Sunday, January 3, 2016

Knight Rider: Knightstrikes, by Chuck Dixon, et al.

KITT.  Knight Rider.  Any child of the 80s will be taken back by those names.  In the TV show, Michael Long, played by David Hasselhoff cruises around in his artificially intelligent supercar KITT fighting crime and being cool.  Now the duo has returned in graphic novel form.  Knight Rider: Knight Strikes features six "episodes" in which Micheal and KITT win the day while exchanging their trademark banter and displaying some new technologies.
Because "We're going to run into a tree and this bomb will blow up!" would be too simple.
The story elements and plot lines will be familiar to those who remember the TV shows.  The comics do seem to amp up the action and explosions, if for no other reason than that it's much easier to draw stuff blowing up than to actually blow something up.  These stories update the Knight world with some modern technology, but also indirectly demonstrate how far ahead of the technological curve the original show was.

These stories would be fun to see as TV episodes, or perhaps incorporated into a movie revival (which has been rumored from time to time).  In my opinion, Michael in this book doesn't look that much like Hasselhoff.  Maybe that's just me.  In any case, Knight Rider: Knight Strikes will delight Knight Rider fans, and stands on its own even for readers who never saw the show.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

2016 Reading Challenge: A graphic novel

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