The Bionic Woman #1

The Bionic Woman #1

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Title: “Rico, Come Home!”
Synopsis: A rich Mexican man abducts his grandson, but Jaime Sommers saves the day and everyone lives happily ever after.

Writer: Uncredited
Penciler: Uncredited
Inker: Uncredited

This reviewe loved The Bionic Woman television show as a kid. The comic series? Not so much. Even as a youngster, it was easy to see this was a C-team affair. The stories are simplistic and devoid of any real characterization, while the passable art lacks life.


Title: “Weaker Sex?”
Synopsis: A depowered Bionic Woman is sent on an undercover mission – as a stewardess! – to protect a “paroled terrorist leader.”

Writer: Uncredited
Penciler: Uncredited
Inker: Uncredited

Another slight story plagued by logic flaws, with flat art that does little more that capture the character’s likeness.

Grade (for the entire issue): D+

Cool factor: Umm …
Not-so-cool factor: While the art does a decent job capturing actress Lindsay Wagner’s likeness, it relies heavily on straight-on, smiling close-ups. The result is some pretty creepy visual characterization.
Second opinion: “Use bionic force of will to avoid this comic.” – The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).

Notable: This issue also includes a two-page text feature, “Birth of the Bionic Woman.”

Character Quotable
“You’ve got this coming, sister!”Jaime Sommers, going all bionic on a female terrorist
The Bionic Woman #1

Published and © by Charlton, October 1977
Cover uncredited

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Collected Editions

The Bionic Woman #1 remains uncollected at the time of this review’s publication.

Editor’s note: This review first appeared on Comics Bronze Age, July 7, 2009.

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