Review – Dynamite’s Damsels #4 and Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #8
I’ve enjoyed Dynamite’s Damsels series. It’s a nice new take on the recently popular spinning of fairy tales. In this case a mystery where it’s clear not everyone is who they say they are and the why’s and how’s are still being figured out. This isn’t your regular Cinderalla, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and Snow White story.
As the twin armies of Perrault and Caumont thunder across the plains, Rapa and Heinrich search for clues to the true identity of Queen Talia in Perrault castle but soon find themselves fighting for their lives. Meanwhile in Villeneuve Queen Belle tries to reason with her husband, the king, as her subjects take matters into their own hands.
There’s some great humor in this comic, the idea of these people always being cursed or how they dealt with the Djinn. Plus there’s the action and the scheming between the Queens. It’s all adding up to an interesting comic. It’s not the best of the twisted tales, but it’s a worthy addition to what’s out there. How it differs and stands out is a part of the attraction to it. If you enjoy a comic with female leads that twists up traditional fairy tales, you should definitely check this one out.
Story: Leah Moore and John Reppion Art: Aneke Cover: Joseph Michael Linsner
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read
Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #8
I’m a fan of Flash Gordon. The original strips, the campy 80s movie and this series from Dynamite. The first story arc took the Flash Gordon story we were all familiar with, and also we got to see what was going on on Earth the entire time too. While that second story arc was a bit weaker, it answered a question I always had. But, the first arc ended and now we get to see what happens next.
While exploring the subterranean labyrinths beneath the Imperial Palace of Mongo, Dr. Hans Zarkov-brilliant scientist and engineer-finds himself trapped in his own past, courtesy of an insidious trap left behind by Ming the Merciless. Is even Zarkov’s genius enough to free himself from this deadly snare?
The comic is basically an origina story for Zarkov. We learn more about his history, his motivations and we move the story forward. Ming is deposed and captured, and now Mongo has to deal with the power vacuum. Actually Flash really has to deal with the power vacuum and he’s learning that it’s not easy. On top of that the bridge to Earth is destroyed and Zarkov is on a mission to fix that.
The series picks up with the story, allowing us to see what happens after Ming is defeated. While the first arc was bit rushed, it’ll be interesting to see how long this plays out. The war has been won, and now it’s time to rebuild. In our modern times, it’s an interesting reflection of the real world. We’ll see how far it’s taken. It could be great, it could be crash and burn, but this first step is solid.
Story: Eric Trautmann Art: Daniel Indro Cover: Alex Ross or Francesco Francavilla
Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy
Dynamite provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review