ROM Space Knight.

A few years back, I colored a black and white image of ROM shooting a Dire Wraith. And for some reason, had ROM on my mind. I’d enjoyed the run in MARVEL Comics – it started strong (when it got near the end of the series, it got a little weird). But ROM was never a toy I owned back in the day (it’d been released in 1979).

ROM Space Knight from Parker Brothers 1979

Now, Marvel let the rights lapse on ROM and eventually IDW Publishing picked it up, and released a ROM #0 on Free Comic Book Day – which as a fan of the original series, I picked up. Then proceeded to pick up ROM from IDW, when it was released as a regular series. I didn’t make it all the way through (not sure if it’s still running?) – I think I collected the first five issues.

Now what was interesting is that IDW was using Dire Wraiths which was something created at Marvel, specifically for the ROM comic. But, as ROM was integrated into the Marvel Universe, so too were the Dire Wraith (seen in Uncanny X-Men, Avengers, New Warriors just to name a few). Now Marvel, when they do reprints of comics, tend to skip it if ROM appears in it; but have had no issue publishing it if Dire Wraiths were in it.

Apparently Marvel let it slide, and Parker Brothers – now Hasbro – grabbed the rights to Dire Wraiths. Marvel filed an injunction; but withdrew as apparently some kind of agreement was settled between the two (the Dire Wraiths from IDW look different than the Dire Wraiths in Marvel; which may be the agreement to keep them visually different but continue to allow both companies to use the alien species). ROM however, can not appear in new books of Marvel – in his armored form – so Marvel has made references to ROM in his flesh form.

What’s interesting is Marvel has made a female Space Knight named IKON that bares a close resemblance to ROM, but female –

From the ANNIHILATORS series from Marvel – HIGHLY recommended

I also, while going down the rabbit hole, discovered that IDW released a comic (maybe series?) called ROM: Dire Wraiths which saw Sal Buscema return to the pages of a ROM book.

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Black Knight coloring.

The Black Knight in Marvel has had a number of costumes; sadly, this one – which is by far my favorite – was probably the shortest lived (I love the helmet) – an artist posted his B&W drawing and I decided to color it (mind you, I am no expert – I just do it for fun – because it helps sooth my brain – which is in need of much soothing of late).

The Black Knight image
My very, unprofessional, just for fun, coloring of the Black Knight image

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Odin – 03/22/2004 to 04/09/2021.

If you know a little too much about me, you’ve probably heard me talk about my dog Odin. We adopted Odin 17 years ago – his birthday was just a few weeks ago. At 17 years of age, for a Husky, he’s had a very, very long life – and one that was extremely pampered (he’s been to more hotels than I can count on my hands and toes… and that is not an exaggeration). Amiee and I had to make the toughest call we’ve ever had to make – his health was declining, and he was struggling – so we paid to have someone come to our house, in the backyard, and with amazing tenderness and caring, eased Odin to his Forever Sleep.

At 3pm, Odin drifted to sleep for the final time, with Amiee and I at his side. He blessed us for 17 years; and he will always be here in our hearts. Fly with the Valkyries Odin – and find Abby, Emma, and all of those who now walk with you. We will always love you.
– Tawmis & Amiee

This is not the end. This only “Until we meet again.”
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X-Men Legends

X-Men Legends is a dream come true for me – at least the first two issues. Written by Fabian Nicieza – with art by Brett Booth and inks by Adelso Corona – the first two issues focus on none other than Adam-X.

X-Men Legends is essentially X-Stories that were planned, but never got told for whatever reason. And Fabian had set up this story of “Summers Brothers” (that everyone locked on as a “Third Summers Brother”). Well, Fabian left the books before he got to finish telling the story – and Adam-X, whom I really enjoyed – sat in a virtual limbo for years – before seeing the light again during the Dark Avengers (where he was used, but his dialogue was very much a parody of the 90s for which many call him the embodiment of – but that’s because he never got developed due to Fabian’s departure). He began appearing again during the Hickman era of the X-Books recently (don’t get me started… at least in Dark Avengers, I was thankful to see him – so far during the “Hickman Era” – his cameos in X-Factor are not my thing…) But… that said… going back to X-Men Legends…

Fabian finally gets to tell Adam’s story – and it’s all in continuity. Officially.

And the first issue is absolutely incredible.

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New DEFENDERS teased.

