Comic Review: The Six Million Dollar Man #1 (Dynamite)

Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man! Issue 1 of this new title is here this week from Dynamite Comics! Stronger! Faster! It’s (still) 1974 in Six Million Dollar Man […]

Steve Austin, the Six Million Dollar Man! Issue 1 of this new title is here this week from Dynamite Comics! Stronger! Faster!

It’s (still) 1974 in Six Million Dollar Man issue one. Once we get past Michael Walsh’s strangely static cover, we are off to the races. The arms race to be precise. Steve drops in by helicopter to help out a foreign agent, Niko Abe. She has uncovered a covert operation in Japan. A madman has missiles! But don’t worry, good old Steve Austin, a former astronaut, has been rebuilt after suffering severe injuries; he has a bionic eye, leg, and arm. Is it enough?

Steve comes across as ‘much too much’ to Niko, which makes for a fun and lively script. Okay, sometimes Christopher Hastings lays the dialogue a little too thick. Steve is a bit of a chatterbox. But Niko serves her role well as the female foreign agent; his opposite. There are some greatly amusing and dramatic moments in this comic.

I love the artwork! David Hahn, of Batman ’66 and Bombshells Unlimited, has a strong sense of visual drama and composition. It starts off right on page two, when Steve’s chopper arrival is a bit overwhelming, blowing Niko around the landing strip and drowning out her dialogue. The figures and layouts are excellent. The book’s visuals help ‘sell’ the idea that the story occurs in 1974, not today. It just feels right for this book. Likewise, Roshan Kurichiyanil’s colouring is a great fit. Mood enhancing, but still in service to the story.

Recommended for a fun read!

Dynamite, Six Million Dollar Man #1, $3.99 for 22 pages of content, rated Teen +

Alan Spinney

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After a career of graphic design, art direction and copywriting, I still have a passion for words and pictures. I love it when a comic book comes together; the story is tight, and the drawings lead me forward. Art with words... the toughest storytelling technique to get right. Was this comic book worth your money? Let's see!!