Battle Scars, Part 2

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ROM #12 backup story
"Tales of the Solstar Order
Battle Scars, Part Two"
Publisher IDW Publishing, Ted Adams
Published in ROM #12
First published August 16, 2017
Cover date June 2017
Written by Chris Ryall & Christos Gage
Pencils by Guy Dorian, Sr.
Inks by Sal Buscema
Colors by Alessandra Alexakis
Letters by Shawn Lee
Editor Carlos Guzman
Editorial assistant David Mariotte

Rom and Fy-Laa have a debate.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

Rom and Fy-Laa take flight before realizing that, as unusual as Verdulun-5 is, it does not appear to pose a threat. The planet's hive mind explains the reason for the Dire Wraith signature. Years ago, a cadre of Wraith Sorcerers made planetfall on Verdulun-5 seeking to terraform the planet only for the world to spawn tendrils and absorb them assimilating not only their powers but their intelligence, accelerating Verdulun-5's evolution while removing the Sorcerers' aggressive attitude. Fy-Laa is overjoyed by this discovery thinking the two have found a way to peacefully end their long war against the Wraiths.

Rom disagrees. Their mission is to prevent the spread of Wraith influence (up to and including Wraith DNA) and if they arrive to late to prevent a Wraith incursion, then there is only one path available to them: Verdulun-5 must be destroyed. Fy-Laa protest and asks for a chance to prove Verdulun-5 is not a threat saying that they're fine. His words however give Rom pause, specifically his usage of the pronoun "we". Fy-Laa has been assimilated into the uni-mind.

Featured characters[edit | edit source]

Characters in italic text appear only in flashbacks.
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)

Notes[edit | edit source]

Continuity notes[edit | edit source]

  • Issue #7 established the protocol of destroying a planet when the Wraith infection is too large. The same protocol is revealed to also allow for the destruction of the planet if the Knights arrive too late to stop the spread of the Wraiths. Considering how Rom has no compunction about carrying out the directive in this story, something is bound to happen to make him reject it when he arrives on Earth.

Other notes[edit | edit source]

  • A Dire Wraith spaceship appears for the first time. Unusually compared to all other Wraith technology seen thus far, it appears inorganic in composition.