Long Roads to Ruin, Part 1

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ROM #11 main story
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We three Knights of Elonia are
"Long Roads to Ruin, Part 1"
Publisher IDW Publishing, Ted Adams
Published in ROM #11
First published June 7, 2017
Cover date May 2017
Written by Chris Ryall & Christos Gage
Colors by Alessandra Alexakis
Letters by Shawn Lee
Editor Carlos Guzman
Editorial assistant David Mariotte

Rom's war against the Wraiths takes a dark turn as he's forced to fight alone against both the returning, far more dangerous, Axiom, and a dual threat from the ocean depths...Scylla and Charybdis!


Hopefully this side of the table is doing better.
Well, we're certainly off to a fantastic start.

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Featured characters[edit]

(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Space Knights Dire Wraiths Humans
  • Ruan Sablik (4)
  • Wraith guards (6-8)
  • Wraith tourists (9-10)
  • Wraith cops (11-12)
  • Scylla and Charybdis (14-15)


"Good. You have been alone too long Rom. It's time you rediscovered the benefits of a partner. Now go..and leave me to my true business here."

Orphion, being all foreboding.


Continuity notes[edit]

  • Camilla was sent to the hospital in issue #7 to recover from Orphion expunging the Wraith presence from her body. But as he himself said in issue #6 he's unfamiliar with human biology and unclear if he got it all out. As this issue shows he purged the Wraith mind but not the Wraith powers.
  • Last issue, Ruan mentioned to Darby that the Wraiths had in their possession a device that could tell apart Wraiths from human taken from a fallen Space Knight. This issue reveals it to be the Analyzer (well, a severed hand with the Analyzer still attached) of a Knight.
  • Rom is glad to leave America so as to be away from the Cybertronians and G.I. Joe referencing his experiences with the two parties in Revolution and issue #7 respectively.
  • As established in issue# 7, it takes two Analyzers to do a full scan of a planet and determine the extent of the Wraith infection.

Real world references[edit]

  • Scylla and Charybdis are, of course, named after the famous monsters of The Odyssey. In the context of the story however, they seem to be the inspiration for the Greek myth.

Other notes[edit]

  • Scylla and Charybdis are unnamed in the issue. Their names come from the publicity blurb.
  • Despite being mentioned in the blurb, Axiom doesn't actually appear.