Buck Rogers 2 (October 2013)

1556495For the most part, it’s a strong issue. Chaykin’s gleefully overboard with this idea of Rogers as a twenties American socialist awoken around a bunch of closed-minded future “Americans.” He loves it and it’s impossible not to get wrapped up in his enthusiasm.

Chaykin’s also downright hostile towards Wilma Deering. Buck lays it all out for her–how she and the other gangs are just playing military–and Chaykin sets up Wilma’s as both an accomplished warrior and the butt of Buck’s jokes. The way Chaykin gets in the gender equality, without ever drawing attention to it (save Buck realizing he’s biased), is nice.

Sadly, there are some art issues. There’s a whole action sequence Chaykin tells from a long shot without ever doing enough establishing, either in the narrative or the art. But that sequence comes relatively early on.

It’s a strange, fun, thoughtful comic. Chaykin’s doing well.

CREDITS

Writer and artist, Howard Chaykin; colorist, Jesus Aburto; letterer, Ken Bruzenak; publisher, Hermes Press.

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