Let me preface this review by letting you know that I am not a fan of the recent trend of updating, rebooting, or just generally screwing around with TV shows I used to watch as a kid. I avoided Starsky and Hutch, Charlie’s Angels, Inspector Gadget, The A-Team, and their ilk.
That being said, I was pretty excited when I received the first issue of the new Six Million Dollar Man to review. I may be a little biased towards this comic, as I was a big fan of Mr. Austin back in the day.
Dynamite’s new run featuring everyone’s favorite astronaut turned bionic enhanced super-spy adds some things which were not present in the original television series. The most prominent of these is the voice which Austin “hears.” It is not made clear exactly who or what this voice is, but we do know that Steve doesn’t know and he’s trying to keep it a secret. This also leads to one of my favorite running gags in the issue. The voice swears occasionally, but rather than alter the swear words in the traditional comic book fashion, the words are replaced by a string of binary code.
The plot of the first issue centers around Austin finding out something fairly spoilerish. All we’ll say here is that it involves the cybernetics program and it call into question who is good and who…not so much. The book moves at a nice pace, leaving the reader with a cliffhanger guaranteed to force the purchase of the next issue. The artwork is good, the characters more than resemble the actors who played them on the television show.
Is The Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man something to add to your pick list? The jury is still out. However, I would definitely pick up the next issue to see how the story progresses.