ROM #26-27 (1982)

Galactus on Galador!

Most of this issue is a big fight between the Spaceknight team and Terrax the Tamer, Herald of Galactus, but the big twist happens at the end of issue #26, where ROM brilliantly diverts Galactus to the Dire Wraith’s planet.

It’s a genius strategy, and one that moves ROM into the realm of “heroes who kill.”  Sure, he’s neutralized a whole bunch of ugly Wraiths already in this book, but now what he’s doing is ethnic cleansing.

That takes a special kind of balls.

Turns out, though, that when he gets there the big G can’t eat the Dark Nebula because it’s spoiled.

This makes Galactus mad, so he “moves” Galador so that the Spaceknights can’t find it and are lost in space.  That’s a weird ending to an otherwise pretty thoughtful story—I mean, if he could move it, why didn’t he just eat Galador when it turned out he couldn’t eat the Wraith homeworld?

Creators: Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema
Grade: C

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