10:15am PT by Graeme McMillan
'Six Million Dollar Man' Revived as Comic Book
Everyone knows that we had the technology to rebuild astronaut Steve Austin, but what happens when that technology starts breaking down? That’s the question at the heart of a new comic book relaunch of The Six Million Dollar Man, launching next year from Dynamite Entertainment.
Written by Christopher Hastings with art by David Hahn, the new series sees Steve Austin sent on a mission to Japan, where he has to team up with secret agent Niko Abe on a mission that might be his last, when his cybernetic enhancements start malfunctioning just as the KGB and a bunch of samurai show up.
Amusingly, the announcement for the series notes that $6 million, adjusted for inflation, could be $23 million today; it also suggests that, when his tech starts breaking down, “any minute now he may be the Six Thousand Dollar Man.” Clearly, this isn’t going to be a revival unaware of the potential comedy inside the concept.
“I know comics is the business of fun, but man, I had a lot of fun writing this book,” writer Hastings (Marvel’s Unbelievable Gwenpool) said in a statement about the series. “I do little dances in my chair when David Hahn's artwork comes in (which is then accompanied by the terrible sense of responsibility of writing words that are good enough to be seen next to it).”
Hahn added, “I was not only excited to be working on the Six Million Dollar Man but was doubly thrilled that our story takes place in Steve Austin's original TV era of the mid-'70s. That was a time when aesthetics regarding technology were simultaneously clunky and sleek, just like our version of Steve Austin.”
The series will debut in March.
On the big screen, Warner Bros. has been trying to get a film adaptation with Mark Wahlberg off the ground.