Of all the goofy head-gears Buck Rogers has worn throughout his many incarnation, do you have a favorite?
I loved Buck Rogers’ glowing, Tron-like trans-suit from the Dynamite comic because it seemed to be the logical end point for iPhone style multigadgets that do everything, combined with the apple aesthetic of everything glowing, giving off light, and a minimalist interface with no regular “buttons.” It truly seemed so much more futuristic than a lot of Star Trek technology, and it made the Iron Man armor seem like an antique.
The trend in technology is toward incorporation of devices (e.g. your phone connecting to your coffeemaker wirelessly), so I always liked that the glowing trans-suit merged with the glowing lights of the spaceships to not only suggest they were sharing data and interconnected, but to give that entire technology a unified feel. I’ve yet to see anyone praise this comic for this. It reminds me of a quote about Silicon Valley that almost all apps do something your Mom used to do.
For that reason, I never, ever want to see a flip-top communicator on Star Trek again, a technology we far surpassed in the early 2000s. Re-using the iconography of the original series is not as important as actually feeling like this could be in the future and being state of the art. We have to believe this is the future. Remember the cool transparent paper phones in Ultraviolet? That movie was not super-memorable, but why is it more high tech than Trek is now?