It feels, at times, as if he's trying to direct this like a Michael Bay flick. Ivan Nunes' colors work well with the action, but the still scenes don't seem to know what to do. Backgrounds inexplicably hold mood shading without it being contextual and the result gives this film a very hollow set. This opening is not strong; It's overwritten for a lot of scenes where not a lot happens. Characterization isn't developed; we get more of Smith on the page than we do these men and women.
By the end of the first issue you should not be just getting to the part everyone knows about already. The most unnerving aspect of the bionic man, though, is his prosthetic face. It's an uncanny replica of Meyer's face. In fact, when Meyer first saw it, he hated it, describing it on the show as "awkward. The bionic man successfully simulates about two-thirds of the human body.
How does this Steve Austin differ from the original, and how have you and the creative team adapted him for a modern audience? Colonel Steve Austin is an accomplished, if irreverent, test pilot on the verge of retirement when fate deals him the blow that will make him the Bionic Man. He has the original character's wry sense of humor and loyalty to country, but we're going to get into his head a bit more and really detail the anguish and soul-searching that might go into having most of your body replaced by artificial parts.
Also, this is a comic book. Being able to lift the tail end of a car or punch down a door doesn't go very far here. Steve's feats, though more realistic than an average superhero, will be more spectacular than what we saw on television decades ago. To that end, Alex Ross designed a look for Austin that, on the surface, harkens back to the '70s, but actually establishes a bold new take on the physical aspects of the Bionic Man.
We're not just recapping his origin, but telling it from square one and following it all the way through the prosthetic replacement process and into his rookie adventures as an OSI agent. There's a lot of drama there that the show didn't have time for that I hope we'll explore in a more satisfying way. We see not only Austin's body break down, but his identity.
Bionic Commando Rearmed borrows its plot largely from the Nintendo Entertainment System version of the game. In keeping with the North American release of that version, the references to the Nazi party found in the original Japanese title are not featured in Rearmed. However, as is the case in the original, the final boss of the game still clearly resembles Adolf Hitler, and is referred to as "The Leader".
Rearmed centers around two warring factions: the Federation and the Empire. It begins with the Imperial forces discovering classified documents regarding the development of a secret weapon known as the Albatros project, originally started by an organization known as the Badds, but never completed. Killt, Generalissimo of the Empire's forces, decides to complete the project himself. When the Federation learns of the Empire's plot, they send in their national hero, Super Joe to infiltrate the Empire.
All bionics are powered by nuclear power generators that provide the user's bionic parts limitless endurance and stamina, while Steve's heart and lungs need only to provide for his torso, head and remaining arm, increasing the capacity of the remaining organics. The implants have a major flaw: extreme cold interferes with their functions and can disable them given sufficient exposure.
However, when Austin returns to a warmer temperature, the implants soon regain full functionality. This weakness is shared by Jaime Sommers, and other bionic persons. Bionic hardware has another flaw; as seen when Steve's legs were destroyed, it leads to harmful radiation leaks throughout his body.
Austin's bionics in the novel have some additional capabilities, not seen in the show. A finger on his bionic hand is capable of firing projectiles specifically poison darts. Storage compartments in the legs allow him to carry concealed items, such as an oxygen tank and breathing mask. Austin's eye was originally depicted as simply a camera which had to be physically removed after use and Austin remained blind in the eye; later, he gained the ability to shoot a laser from the eye this ability is also demonstrated in the first issue of the Six Million Dollar Man comic book issued by Charlton Comics.
A radio transceiver can be equipped in one leg, and his partially metallic rib cage can be used as an antenna. A good portion of Austin's skull has also been replaced with metal. Although not utilized in the TV series, many of these extra features, especially the poison dart gun and metal skull replacement, are featured in several of the novels adapting Six Million Dollar Man episodes, especially those by Mike Jahn.
The Charlton Comics Six Million Dollar Man magazine included several stories that incorporated some of these extra features, too, such as the radio transceiver in Austin's leg. In the epilogue of the novel "The Secret of Bigfoot Pass", the aliens attempt to erase Austin's memory of his encounter with them, but while this is successful in the televised episode requiring Austin's memories to be restored in the later sequel episode , the novelization ends with Austin telling the aliens that the steel plate used to replace his skull per Caidin's version of the character renders such memory-erasing efforts useless.
In the reunion movies, the capabilities of Austin's bionic hardware seemed to have been increased: With his right arm, he could flip an entire car, and he seemed to be able to jump higher; the heights he could reach by that means appeared to be at least double those of the television show. In addition, it was also shown that the colonel could now run faster as well. His eye was also apparently upgraded, as it had new and improved functions, but how or why Steve had all these upgrades of all his bionic hardware prostheses is unknown.
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