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Buckaroo Banzai Big-Size #1

Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2009
By: Ray Tate

Mac Rauch, W.D. Richter
Paul Hanley, Renato Guerra (c)
Moonstone Books
The latest adventure of Buckaroo Banzai is a worthy addition to the mythical epics experienced by him and the Hong Kong Cavaliers. The story starts in a remote area where wild asses are being hunted. Wild asses are poached for their meat, but the species is protected. Buck is naturally interested in stopping the slaughter.

Buckaroo appears not to be in this story, but rest assured his presence is felt. Perfect Tommy, Buck's right hand man, devours the lion's share of the tale. Reno plays his straight man and compadre, and the antagonist is an old rival with curious ties to the World Crime League.

The dialogue incorporates the tones of the cast from Buckaroo Banzai and facilitates the characterization of new Cavalier Pecos. The art by Paul Hanley and Renato Guerra draws upon likenesses of the actors and infuses action to sword fights, rises of "Mongol" hordes. It imbues charm to the usually ornery animals in danger and it compliments the lighter-toned scripting with humorous visuals. The muted colors by Renato Guerra mirror the night time scenes as well as the occasional odd lighting around secret bases.

Buckaroo Banzai is a double-sized no-ad fully colored comic book that's worth the slightly raised asking price. The adventure centers on a real life practice rather than retreading Lectroid or Hanoi Xan territory. The guile of Buckaroo directs the adventure even when he's not seen and this is the kind of intellect you would expect to find from a modern Doc Savage.



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