I couldn't have planned it better if I'd tried. All week, the SBG celebrated Apollo 11's historic landing on the moon the only way it knows how - with fluff pieces about the Moon and space travel in general. How fitting is it, then, that this week, Rom makes use of NASA? Indeed, the world's space agencies band together in a way they won't again until work starts on the International Space Station (this was 1985) to put a stop to the Dire Wraith threat once and for all.
And it wouldn't be possible without Forge's help. He built a Neutralizer the human race might use, but it doesn't work exactly the same as Rom's. Instead of throwing Wraiths down into Limbo, it simply neutralizes their magic, returning them and their pets back to their original shapes.
He still won't share it with the government, however, because it can be used against mutants and other super-humans. This makes Agent Gyrich really angry, but in any event, there's no way outfitting everyone with homebrewed neutralizers is going to help humanity stem the tide when "Worldmerge" is halfway here already. Thankfully, Forge thinks bigger and better. That's his mutant power.
Cut to Earth orbit and a fleet of the tiniest space shuttles you'll ever see:
The plan: Construct a giant Neutralizer lens that Rom can shoot his Neutralizer into and sweep all of Earth in a matter of minutes, sending every last stinking Wraith to Limbo in a single shot.
Can it be done? Not if the Wraiths have anything to say about it! Predictably, they've already turned a crew of astronauts into sludge and taken their places.
They're planning on sabotaging the weapon, of course, but Forge and Rom are onto them.
Thus starts an eldritch battle in outer space. The Wraiths deviate a small comet and make it chase Rom.
Meanwhile, they get medieval on Forge's ass.
Somehow, I think Earth-616's spacesuits are a little more resilient than ours, despite its cramped shuttles. Speaking of small, how 'bout that Canadian arm, eh?
Gyrich saves Forge (TWIST!) by using the atrophied shuttle arm like a tweezer. Meanwhile, Rom's led the comet on a merry chase before bringing it back to...
...the Wraiths' shuttle!
Are we finally poised to eradicate the alien presence from our world? Or will Wraithworld merge with Earth sooner than expected. The answer in seven days!