For over thirty-seven years, thousands of Blue Blaze Irregulars all over the world have been waiting for the promised return of Buckaroo Banzai and his heroic group of Hong Kong Cavaliers.
The final frame of his 1984 not-so-summer-blockbuster film, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension, assured us to “watch for the next adventure of Buckaroo Banzai” and even gave that scintillating escapade a title:
Buckaroo Banzai Against The World Crime League!
So what if his first adventure on the silver screen was a seemingly unintelligible mess for both critics and the masses? So what if, amidst tough theatrical competition in Star Trek III: The Search For Spock, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and the original Ghostbusters, it was a financial flop?
Fans loved it. And the film has only grown an international following in the decades that followed its original theatrical release.
And so, Blue Blaze Irregulars, those “…men and women and children who subscribe to the Blue Blaze newsletter, who attend selected symposia at the Banzai Institute, who submit their bodies periodically to rugged physical training at such places as the desert survival school in Nevada, the mountaineering school in Alaska, and a half dozen other around the globe; who are required to make certain educational advancements; who are “on call” twenty-four hours a day to help B. Banzai in a pinch, or their neighbors in a natural disaster” have waited patiently.
Yeah. It’s a calling.
And today, the promise is finally fulfilled. We BBIs always knew it would be.
Following The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension is a prose novel, a sequel to that first film, written by E. M. Rauch, who penned the original screenplay. This tale was told to chronicler Rauch by The Reno Kid, a Hong Kong Cavalier – the most trusted of Banzai’s inner circle.
Buckaroo Banzai Against The World Crime League, Et Al: A Compendium of Evils is a 624-page hardcover, published by BB believers, Dark Horse Comics. It details the exploits of Banzai and his group of evil-beating friends as they go tete-a-tete against the immortal nemesis, Hanoi Xan, the ruthless leader of the World Crime League and the man responsible for the death of Banzai’s father! To make matters worse, the Lectroids from Planet 10 return and the entire world is sent spiraling towards destruction!
Full of Banzai exploits, his friends, his enemies, his frenemies and his uniquely layered and deep philosophy, Buckaroo Banzai Against The World Crime League, Et Al: A Compendium of Evils is required (and enjoyable) reading for any old or new Blue Blaze Irregular!
And always, always remember: No matter where you go, there you are.
Today, you need to go to your better comic or book shop and pick up the sequel novel to one of pop culture’s greatest cult phenoms: Buckaroo Banzai Against The World Crime League, Et Al: A Compendium of Evils!