Written by Jeff Parker
Illustrated by Evan “Doc” Shaner
Colored by Jordie Bellaire
Lettered by Simon Bowland
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
Release Date: 1/28/2015
Stuff of Legend.
For those unaware of Flash Gordon, he’s a bit of a mixture between Tony Stark and Peter Quill “Star-Lord,” a semi-narcoleptic, never-growing-up playboy with a heavy dash of hard-headedness and a penchant for swordplay (“More like Flash SWORDon”). Along with his partners, Dale Arden (she’s smarter than Flash) and the playfully alcoholic physicist Professor Hans Zarkov, Flash has returned to Earth from his time with the Arborians and Hawkmen of another solar system. Returning as triumphant heroes, the crew are now looked at as the heads of their respective fields. While Flash has been somewhat melancholy and reclusive, can’t blame a space adventurer and revolutionary for feeling a bit trapped in his family’s New England mansion. As Flash and his companions are set to receive commendations from the President, Dale and the Professor may have a cure for Flash’s depression and the fans’ need for a wonderful cap to this title’s run.
Doc Shaner (Adventures of Superman) has captured the acrobatics of Flash Gordon perfectly in the series. Shaner’s artwork has a classic and timeless feel to it, which is perfect for this book. You would be hard pressed to think of a title that he wouldn’t fit well into. He, along with Chris Samnee (Daredevil, Captain America), are two of the most well-rounded and talented artists currently working who are obviously inspired by some of the classic greats.
Jordie Bellaire (Everything) colors everything. And she does it quite well. In Flash Gordon she works so well with Doc Shaner to capture Jeff Parker’s (Aquaman, Batman ’66) script. Space, and, for lack of a better term, air, probably aren’t the easiest things to capture with color, but Bellaire does an incredible job. She really shines when Flash and his team are making portal jumps, it’s out of this world.
The only issue in the art department is that the interior team didn’t feature on the cover. That’s not to knock cover artist Marc Laming, I just feel that the interior art is a perfect fit for this title; it’s just a shame that one of the books main selling points doesn’t feature them.
This is the team’s last issue, which is a bit of a letdown, but you won’t have to wait long for more Flash Gordon. King: Flash Gordon #1 is also released January 28th. If you want more of Parker, Shaner, & Bellaire you’ll have to wait a tad longer. They’ll be the team behind one of DC’s more anticipated Convergence titles this spring, Shazam.