Written by Jeff Parker, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Chris Eliopoulos, & Nate Cosby
Illustrated by Robert Castro, Chris Eliopoulos, & Marc Laming
Published by Dynamite Comics
Release Date: 11/26/2014
A compilation of five separate tales from five different writers are put together in this week’s Flash Gordon Annual #1 from Dynamite Comics, a total of 48 pages that all tie in to the ongoing series
First off, it’s Baby Flash Gordon in FLASH’S FIRST FLIGHT, written, illustrated, and lettered by Chris Eliopoulos (Savage Dragon), and colored by Jeremy Treece. It’s 1985, and we start off with toddler Flash Gordon (still in diapers) taking his father’s DeLorean for a spin. We even see a parking valet named Marty who strangely resembles the classic time traveler, orange vest jacket and all.
Next is Dale Arden in ACTION SCIENCE REPORTER, from Ben Acker and Ben Blacker, illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks, colors by Jeremy Treece, & lettered by Simon Bowland. Dale and her unpaid intern Jen risk their lives in South American warlord territory against the Soldados Supremos de San Sinera, all in the name of science.
Our next short story features Professor Zarkov, in THIRST CONTACT by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker, with illustrations and colors by Jeremy Treece, and letter by Simon Bowland. Zarkov encounters aliens from the future who are visiting from the planet Chbn, and hilarity ensues when a pivotal moment in galactic history ends suddenly with the passing of the bottle.
Princess Darya of Coralia stars in WATER WAYS, written by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker, Illustrated by Lee Ferguson, colored by Marissa Louise, with letters by Simon Bowland. Coralia is of course the underwater kingdom on the planet Mongo, as Darya is celebrating her seventeenth birthday by sticking it to her father, literally and figuratively.
Finally we have Kid Flash in GOOD AT ANYTHING (AS LONG AS IT’S NOT WORK), written by Jeff Parker & Nate Cosby, Illustrated by Craig Rousseau, colors by Omi Remalante, with letters by Simon Bowland. With a teenage Alex Gordon showing off his athletic skills and abilities, he is suddenly taken away from all of this and meets a young prince, as they set off on a quest to save the universe, an adventure that will continue in the pages of Prince Valiant #1.
These stories all take place before the events of Kings Watch #1 and Flash Gordon #1, and despite each story being really short and a bit rushed, I enjoyed both the writing and art from this collaborative team-up. If you are a fan and familiar with the Flash Gordon universe, you will surely enjoy this annual issue. It’s a nice precursor to the upcoming Kings Crossover event coming in January 2015.
REVIEW: FLASH GORDON ANNUAL #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)