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Posted by: Byron Brewer

Advanced Review: Six Million Dollar Man: Season Six #1

Writer: 
Jim Kuhoric
Art: 
Juan Antonio Ramirez
Colors: 
Fran Gamboa
Letterer: 
Joshua Cozine
Cover: 
Alex Ross
Publisher: 
Dynamite Entertainment
Price: 
$3.99
Release Date: 
March 12, 2014

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Boy, I will say one thing about writer Jim Kuhoric: he starts Six Million Dollar Man: Season Six #1 like it was being shown on television and like it was, well, the sixth season we never got on TV.

No elaborate origin story here, no flashbacks of smothering length to Steve’s accident. The action just starts out in space (I like that!) hot and heavy and suddenly Colonel Austin is combating evil and sharks. Yep, sharks!

And amid all the trappings: the cheesy sound effects, the period clothes (I think I still have some), even Steve underwater in a turtleneck. Cool!

The characters have their same voices as the series, which I have been watching in anticipation of this book. Oscar is especially done, but Kuhoric is spot-on on the others. A truly magnificent job on something writers usually do not like to do. So well done on this unique creative exercise.

Equally the art. Drawing live people with high expectations is not easy, especially when you have to carry out the script writer’s wishes and fan expectations. But Juan Antonio Ramirez does a wonderful job of portraying these familiar, beloved characters with all their particular nuances – not easy – and adds a facial expression or level of character of his own that actually enhances the transferral of the character from TV screen to comic book page.

Thus far, Season Six is exactly what it should have been. We are just getting to enjoy it decades later. 

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