Friday, March 27, 2015

Booknote: The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 6

James Kuhoric, The Six Million Dollar Man, Season 6. Mt. Laurel, NJ; Dynamite Entertainment, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-60690-607-1.

Genre: graphic novels and comics
Subgenre: television shows, science fiction, cyborgs
Format: e-book
Source: Netgalley

This is definitely a nostalgia piece for those like me who watched the 1970s adventures of Steve Austin, Air Force colonel, astronaut, who after a gruesome accident is given a new life by OSI as a bionic man. The author and artists really strive to capture the feel and look of the television show, including the bionic sound effects. But it is not just a nostalgia piece. It is also a very good adventure comic. Plus, it is accessible enough that new readers can discover Colonel Austin's adventures.

In this volume, Steve faces various challenges. A rogue faction inside OSI is making a power play with robotics; they are trying to push a fully robotic secret agent, one that the faction thinks will be fully obedient (because apparently Steve Austin is too much a maverick for some people). In addition, an alien menace from space is unleashed, and if that was not enough, Steve is also sent on a mission to infiltrate a Soviet base to get information on a new weapon. There is a lot going on, but the stories move along with a fast pace and plenty of action. The comic brings in action and intrigue, and it really keeps you reading.

Overall, this was a fun comic to read, and it was a nice addition to the television series continuity (by the way, this sixth season is made for the comic as a follow up to the show). If you watched the television show, you really should take a look at this. If you are new to the series, this is a pretty good entry point. I say it's a good choice for public libraries with graphic novel collections. Academic libraries with recreational reading and graphic novel collections could consider it too. I'd consider it for our library here.

I really liked it, so I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars.

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This comic qualifies for the following 2015 Reading Challenges:

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