Reviews – Rom: Dire Wraiths & Rising Sun

Some thoughts on two new series from IDW Publishing – Rom: Dire Wraiths #1 and Rising Sun #1 – available now in print and digitally

Rom: Dire Wraiths #1

“Inhumanauts,” Part 1: In 1969, two American astronauts became the first humans to set foot on Earth’s moon… but they found something inhuman waiting for them! With Rom the Spaceknight nowhere in sight, can even the Earth Corp help prevent one giant leap for Wraithkind? Plus! Find out where Rom is in a special back-up story with art by Guy Dorian Sr. and Rom legend Sal Buscema!

Chris Ryall (Author) Luca Pizzari (Artist, Cover Artist) Guy Dorian (Artist) Sal Buscema (Author)

This seems like a good reintroduction to Rom and the Dire Wraiths. Set during the height of the cold war as the space race is hotting up, we get a good look at the alternative history. The moon landings were still a big deal and the parts for the camera are on show.
The problem being is that they are not alone on the moon!
The Dire Wraiths are there too, although you get the impression that it was not their plan – they missed Earth and ended up on the moon.
This issue gives you a good idea about the Wraiths and there powers. It also differentiates them well, with different classes in the command structure.
The art is modern enough to be enjoyed, but does give a good 60’s feel to it all. I like the way this story was told and the build up to the bigger story. The back up covers some ground for Rom as well!

Rising Sun #1

Chiyoko of the Koi Clan leads a group of powerful warriors, the best each clan has to offer, on a mission to save Japan from dragons and monsters. But perhaps the greatest threat she faces is not the many monsters who are ravaging the country, but her own team…

Ron Marz (Author) David Rodriguez (Author) Martín Cóccolo (Artist, Cover Artist)

This was a great introduction to the new series. Joined in battle we see one of the team already taking a hit! We get a good introduction to the rest of the teams skills. Despite the bickering, they manage to get out mostly alive – it then falls on the conservation with a healer to get the rest of the story. Already some of the character traits are coming out and it kind of reminds me of the crew on Firefly (Guess which one is Jayne!) I like the set up in this issue and the way the team dynamic has been arranged – the next issue looks to introduce more problems!
The art is pretty good, with some nice action and I like the way the dragon is portrayed!

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