- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Moonstone (January 8, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933076267
- ISBN-13: 978-1933076263
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,677,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Buckaroo Banzai: Return Of The Screw Paperback – January 8, 2008
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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 Amazon. Why would they be? Moonstone was already selling the book but the Amazon 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) retcon both the movie and the novel (which were slightly different) and bring back...Emilio Lizardo/John Whorfin and his lectroids. Seriously? In 20 years you guys couldn't come up with something new?Read more ›
Enjoyable for the fan, but would have preferred exploring an adventure that seemed less derivative.
Still and all, it's a new Buckaroo, after far too long an absence of anything on that score, and despite my rather crashing disappointment, I still am glad I spent the money for it, if only for the (admittedly dim) possibility that a follow-up might come along, and that it might be better than this one. And a little sooner.
It's told in a new voice and a new medium. No longer are we privy to the Boswellian recollections of Reno Nevada told only in written form. Instead we have a comic book (mmm...graphic novel). First issued as a three-part serialization, Moonstone Books has put out a single publication that - along with the content of the three issues - includes additional material such as unused covers, alternative events and an interview with originator Earl Mac Rausch. He along with W D Richter and others form the movie project are behind this production also.
I had mixed emotions about this effort. A lot of time had passed. Would a story about a Japanese-American renaissance man who combined science with rock `n' roll since make sense...or even be coherent? And what of the format? I had been a passionate reader of comics in the 1950s and 1960s (had I held on to those scores, no, hundreds of issues that I had, I might not have to care about earning a living today.) To be frank, I was ignorant of what a graphic novel was. My sole context - indirect to say the least - was seeing movie versions of them. By and large, my response was somewhat negative; I saw the medium as a case of form over content. I also expected Return of the Screw to be canonical to the original; I expected this story to be a continuation of the first. What I got was a wave of action and imagery that was off-putting.Read more ›
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This is simply confusing and bad, and there is nothing new here. I LOVED the movie and still have a headband from it somewhere; this comic book is parasitic more than it is a... Read morePublished on August 20, 2014 by J. COMER
This is a great sequel to the original!! I highly recommended it. It helps the reader understand some of the events in the movie by giving some background for the characters. Read morePublished on May 4, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I think this should have gotten a Nobel prize for Literature. It's THAT good. I enjoyed reading this book aloud to some sick kids (and sometimes sick friends). Read morePublished on August 14, 2013 by Wendy L. Chastain
Earl Mac Rauch and W.D. Richter, have a one of a kind voice, and that's a bit strange because they're two guys. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by stephen.108
While I agree with most of the comments out there I felt the need to add some thoughts. First the material lacks maturity. Read morePublished on September 13, 2010 by Seth Schultz
In short "BRILLIANT". Way to go WD, Richter, I'm now going blue in the face waiting for the next installment. Read morePublished on November 6, 2009 by Sean Curtin
This TPB is a pretty slick book that brings back a great universe of characters. There are some old, familiar faces and some interesting, new ones, but rest assured that the... Read morePublished on April 30, 2009 by Zachary R. Garwood
Nowhere near as inventive or engaging as the movie. The only reason to spend money to purchase this volume would be to encourage further development of the franchise, but based on... Read morePublished on April 28, 2009 by Ben F