Kevin Smith brings us a modern take on The Six Million Dollar Man in Dynamite Entertainment's The Bionic Man #1
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The Bionic Man #1
Script: Kevin Smith with Phil Hester
Pencils: Jonathan Lau
Colors: Ivan Nunes
$3.99 - Dynamite Entertainment
My formative years growing up were just past the time that 'The Six Million Dollar Man' was a hit on TV. I've seen my fair share of episodes, but I was very young when I saw most of them. I know who Steve Austin is, and I can still hear the "Na-na-na-na-na-na" when he uses his abilities. With that said, I had some idea of the base concept going in to review The Bionic Man #1.
I've always been a huge Kevin Smith fan - both in comics and film - and I was excited to read his take on Mr. Austin's adventures. Smith starts his story with the typical origin of the hero. We are introduced to our main character, plus a handful of supporting characters (none of whom I know and/or remember). Honestly, I don't know who is from The Six Million Dollar Man's lore, and who Kevin Smith created. I'm not a fan of the mysterious cyber-ninja we see, but it's obvious Smith is going somewhere with him.
We are also shown Steve Austin as a fun, loving, and charismatic man. A test pilot for the military, Austin pushes the limits to get the job done and it's this attitude that obviously gets him into his 'deadly' situation.
The artwork by Jonathan Lau is solid, and his storytelling is smooth and easy to follow (the opening sandwich scene being a good example). Details like facial expressions make following the story that much easier (again, see sandwich
scene). Although Lau's "style" doesn't perfectly fit my tastes, there is nothing wrong with it and it suits the story nicely. The colors and gradients by Ivan Nunes compliment Lau's art as well.
My only complaint about the start of this series is that I was hoping to see Steve Austin's story go a few pages further in issue #1. Instead of knowing that Steve is going to crash, I wanted to see the crash - or better yet, see him become The Bionic Man. Smith leaves us with a cliff-hanger, so we have to buy the next issue to get the payoffs.
GRADE: 7 of 10
Review by: Comic_Doctor