MacGyver Returns…Sort Of
By: Andrew Hines
I’m a huge MacGyver fan, born two years into the show’s amazing 7 year run. Part of why I’m such a fan is because Mac always struck me as being a sort of Batman without the cape and tights. He’s the everyman with a lot of know-how and more than a few aces up his rolled-up sleeves. I’ve been waiting for 20 years for anyone to do the series justice, though it never occurred to me to do it as a comic mini-series. Oh and I should mention, 20 imaginary points for anyone who can give me Mac’s name plus the season and episode it was first mentioned.
The two writers for this piece of literary history are longtime Doctor Who comics author, Tony Lee and a man who needs no introduction, Lee David Zlotoff, the creator of MacGyver way back in 1987. The writing is wonderful and starts off with the same narration as every episode in the television series. The dialogue is wonderful, the pacing fits and the recipes for “MacGyverisms” are pretty much exactly as they were in the series. Yeah, “MacGyverism,” it’s a real thing. The writing makes it feel just like the series I grew up watching.
The art from Will Sliney, who covers everything from pencils to the colors, isn’t bad. Well, mostly not bad. Ciaran Lucas’ cover captures Mac’s look well enough, but doesn’t get him looking close enough to Richard Dean Anderson as I’d like him to. That’s pretty much what’s wrong with Sliney’s work. They’ve got everything around him looking great, even the hair and the stubble, but the face just isn’t quite right. The effects look good, but they’re not the star of the show.
In all, this ranks as a “B+.” The script is fantastic and I can’t wait to see where it takes us, but without the art to fully help it along, it doesn’t live up to its full potential. If the face were “right”, it’d be an “A+,” 100%, out-of-the-park home-run. It’s a good book, but just not a great book.