King: Flash Gordon #2 Review

King heads into month two, should you buy into it? Read on to find out.

The official description from Dynamite:

DEADLY CAPTURE! Things are dire. MASSIVE explosions and DOUBLE-CROSSES have forced Flash Gordon & Dale Arden & Professor Zarkov to take drastic action…it’s time to go UNDERWATER FOREVER! You shan’t conceive the epic tale that BEN ACKER & BEN BLACKER (Thrilling Adventure Hour) & LEE FERGUSON (Turok) have concocted!

King-Flash Gordon 2_Preview PageComplements to the teams behind this initiative, because the first round was a rousing success in my book. Current collectors got reacquainted with these dusty old icons but now it’s time to get some action and character development going. And that’s exactly what fanboys and fangirls receive in this outing.

Ben Acker and Ben Blacker handle this latest slice of intergalactic freedom fighting pie. And for the most part both of these authors concoct a solid continuation for Flash Gordon that keeps the legacy of Kings Watch alive. In this mini-series the most relevant aspect of the script comes from the dialogue between our three primaries and the guards that were taking them to their cell. I won’t say anything else for fear of spoilers, but suffice to say this dynamite duo does a solid job highlighting what Ming the Merciless means to the planets he’s conquered.

The visuals found within this comic book were a bit off balance. The character renditions offered up had inconsistent facial expressions while the overall design of the panels maintained a simple enough atmosphere. But the introduction and concluding pages brought to you by Lee Ferguson showed off the high quality talent the franchise currently enjoys. Now if only every single panel looked that good, especially with colors by Omi Remalante. Maybe next month will get a better body of work!

King: Flash Gordon #2 is a sturdy release that does add to the lore and accomplishes some good before all is said and done. I want the art to be a bit tighter in the future but beyond that this romp does enough right. So by all means get this one as it comes recommended.

  • + Flash Gordon takes on his situation.
  • + Worthwhile heroes and villains.
  • + Sturdy and engaging script.
  • - Inconsistent visuals...

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