So, Hermes Press has just collected their Buck Rogers
miniseries by Howard Chaykin
. I didn't read the individual comics, but I pre-ordered it in trade, and expect it to arrive in a week or so. I don't always like Chaykin's comics, but when I do, I tend to like them a lot. In the 80s, I adored American Flagg
, and the writer/artist is responsible for creating one of my all-time favorite comics characters - Atlas Comics' The Scorpion
. I also dug his 80s Shadow
miniseries (and will probably pick up his recent return to the character eventually), among many other titles.
I've read online that this version of Buck Rogers
hews more closely to the original Philip Francis Nowlan
pulp novellas, Armageddon 2419 A.D.
and The Airlords Of Han
.... and I think that's a great approach. Hey, I love the 70s TV series as much as anyone (and more than most), but it's about time to get back to the character's roots.
Here are Chaykin's covers for the four issue miniseries.