Publisher: Bongo Comics
Writer: Nathan Kane
Penciller: John Delaney
Inker: Andrew J. Pepoy
Letterer: Karen Bates
Editors: Karen Bates & Terry Delegeane
Cover Artists: Jason Ho, Nathan Kane, Mike Rote
Release Date: December 24, 2014
When you’re facing mercenaries who want to kill your daughter? An alien predator who hunts humans for sport? A television game show host who wants to play for blood? Who do you call? McBain!
McBain #1 is the latest of Bongo Comics’ Simpsons One-Shots, and it plays with the conventions of what makes a comic in appropriately larger-than-life ways. In order to review this comic, it is important to look at the two defining characteristics of this edition: the story, and the presentation. Click below to read the rest of the review.
The story is, to be honest, the least important of these two issues. We follow a pretty average McBain storyline, with characters that are less than convinced by his stories. Enter the movie-script ready damsel-in-distress (who may be more than she appears to be), and McBain quickly falls into his element. His element, in this case, being a limited vocabulary delivered in a faux-Austrian accent. The story has a few surprises, and is a bit of fun, but it is far less important for our purposes than the actual format Bongo has chosen for this one-shot.
In fact, it is not so much a format issue for the comic, than it is a format issue for the poster that makes up the other side of the story. The cool – and unique – thing about this Bongo One-Shot is that the fore-pages are made up of story panels…but the back, is made up of an enormous twelve-panel poster that mimics – and light-heartedly mocks – adventure movie posters of the 1980s. This is meta-comics at their best – an over-the-top Simpsons related main story, with a movie poster on the back as added value. While the story itself isn’t write-home amazing, and the comic is a one-off, the poster aspect chosen by Bongo makes the issue a collectible in its own right. We don’t get any backstory or origins here, but the issue itself is worth picking up for its collectibility.
Steve’s Grade: B+
While McBain #1 is worth a look, its value lies more with those interested in an unusual new format than in the story.