If there’s one thing to say about The Six Million Dollar Man: Season 6 #5 is that, like the rest of the series, it doesn’t do things quietly. This issue certainly has a lot going on, but does it stretch itself out too thin as a result?
First, the official description from Dynamite:
The world is falling apart around Steve Austin. Maskatron is out of control and appears to be unstoppable. Oscar Goldman’s carefully crafted OSI kingdom is in shambles. And with his bionics failing and the entire NASA program transformed into an alien landscape, the Six Million Dollar Man could be heading for the scrapheap. The key to Steve’s survival may rest with the one person closest to him, Jaime Sommers, the Bionic Woman! Join the ranks of bionic fans in this official continuation of the classic Six Million Dollar Man television series!
In Season 6 #5, we can start to see some of the plot lines merge together, if only through a sheer sense of convenience than any grand master plan. We still have rogue robots, more robots, bionic men, aliens and, of course, lots of men in suits talking unhappily. While this all sounds good on paper, the end result makes the finished product feel a little choppy, constantly cutting between here and there to make sure every base is covered within a single issue.
This isn’t to say the writing is bad, as it’s not. Jim Kuhoric is a good writer and his dialogue often gives way to a great understanding of character. The poor plot line, however, has not been as big a pay off as perhaps intended. Splitting the action up into too many segments makes it difficult to follower and I certainly felt the need to back-track during a first read through of this title.
Visually, however, there isn’t much to say. Six Million Dollar Man, Season 6 has had some good artists and the same quality visuals are still available. Juan Antonio Ramirez takes the effort to portray people well in this issue – which is good, since it features plenty of dialogue and lots of close-up faces. Fran Gamboa’s colors do a great job at keeping the comic visually pretty, although this doesn’t work well during the deeper moments of the title (which rarely happen, but still).
All in all, fans will definitely stay interested but newer readers may not appreciate being dragged deeper into the rabbits maze. Sometimes adding new things for the sake of it just isn’t the way to go.