Synopsis: Join Steve Austin on a scenic train tour of Germany’s cities, countryside and mountains—at 100mph while battling agents of OSI! WE know Steve’s no traitor, but they don’t, and the stakes are more than just life and death—Steve’s very humanity is hanging in the balance!
Review: Steve’s battle atop the train with the Seven Million Dollar Man Barney Miller kicks off and does so big time.
To recap Steve has come across some documentation, which indicates that OSI have plans to build an Bionic Army and has gone rogue. With OSI hot on his heels along with Barney Steve has the difficult task of battling against old friends until he can get to the bottom of a conspiracy at the heart of the organisation.
This issue picks up the action from issue two and sees Steve having to fight the psychologically unstable, but mostly cybernetic Barney Miller. Steve has help and the battle that ensues is breathtaking and takes up the whole issue.
The story, which is penned by Van Jenson is really cool and very true to the classic television series. Although we did not have a Russian freak show of part man and part octopus chasing after Steve in the series, but that alone illustrates the difference between television and comics.
Narratively the story is pretty sound and whats more Jenson has captured the voice of the characters really well. I’d love to see more of the dynamic friendship between Oscar Goldman and Steve, which we glimpsed in the first issue, but other than that. I’m really happy with the story thus far.
The art by Ron Salas is phenomenal. He has taken a few liberties when it comes to character likenesses, but as far as far as his interpretation of the action goes. It’s spot on. The details of the countryside and the train are not neglected either.
All in all this reads like a glossier high budget episode of ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’. It is great as both an entertaining comic and a piece of 70s nostalgia. Great work! More please.
You can order your own copy of this issue at Dynamite Comics.