Flash Gordon #2
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Evan “Doc” Shaner
Colorist: Jordie Belaire
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Jeff Parker continues to effortlessly show off what makes Flash Gordon and his rag-tag group of adventurers special. This comic more than exceeds expectations, and it is just getting started. The first issue doesn’t waste too much time introducing each of the human protagonists; instead Parker instead chooses to flash-forward (pun!) a year into the trio’s exploration on Mongo.
The second issue is surprising in that, unlike the prior one, it shows nothing of the group’s personal life before they were on Mongo. Parker chooses instead to show the character’s personality through the story and their actions and reactions. In this particular adventure Flash and the gang make a daring escape from the villainous Ming’s guards though the Valley of Portals, while their ship has landed in a giant rainforest planet called Arboria.
The best way to describe this series is, simply, fun. Not to say that it doesn’t take itself and its world seriously but
Doc Shaner shines in every page. Every character comes to life much like stills from the best animated movies. There is a two-page spread of a wooden ship that has trees growing out of it which is moved through the air by giant space birds that looks way more awesome than could possibly be described. There is also a lot of design work, such as Flash’s ceremonial garb, and his action suit which both look aesthetically pleasing and dynamic.
This comic is just starting its run, but it’s a roller coaster ride you don’t want to miss out on. It’s a strong contender for one of the best books of the year and in just two issues, Dynamite has picked a superb creative team who really cares about the franchise and wants to both honor what came before, and propel it to new heights. If you like having a good time while reading comics, this is a must read.
– Mauricio Diocis