The only things I can tell you about ROM are -
- He was a character available as part of Palitoy's Action Man Space Ranger series of toys - so has something in common with one of the other properties.
- James Gunn has mentioned him as being part of Marvel's Universe of comics from the 80's and that he want's him in Guardians of the Galaxy. This would make more sense than him being as part of the M.A.S.K. universe.
No disrespect to G.I. Joe, but I'd prefer M.A.S.K. to be completely separate from this universe - but then, I'd prefer all of the properties to be separate from each other as they are great as they are.
It also mentions that he is "Former Leader of M.A.S.K." which doesn't make any sense, as for the moment he IS the leader of M.A.S.K. I think IDW are a bit premature in this bio and will also ruin the M.A.S.K./V.E.N.O.M. story line surprise for new readers of this comic series before V.E.N.O.M. has even been formed.
Again, little respect for the property.
Hasbro have already bastardised M.A.S.K. twice - the first time with Vor-Tech. This isn't something I'm overly familiar with, but on the Wiki Page for Vor-Tech, it states -
"In their battle with the Bio Mechs, VOR-tech agents use special computer systems with VOR-technology that imbue them and their vehicles with special powers."
In Mayhem's Bio, it talks about technopathy that allows the characters to interface with technology. Sounds like they are incorporating parts of Vor-Tech into M.A.S.K. Which kind of begs the question, why not just have Vor-Tech as part of this Revolution series instead? That way, M.A.S.K. could've had it's own independent comic that has no relation to any of the properties.
It also states the this technopathy is restricted to the first mask that the user bonds with. So does this mean one of two things -
- That each character will only ever have one Mask?
- That characters CAN have more than one Mask but the technopathy is different allowing for the various features that each individual mask has from the original M.A.S.K.?
Brandon is even afraid to use the term Masks - without calling them helmets first. If it's called M.A.S.K., then just call it a Mask - simple.
What do I expect to see in future issues?
- We already have a strong African American character in the form of Hondo MacLean. Why not make the story centre around him if we want a diverse comic?
- Matt has gone from being a rich white guy to an African American who gets into trouble at a young age - the usual stereotype and in this climate of #blacklivesmatter, I find it disrespectful.
That was until I saw a post from Agents of M.A.S.K..