The Bionic Man #5

Writer: Phil Hester, Kevin Smith Artist: Jonathan Lau Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment Release Date: April 4, 2012 Critic Reviews: 2
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Think you know Steve Austin? Let this issue of Kevin Smith's innovative take on the classic character show you The Bionic Man with a whole new set of powers and abilities, not to mention enemies. Steve Austin's first mission as an agent of OSI gets off to a rocky start when he is confronted by the maniacal cyborg Hull-- a madman with bionic power equal to his own!

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Dec 23, 2011

    Smith pitched this script and plot to H'wood executives way back in 1996, and though he does have a core audience, I understand why many suits would pass on anything with his name on it. That's why Hollywood is in the shape it is these days - granted, I'm not a big fan of cheap remakes, and hustling stuff from forty years ago and trying to pass it off to the next generation, but in this case, I think an exception could be made. The story doesn't pander to hard core fans, and it doesn't try to bring the funny-ha-ha and spoof the source material. This is an action adventure story of a man becoming more than a man and doing what is right. Hester and Smith deliver on the story, and Lau makes it visually interesting. The Bionic Man #5 from Dynamite Entertainment is another great installment and earns 4 out of 5 Stars. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    A Comic Book Blog - Jamie Insalaco Apr 4, 2012

    As has been the problem with this book from the beginning, there just isn't enough room in a comic to get these scenes completed in a satisfying way. I'm all for cliff hangers, but it did seem like it was finally Austin's turn to do some damage, for us to get to enjoy some crazy bionic action, but as soon as it starts, it stops – but at least it finally started. Austin's bionic powers are pretty awesome and unpredictable – I can't wait to see what else he can do. Jonathan Lau's art continues to rock, and while I like what Kevin Smith is doing here, I still recommend that if you haven't been reading this, just wait for the graphic novel so you don't have to get hung up. Steve Austin always looks older on the covers than he does in the interior art, which would annoy me more if the covers weren't so awesome. Read Full Review

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