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Flash Gordon Omnibus (Flash Gordon Omnibus Tp) Paperback – June 16, 2015
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Flash Gordon is a classic adventure hero. He's a man of ability and character. This version, however, has been "modernized," meaning he's a half-wit. Impetuous, foolish, brash, slapped around by his daddy's servants--more a spoiled college brat, less of a man of the world. Just about everything that Flash has NOT been these last 70+ years. And Zarkov is a drunk. So Dale Arden is the only character capable of staying on task.
If you're buying this with only a passing interest in the character (watched the 80s movie or late 80s cartoon) then maybe you'll love this. If you've enjoyed the Alex Raymond run or the Al Williamson comics, this will come up a bit short.
Art and design-wise, it looks pretty good.
Flash, Dale Arden, and Dr. Zarkov have helped save Earth from Ming the Merciless and now they are on the run. Dale has the crystal that Ming wants to reopen the portal and complete his conquest of Earth. Flash and crew find themselves in some strange territory in the worlds around them. They meet winged people and tree-dwelling people. They discover the origins of the fearsome Beastmen and Flash finds himself in an arena fighting some of them. Flash throws himself into any situation with an infectious gusto. Zarkov and Dale are left behind to shake their heads as he improvises, but Zarkov does have things to contribute to the story. Dale felt a littl shortchanged this time around.
My review copy was about two thirds of the complete volume, but I think it was enough of a flavor for me. I didn't mind this reboot this time around, maybe because Flash was not on Earth but in the environs of the planet Mongo. He's a likeable enough hero and doesn't feel dated. In the pages I got Dale seems superfluous, but maybe there is more for her to do later. All in all, a pretty good space romp with much to remind readers of the original serials and the cheesy 1980 film.
I received a review copy of this graphic novel from Diamond Book Distributors, Dynamite Comics, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.