In Review: MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet Issue 4



Since this is the penultimate issue of Image Comics MacGyver Mini series. I figured it would be as good a time as any to revisit it with a review.

The story started several issues back when a hit was put out on MacGyver for six million dollars, which would diminish by one million dollars for every day that Mac was able to outsmart his would be assassins, but while all this is going on MacGyver aided for a former Russian agent turned assistant lab technician are in a fight for their lives while trying to protect a scientists friends work from the profiteering hands of the very man that put the hit out on MacGyver in the first place.

Having entered Russia in the last issue Mac and Kari our captured and taken to the Chinese Embassy with Kari’s brother Pasha who is secretly working for the profiteering villain Moscone.

In this fourth issue of the five issue series MacGyver and Pasha plan a daring escape and Mac manages to obtain a cell phone from one of his captures by feigning unconsciousness, but hits on a snag when there is to little charge on the cell for Pasha to be able to hack it. This leads to a rather ingenious sequence in which Mac shows use how to charge a phone just using items that are in the room with him. But the MacGyverisms do not end there.

During their escape from the Embassy Mac manages to cook up some smoke bombs using Ping Pong balls, a foil bag and a microwave and then proceeds to make tear gas some vinegar, baking soda and a strong vodka and chilli powder.

But all of that isn’t enough to help Mac and Kari make there escape because they our intercepted by Moscone, who wants Mac to hand over the scientific formula that his dead scientist friend had created, which can stop world hunger. But seeming Moscone is out of luck.

Basically this mini series is one long romp that is easily as good as any given episode of the series. In fact three MacGyverisms in a single issue probably makes this the most fun issue of the comic to date.

Throughout all the issues the story has been consistently building and after having read this penultimate issue I find myself looking forward to next months finale, but also kind of saddened as well because as a long standing fan of MacGyver I want this to become an ongoing comic, which in and of itself would be fun because I’d love to see some more adventures of MacGyver joined by characters such as Jack Dalton and Penny Parker and of course Peter Thornton and perhaps even a return of Murdock.

The art throughout this issue was fantastic and I really did enjoy the level of detail and attention paid to the MacGyverism involving the cell phone.

All in all this is fantastic fun and well worth the read.

And topping it all off is Lee David Zlotoff’s blog entry at the close of each issue in which he talks about how he created MacGyver. This issue focuses on his epic meeting with Henry Winkler.

Score 5/5


Written By: Ian Cullen

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Ian Cullen is the owner of A wannabe musician. Ian is a legend in his own mind and when not working on the website host the hugely successful SFP-NOW Podcast he can be found skulking around empty corridors. A longtime fan of genre television and movies Ian was also a producer on the Reality On Demand web-series and has even been published in the official Star Trek Magazine.


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