So Marvel is teasing a new Defenders title – what makes this interesting for me is who we see on those cards… Cloud, Hulk, Moon Dragon, Valkyrie, Beast, Hellstrom, Namor, Silver Surfer … and I am not sure who the red vulture person is. Red Raven?

I collected the original Defenders title when it was released – and enjoyed it for the most part, back in the day – but it really picked up for me with Defenders #124 and going forward – this is when Iceman, Beast and Angel join the team – and I feel like this was some of the best development this trio got (which is ironic, since it’s not in an X-Book) – but the team also had Gargoyle and Valkyrie in it – eventually Moon Dragon, and eventually Cloud. It was a very different book. It went away from the “not team team book” that the original Defenders had, but more of a “team book that’s a team but a very casual team” book. The book introduced some unique villains – and even introduced a character I enjoyed name Manslaughter. (I like characters that have different powers – his was a form of limited telepathy). I am admittedly curious about this book…

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“I Am Hexed” – Issue #4 – Kickstarter!

James Emmett reached out to let me know about their Kickstarter (and my lameness, forgot to rapidly get back!) – but hopefully I can make up for it, because their Kickstarter just went live, yesterday!

So what is I Am Hexed?

The wickedly anticipated final installment of the four part comic book series I Am Hexed — by writer/creator Kirsten Thompson and interior artist Amagoia Agirre, with a cover by Paulina Ganucheau, a variant cover by Jenn St-Onge and lettering by Taylor Esposito —is set to launch on Kickstarter February 16, 2021. The campaign will also have a plethora of extra rewards including prints by a variety of amazing artists, buttons, key chain and much more! 

I Am Hexed is a supernatural political thriller. There’s magic, mystery, personal drama, and an accidentally carnivorous plant.

Witches have been a part of the political fabric of Washington

D.C. since it was founded. It’s only since the 1960s that witches stood together and fought to take back the word “Hexed”. A movement was ignited when witches came out of the shadows and proudly showed off their broomsticks.

Now with the struggle for equality ongoing, Charlotte “Charlie” Helm, a junior staff member for Senator Royce, has been thrust into the murky and dangerous waters of political games between witches and their adversaries. Charlie goes on the run to find out who’s behind it with her ex-girlfriend Jaya and her friend Florence, who is a witch well versed in science-magic. 

The witch-hunt for Charlie, Jaya and Florence continues in the final issue as they find themselves on the run from malevolent forces both inside and outside the government. The three witches must harness their powers to defend themselves, while unraveling a mystery that could save the entire witching community.

If you have the coin – support the Coven – head over to the I Am Hexed Kickstarter and toss the Witches some coin!

  • Tawmis

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Comic Relief Podcast – Issue #38 – Collecting Bounty.

Is this another podcast in the month of December?

Tawmis, Amiee and Maico return for another podcast – again! What madness is this? One a few weeks ago, one a week ago, and another one? Yes. Yes. It’s true. This time we cover the last two episodes of The Mandalorian of Season 2.

It’s not a very long episode, so sit back and enjoy yourself.

You can stream it from the site, or just download it.

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Why Amiee Loves Dazzler?

Was talking to one of my D&D players, and how they’d listened to our latest podcast (shout out to Ben Abell) – and we discussed cartoons and Amiee’s lack of watching them – but I did say she was familiar with the X-Men and even played the Marvel RPG. This character sheet is OVER 20 years old because it predates me and her being married!

When you’re a super hero in a movie theater, and Sentinels show up, and you take cover in the crowd…
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Comic Relief Podcast – Issue #37 – Are You ‘Fett’ Up?

No. You’re not dreaming. It’s true. We went nearly a year without doing an episode – and now we’ve released one nearly back to back in less than a month. We discuss the latest episodes of The Mandalorian (up to an old character making their presence known – I will leave it at that!) We also cover some new releases in regards to what they released on Star Wars! Some new shows, movies, and animated series coming that we discuss and cover!

  • Rogue Squadron
  • An untitled Star Wars show by Taika Waititi
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi
  • Ahsoka
  • Rangers of the New Republic
  • Lando
  • Andor
  • The Acolyte
  • Star Wars: The Bad Batch
  • Star Wars: Visions
  • A Droid Story

So give us a listen! Share! Post it on your facebook, twitter, instagram, and whatever social media you cool kids use these days!

You can stream it below or download it here.

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