Synopsis: Flash, Mandrake The Magician & The Phantoms struggle to bring peace to a broken Earth…but a FAR-too-familiar foe from beyond threatens to destroy everything they hold dear!
Review: Jeff Parker makes a return to ‘Flash Gordon’ and picks things up right from where he left them with his last crossover between Flash Gordon and other characters from the old King Features Comics.
Earth has become an analogue world thanks to the last battle Flash, Mandrake and The Phantom had with Ming the Merciless.
When a series of bizarre Earthquakes hit the planet Mandrake calls up on the Phantoms and puts out a distress call to Hans Zarkov and Flash Gordon.
Jeff Parkers writing in this first issue continues the great work he did in his prior Flash Gordon series. I like how he has managed to channel the same style as the old pulp Flash Gordon movie series, which starred the late Buster Crab and fused them with The Phantom’s and Mandrake the magician.
Although the artwork will not be to everyones taste. I appreciate that Grace Allison and Jesse Hamm are trying to somehow channel the spirit of the original Alex Raymond strips as well as other classic newsprint strips. And although it isn’t quite there. The art does a good enough job to service the story.
The colours also fall a little short of what you’d get in the old strips. In that they were too perfect in that there were not really to many colour bleeds that you’d associate with an old newspaper strip, but that said I’d imagine that kind of thing would be really difficult to duplicate.
Overall though this is an enjoyable start to another Adventure for Flash Gordon and his friends and I look forward to reading the next issue with great anticipation.
- Art Work8.5