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Buckaroo Banzai: Return Of The Screw [Paperback]

By Earl Mac Rauch, Stephen Thompson (Illustrator), Keith Williams (Illustrator) & Ken Wolak (Illustrator)
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Everyone's favorite adventurer/surgeon/rock star is back again just in time to save the world! Along with his Hong Kong Cavaliers, Banzai must battle more than one surprise arch enemy, each with their own motives, but all acting in concert to bring Banzai (and the universe as we know it) to his knees! All this sandwiched between a couple of great rock and roll guitar solos, a few surgical procedures, a crazy gun battle on land and air, Buck's one chance for the ultimate revenge, his soul in turmoil, all the chicks digging him, engineering synchronicity, pretty toilets, a human pickle and a giant sombrero! It just doesn't get more fun than this!

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Pages   120
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6.5" Height: 10"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 29, 2007
Publisher   Moonstone
ISBN  1933076267  
ISBN13  9781933076263  

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now i won't bother getting it -   Aug 2, 2008
i Was going to spend $ on this, thinking OH WOW they DID a sequel - but on reading the reviews already done, and seeing how they just re-did the first, and added a couple things -i'll just save my $$ and wait to see it on the tube, - whenever. - Thanks for the heads up guys!
Ditto Curtis G  Apr 16, 2008
I was going to write a review, but Curtis G captured all my thoughts (except I never lost my copy of the movie book). I also enjoyed the bonus material, but I still don't understand why there is so little material from this well known cult movie. How much can it cost to produce a series of comic books?

Enjoyable for the fan, but would have preferred exploring an adventure that seemed less derivative.
Not what I expected  Jan 27, 2008
I saw The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the Eighth Dimension in 1984 and loved it. Shortly thereafter, I purchased Earl Mac Rauch's novelization and remember thinking that it was a very smart book; unfortunately, I must have loaned it to someone and it disappeared. Recently I decided to purchase and reread the book, and during my search, "Return of the Screw" came up. Thinking it was a new novel, I pre-ordered it immediately. When the package finally arrived, I was taken aback. A comic book?

Just a few days earlier I'd become aware of Moonstone Books' Buckaroo Banzai comics, but it didn't occur to me that the comics/graphic novels advertised on their site were what I had pre-ordered on this site. Why would they be? Moonstone was already selling the book but the this site release kept getting pushed back. It had to be a novel, right? Wrong. I'm not a big comic fan, but I do own a few graphic novels, so I won't dismiss this out of hand just because it's not what I expected.

Frankly, I was disappointed--partly with the story, and partly with the execution of the book itself. The Buckaroo Banzai mythology constantly hints at numerous adventures undertaken by Buckaroo and his ever-changing team, yet for the first new published adventure since 1984, the creators (Richter and Mac Rauch) throw out a retcon and bring back...Emilio Lizardo/John Whorfin and his lectroids. Seriously? In 20 years you guys couldn't come up with something new? In fact, the Whorfin/Hanoi Xan partnership was covered in the movie novelization but not used in the movie itself, so we've already been over this. Another peeve is that suddenly Lizardo/Whorfin talks like a wannabe gangsta rapper. Huh?

In terms of graphic novels, it's on par with other quality products, with thick, glossy covers and reasonably thick pages. The artwork is better than your standard monthly comic, but I couldn't help but think, "Isn't the art in a graphic novel supposed to be way beyond your typical comic book?" Finally, the typos were numerous and annoying (the first mention of Lizardo misspells his first name as "Emilia"). I speak from experience when I say that there are a lot of English-proficient BB fans who would be willing to do some proofreading gratis.

For me, the best part of the whole book is the bonus features, including a brief history of the movie and the failed TV series, and the interview with Earl Mac Rauch. Overall, it's a mildly interesting diversion and return to Buckaroo's world, but I can't honestly say it was worth waiting 20 years for.

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