Daily Archives: April 27, 2009

The Buck Starts Here

Buck Rogers #0
Writer: Scott Beatty
Artist: Carlos Rafael
Colors: Carlos Lopez
Letters: Simon Bowland
Cover artist: John Cassaday
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Price: 25 cents

Dynamite Entertainment adds to its lineup of well-known, even classic genre-fiction characters with this latest foray into science-fiction comics. While hardly obscure, it’s safe to say that Buck Rogers is a character with which much of the publisher’s audience might not be familiar. After all, the last major pop-culture endeavor revolving around the title character was the Gil Gerard television of the late 1970s/early ’80s, as far as I know. He certainly doesn’t have the cachet of such characters as the Lone Ranger and Zorro, so one could argue that Dynamite might face a bit of an uphill battle in its bid to develop an audience for this title. Releasing a prologue issue for only 25 cents is a solid strategy in that battle, one the publisher has employed in the past. With super-hero scribe Scott Beatty at the helm of this book, it’s off to a solid start, with some slick sci-fi writing and even more polished artwork to draw one into the weird adventure. Beatty and artist Carlos Rafael achieve a nice balance between modern storytelling and elements more in keeping with Buck’s roots as pulp action-adventure hero.

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