MINISERIES CONCLUSION: The hit comic series draws to an end, co-written by MACGYVER creator LEE DAVID ZLOTOFF! MacGyver! Moscone! Moscow! A fight to the death to save the world! Who will make it out alive? And who will never be the same again?
The MacGyver: Fugitive Gauntlet miniseries comes to an explosive conclusion his week with the release of issue #5. The series has been written by MacGyver creator Lee David Zlotoff and Tony Lee. Pencils and inks are handled by Will Sliney with colors from Owen Jollands. Aditya Bidikar rounds out the cast with lettering. MacGyver has been a great series so far, so does the last issue continue that or is this one trap Mac can’t get himself out of?
It’s the showdown in Moscow as MacGyver and his Interpool gal pal Kari find themselves against the wall as the villainous Moscone and Kari’s brother have them in their clutches. Unless Mac can figure out Dr. Cornwell’s cypher for the seed technology, Kari is going to be killed. Of course it’s MacGyver, so he’s playing chess when everyone else is playing checkers. The phone he used to escape the Chinese embassy last issue comes into play as Mac uses its GPS feature to call in the Calvary. It has truly hit the fan as MacGyver has an explosive race against time to stop Moscone before he hops on his helicopter and gets away scot-free. Kari has to deal with her double-crossing brother and Mac still has to settle that matter of the assassins that are literally gunning for him. Can Mac pull this off?
Lee and Zlotoff craft a fantastic finale. The comic feels like the last 15 minutes or so of a TV show with its break-neck speed and action-packed scenes leading up to the end. With explosions, fires, and gunplay, this issue doesn’t let up until the last page. Sliney’s art is good, but not as great as some of the previous issues. There are some odd poses and facial expressions in the action scenes, and a few oddly shaped hands. Taken as a whole, Sliney does a good job with some of the bigger sequences. Jollands gets a lot to play with this issue and really helps pull off the fast-paced issue.
Bottom Line: Lee and Zlotoff have done something very few do well, adapt a TV show to the comic book medium. The two are able to adapt a very visually driven show and make it work as a comic. MacGyver still…well, MacGyver’s up inventions out of household items to get out of jams, which I didn’t think would translate to the page. They pulled it off, and hopefully come back for more 4/5