One of my all time favorite sc-fi characters is Flash Gordon, and the reason for this is quite simple: Around 1988 when I was about 10, I saw the film version of Flash Gordon for the first time.
You know the movie I’m talking about, cheesy as it gets, loaded with Queen music, and bad special effects. A lot of people hate that movie (including my wife), but I will always remember it as the movie that introduced me to an entire universe of incredible characters.
Since then I’ve watched the old Flash Gordon serials starring Buster Crabbe as Gordon, and loved them too. I’ve also seen some of the animated versions, and even endured the horrible 2007 tv reboot on SyFy.
And funny story: A long time ago I bought a copy of “Flesh Gordon,” thinking it was the 1980 movie. I didn’t think twice about the $24.99 price tag, and bought the dvd. I got home, popped it in the dvd player and suddenly wondered why Dale Arden was getting naked. That’s when I finally looked at the dvd case and realized it wasn’t the movie I wanted. A sad but true story.
But the one place I had yet to find a good Flash Gordon story was in comic books. Oh, there’s been plenty of comic book series over the decades, but none have captured my attention like the movie or the black and white serials did. At least, not until now.
You see kids, yesterday I read the new King: Flash Gordon #1 from Dynamite Entertainment, and its the best interpretation of the Flash Gordon characters I’ve ever read in comics. One issue in, and writers Ben Acker and Ben Blacker have hooked me in with their humor and world building.
The art by Lee Ferguson is perfect for this series. As strange as it sounds, Ferguson’s art reminds me of a mix between Darwyn Cooke and Kevin Maguire. His expressions are hilarious, and the old school look just pops off the page.
If you’re a fan of the Flash Gordon mythos, do yourself a favor and check this book out! It’s available at your local comic shop and of course on ComiXology. Either way, you’ll be happy you did.