Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #8
Plot and Script by Eric Trautmann
Plot and Art Direction by Alex Ross
Art by Daniel Indro
Colors by Slamet Mujiono
Letters by Simon Bowland
Covers by Alex Ross and Francesco Francavilla
Release Date: January 2, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #8 focuses almost exclusively on one of the most underrated characters in the Flash Gordon mythos – Dr Hans Zarkov. Now, we could argue that Zarkov is the one who’s responsible for the whole situation that Flash and company are in, but that’s besides the point.
Writers Eric Trautmann and Alex Ross take a time out from the nonstop action to give us a pretty cool character study in this issue. Turns out, Hans Zarkov is a pretty interesting guy. Honestly, you only get a couple panels of the other characters, but this issue is about Zarkov trying to outwit Ming’s control that he has over the device that can get them all home. I LOVE the back story that the writers gave the character. It really lets you know how and why he came to be in the circumstances that he’s in in the beginning of the series. Not only that, but it’s really interesting. And a good, solid story. They also manage to sneak in a good amount of action.
Over the past 8 issues, I’ve come to REALLY love artist Daniel Indro. He’s great, and I’m probably going to follow him onto his next project whether it’s something I’m interested in or not. Here, he doesn’t disappoint. He’s really come into his own over the course of the last 8 issues, and it’s not like he was BAD when we started. He makes this issue shine. There’s a lot of non-action panels, but he finds a way to make all of them interesting. Not only interesting, but rich and gorgeous.
With only two issues left, these next ones are gonna be pretty action packed! This issue is a bit of a breather from the action, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less interesting and important. Highly highly HIGHLY recommended!