Buckaroo Banzai: Return of the Screw

    (Moonstone, 2006)
™ and ©2006 Earl Mac Rauch and W.D. Richter

Years ago in 1984, there was a science fiction movie released called The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension. It was basically a flop upon release, but soon developed a cult following. So much so that a TV series, an animated series and a sequel movie were all toyed with. Unfortunately, none of these projects came to pass and the scripts just sat in limbo for years while the creators were trying to figure out who owned the rights to what. Now, after two decades, the scripted adventures are finally appearing in comic book form. A must for devotees of this film!

— Mark Arnold

From the Comics Buyer’s Guide:

If you’re a fan of the 1984 cult movie Buckeroo Banzai and have watched it over and over again, then you’ll love this comic. However, if you’ve only seen the movie once or not at all, then you’ll find it incomprehensible.

Moonstone’s first issue, which includes all of the material from the moderately priced black-and-white #0, is as faithful to its original source material as a comic book can be. Which is to be expected, since it’s the work of the original creators. Nearly all of the characters from the movie’s ensemble cast return and have significant roles. Plus, a new, Fu Manchu-like villain is introduced. The problem is that the story lacks a central focus to hook the casual reader.

The art and coloring are fine, but this is a series for dedicated, diehard fans only. All other readers won’t know who’s who or why anyone acts the way they do. The same failings that kept the original movie from launching into an intended series are also present in the comic book.

— Michael Tierney

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#1 - 2nd printing

 
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 Collects Buckaroo Banzai: The Prequel #1-2, Buckaroo Banzai: Hardest of the Hard #1-2, Buckaroo Banzai: Origins #1 and Buckaroo Banzai: Big Size #1Earl Mac RauchChew Chan

#1 Variation A

  12/1/1984
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Cover A Earl Mac Rauch, Joe GentileStephen Thompson, Keith Williams

#1 Variation B

 
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Cover Bca. 2006Earl Mac Rauch, Joe GentileStephen Thompson

#1 Variation C

 
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Cover C Earl Mac Rauch, Joe GentileStephen Thompson, Keith Williams

#2 Variation A

  1/1/2006
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Cover A: 3 characters on cover with a giant character in a cactus suit behind them Earl Mac Rauch, Joe GentileStephen Thompson, Keith Williams

#2 Variation B

 
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Cover B: 6 characters on coverca. 2006Earl Mac Rauch, Joe GentileStephen Thompson

#2 Variation C

 
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Cover C: Limited cover Earl Mac Rauch, Joe GentileStephen Thompson, Keith Williams

#3 Variation A

 
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Cover A by Dave Aikins Earl Mac Rauch, Joe GentileStephen Thompson

#3 Variation B

  1/1/2006
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Cover B by Michael Stribling Earl Mac Rauch, Joe GentileStephen Thompson

#3 Variation C

 
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Cover C by David Nestle Earl Mac Rauch, Joe GentileStephen Thompson

Ashcan #1

  1/1/2006
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  Earl Mac Rauch, Joe GentileStephen Thompson, Keith Williams

Book #1

 
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 Collects series; ca. 2007Earl Mac Rauch, Joe GentileStephen Thompson, Ken Wolak, Keith Williams

Book #1 - 2nd printing

 
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 Collects Buckaroo Banzai: Return of the Screw #1-3Earl Mac Rauch, W.D. RichterStephen Thompson, Ken Wolak, Keith Williams

Book #1 Hardcover

 
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 Collects Buckaroo Banzai: Return of the Screw #1-3; ca. 2012Earl Mac Rauch, W.D. RichterStephen Thompson, Ken Wolak, Keith Williams