- Title: Flash Gordon: King’s Cross #1 (of 5)
- Comic Vine: link
- Writers: Jeff Parker, Jesse Hamm
- Artists: Jesse Hamm, Grace Allison
The first issue of Dynamite Entertainment’s new five-issue mini-series unites Flash Gordon, Mandrake the Magician, Hans Zarkov, Dale Arden, and the Phantoms against the return of Ming the Merciless. Ming’s latest attacks include tidal waves decimating cities all around the world and transforming an island into Mongo on Earth complete with giant sea monsters for our heroes to deal with.
Created to have the look and feel of a Golden Age comic, Flash Gordon: King’s Cross #1 should please old-school Flash Gordon fans. Although I’m not wild about Flash’s costume, this version of the character worked well-enough for me.
Since I didn’t read the previous series, there were a few lingering questions I have that weren’t completely covered here. Who is the new female Phantom trainee? Did Dale actually marry Ming? While there were nagging questions like this, the first issue of the new mini-series did set-up the world, characters, and conflict enough for me to follow the new series without too much difficulty. For fans.
[Dynamite Entertainment, $3.99]