Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #4
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, Paul Renaud, and Francesco Francavilla
Release Date: March 28, 2012
Cover Price: $3.99
Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #4 is why action/Sci-Fi comics were invented. Yes, I’m a total sucker for Flash Gordon, but that actually makes it HARDER to impress me when it comes to the property. I’ve seen SO many Flash Gordon reincarnations that have fallen so flat, and reading this book is a welcome return to one of my favorite super heroes ever.
Writer Eric Trautmann lays it on pretty thick in this issue. Talk about jam-packed!!! This is truly an old fashioned cliffhanger serial in comic book form. With a cliffhanger on almost every page, it’s a thrill a minute read that will have you biting your fingernails as you read it. What I love about this book is that every character is off on their own adventure, yet the story still weaves together.
Flash, Dale and Zarkov are all in separate places, all in about the same amount of trouble, but the book never seems disconnected and everyone gets equal time to tell their story. This is good, old fashioned comic book fun at it’s best!!
Daniel Indro deserves more recognition than he’s getting. The only accurate way to describe his artwork is lush and extravagant. He goes from all-out action to the royal palaces of Mongo to the underground torture chambers to 1930’s Germany without skipping a beat. And you’ve NEVER seen the Flash Gordon universe portrayed this way before. Especially of note, is the costumes and Mongonian fashion that he’s created (with help, I’m sure from Alex Ross). It’s truly stunning artwork.
I really hope that a lot of you out there are giving this book a chance. Yes, there’s many many options out on the comic stands right now. I know a lot of you are in love with creator-owned material, and that’s great, but I think that when you pick this book up and give it a try, you’ll be very pleasantly surprised at just how good it is.