Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #7
Plot & Script by Eric Trautmann
Plot & Art Direction by Alex Ross
Art by Daniel Indro
Colors by Slamet Mujiono
Letters by Simon Bowland
Covers by Alex Ross & Francesco Francavilla
Release Date: November 7, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99
Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #7 is, quite literally, a tour de force. And I don’t even know what that means. But whatever it means, I’m sure it can be used to describe this issue. It’s by far the best of the series to date, and that’s saying something. Now, if Dynamite could only figure out how to get this book out on time…
Writers Eric Trautmann and Alex Ross have a love of these characters that almost rivals…. me. I can’t tell which of the two is the bigger fan of Flash Gordon. There’s some FANTASTIC Easters eggs thrown into this book from previous incarnations of Flash Gordon, ranging from the 1980 live action movie (look at that cover!) to the 1979-1980 cartoon series by Filmation. This is the epic conclusion of the first storyline, and it’s not without its shocks and surprises. I have to admit, the story plays a little too close to the feature film for my tastes; I wish it would’ve been a little more original, but it’s still a great ending to an awesome first arc. Just about every single loose end is tied up, and what’s left open will have your imagination running wild the moment you close the back cover.
OK, I would complain more about the lateness of this book if not for one thing, and that’s Daniel Indro‘s artwork. If it means waiting 3 to 4 months between issues just to get this kind of artwork, I’m happy to wait. Actually, maybe they could wait until Indro’s done with a few issues before soliciting, that way it wouldn’t be so late. Back to the artwork, it’s gorgeous, simply put. I’ve almost never seen such attention to detail- and here’s the thing- it’s details of things that DO NOT EXIST!!!!! Indro, under the art direction of Alex Ross, has literally created a whole universe. You have to tip your hat to the talent of Daniel Indro.
This one’s the first comic you should grab off the rack and the first one you should read when you get home. This is a CLASSIC COMIC BOOK. IT’s the reason comic books were made. Action, adventure, humor, thrills, heroics, there’s nothing that exists that is not in this comic.