (barring The 2010 Winter Gaurd mini-series) in the past 15 years but I think IDW's efforts will be something closer to The Force Awakens. But if not, I'll have a thing or two to say about that and it probably won't be G rated.
Speaking of bullshit related to all things "spaceknights" and Guardians of The Galaxy check out this video that will make you cringe at how uninformed the speaker in it is when he tries to talk about ROM it's really fucken annoying . . .
On the flip side this is kind of a cool recent article about comics based on 80s licensed properties (Rom, Crystar, Shogun Warriors, Micronauts, G.I.Joe, Transformers and He-Man) http://www.denofgeek.us/books-comics/action-figures/251402/the-7-greatest-comic-series-based-on-toy-lines