Writer Jeff Parker is at it again. Dragging readers into a book I really did not think I would like (how old a property is Flash Gordon?) and almost immediately I am adding to my pull list.
Flash Gordon #1 is a fast, furious and fun romp through the future that has more than a little pulp feel to it, and that is most certainly a good thing. Free of the angst and anger of modern comics, we enjoy Flash and Dale Arden as they go wormholing it through the dimensions associated with the planet Mongo. And there is no secret agenda for Ming. He is refreshingly honest about his intent, and does not wait for the typical last page “big reveal.” There he is, big as you please, right on Page 11.
Also along the way, we get the low-down on Flash and his history with his dad (MORE daddy issues?), his relationship with Dale and also some Mongo background. Even blue aliens and some very UN-pulp actions by Dale!
Artist Evan Shaner does a wonderful job with the art. Clean lines, no murky shadows and vivid action and space scenes that make me hunger for such art in other titles. Jordie Bellaire adds much with a clean color palette, vivid colors matching the enthusiasm of the art.
I do not know what Parker has planned for the future of this title, but it looks like it is gonna be a fun ride. And cosmic!