Bionic Woman #4 Review


A few issues in, and Bionic Woman looks to be a decent series. Unfortunately, as Bionic Woman #4 shows, it sometimes tries to hard to push itself in a given direction.

The official description from Dynamite:

Jaime moves ever closer to uncovering the masterminds behind the Mission, but finds out why it’s ill-mannered to mix missile launchers and yachts, and flamethrowers with anything. Plus, a certain Bionic Man enters the chaos, but which side is he fighting for, and what secret does he tell the Bionic Woman?

This issue opens up good enough, continuing smoothly from the last issue. These are the kind of scenes I like about Bionic Woman #4. It shows Jaime, the titular bionically enhanced woman, as someone dangerous and deadly without playing up her gender. Shes lithe, agile and very powerful.

That said, the idea of the ‘bad guys’ being after her for her bionics is stretched at best. They want to hurt her and capture her, without damaging her bionics. Which, to be frank, cover most of her body. You can’t have your cake and eat it too, which leads to some shoddy dialogue and fight sequences. How do you fight someone if you don’t physically want to harm or hurt them?

Following on from this, the title does its best to make its mark as an edgy and urban title. Last issue saw a boat party, this issue sees the pair enter various clubs. It seems that every problem is solvable in Bionic Woman by being female. Compared to the opening pages, this lacks luster.

Furthermore, this issue also see’s a cameo from Steve Austin of The Bionic Man. I would say this is a spoiler, but its right there in the description. Its also rather bland. Nothing really happens, and the exposition, if it can be called that, simply reminds the reader what they already know before using the interaction as an obvious plot device.

Much weirder than that, however, is the art work. I can tell its meant to be Steve Austin, but it doesn’t always look like him. Whether the hairs far too blond, or the simple fact that his face is different, something is putting me off visually accepting this as Steve Austin. Maybe its the different art directions between Bionic Woman and Bionic Man, but it shows a lack of cohesion.

In short, despite its minor faults, Bionic Woman #4 is still a worthy read. It can be a little tedious at times, but it does its best to try and have a unique style.

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