Synopsis: It’s the 1970s. Things are going great. Steve Austen (used to be an astronaut, now has robo-parts & a laser eye) heads to Japan to help Secret Agent Niko Abe stop a madman with missiles. Steve figures, no sweat. But then…sweat. How’s Steve going to complete his mission, when his fancy $6,000,000 body starts. DRASTICALLY) depreciating in value!?
Review: Dynamite launch another story arc of The Six Million Dollar Man with a story that is likely set shortly after the events seen in the original television pilot movie.
Secret Agent Niko Abe has found evidence of a missile on an island, which is owned by a Japanese corporate mogul. When she contacts the authorities in the USA. They send her Steve Austin who is fresh from having been made bionic and he’s eager to please. The trouble is he has no experience in covert operations so is relying heavily on Niko’s experience.
David Hahn’s artwork puts me in mind of what ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’ may have looked like if it was a Saturday Morning Cartoon. The line work is nicely done and Steve seems to be a little slimmer and less bulky than I remember him being on the TV show or in previous incarnations of the comic, but essentially it looks like a younger more youthful Lee Majors.
The artwork when we get to the missile silo and the decor surrounding it as well as the samurai warriors really gave me the feel of an actual episode of Six Million Dollar Man.
Christopher Hasting’s take on Steve Austin is interesting in that he seems very much out of his element as a spy and if anything he comes across as the worst spy ever. In the first few pages, he’s giving agent Niko his life story and tells her straight out about his bionics and not in a very serious way either. This is something we never saw happen on the TV show, but that said by the time the TV show got to series it was always assumed that Steve had been operating for a while as an OSI agent.
One of the things this story sets out to do is to show us what happens when Steves Bionics get seriously damaged. By the close of this first issue. We see that happen, which has me wondering what will happen next. Especially given how this opener ends.
Overall. A strong start, which takes Steve Austin in a slightly different direction than we have seen in previous comics and indeed the TV series itself.