Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Buckaroo Banzai: Return Of The Screw Paperback – January 8, 2008

3.2 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Paperback, January 8, 2008
"Please retry"
$47.60 $37.56

Read "The Killing Joke" and related graphic novels
Batman: The Killing Joke
Batman Vol. 3
Batgirl Vol. 1
click to open popover
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • 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)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Curtis G VINE VOICE on January 26, 2008
Verified Purchase
I saw the theatrical release of 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 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 ›
Comment 43 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
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.
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
Honestly, I knew I had to have this the moment I found out it existed, and so it came to pass that I ordered it through Amazon because I couldn't find it at my local comic vendor. (And I used to work for a local comic vendor, so I knew the importance of ordering from one.) And as I said, I *wanted* to like it, really. But I don't think it held together very well. As I believe other reviewers have already pointed out, it seemed to rehash a lot of the film, quite unnecessarily, while at the same time not adding very much new or interesting. Worse, the art was really unnervingly . . . I guess the word I want here is "bad," because there were times when it was actually difficult to distinguish between various characters while I was reading, including Buckaroo. That's never a good thing.

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.
Comment 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Return of the Screw gives us an opportunity to check in with Buckaroo Banzai and the Hong Kong Cavaliers. The interim has seen a number of false starts: no movie sequel; an aborted attempt at a broadcast network show and who knows what else. In any case, it has been a while since a new story - taking place before or after or simultaneously with the movie and follow-up novelization - has been available.

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 ›
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: moonstone books