With the possible exception of Shogun Assassin 2: Lightning Swords of Death, I'm not sure there's anything in the history of our language that has a better name than Airwolf. There are thrills to be found in the word itself, and once you get to the part where it's actually the name of a nuclear-powered stealth helicopter that ran explosive secret missions for four seasons on network television, well, of course it was. How could that word describe anything else?

And now, Airwolf is back --- in comic book form! Next week sees the release of Airwolf: Airstirkes Vol. 1, a new collection of helicopter action stories from an impressive roster of creators, including Barbara Kesel, Mike Baron and Marc Andreyko --- and you can check out a preview below!

 

 

Wait, no, sorry --- that's my other favorite comic about Airwolf, from when Ray went on Secret eBay and bought it to help out his Achewood friends. Here's the actual preview, but be warned: There's some intense donkey violence coming up:

 

 

 

 

 

For  more of the helicopter itself, it looks like you'll have to pick up the book next week. Here's the official info:

 

AIRWOLF, VOL. 1
by Mike Baron, Jeff Mariotte, Marc Andreyko, Barbara Kesel, Rob Worley, Marc Bernardin & Adam Freeman, illo. by Jean Froes & Fabiano Neves
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback
SRP: $14.99
Publisher: Lion Forge Comics
Distributor: IDW Publishing
Pub Date: September 23, 2015
Item Code: JUN150491
ISBN: 9781631403156

Hawke, Santini, and the coolest attack chopper ever made are back in this epic reimagining of the hit TV classic!

The world has never seen a clandestine war machine like Airwolf; this nuclear-powered helicopter sports a cloaking device, an EMP generator, and more firepower than most fighter jets its size. After wresting control from the mysterious black ops organization that created it, pilots Stringfellow Hawke and Dominic Santini set out on a series of bold new adventures around the world as they work to quell simmering international threats before they combust. Hawke and Santini may be good, but they arenít the only state-of-the-art weapons program in existence. Will they figure it out before Airwolf goes from hunter to hunted? Airwolf is a nonstop anthology of blistering standalone thrillers that redefines the classic for a new generation!