By PS Hayes
Sunday, December 21st, 2014 at 10:12 am
Flash Gordon 2014 Holiday Special Written by Dan McCoy, Elliot Kalan, and Stuart Wellington
Art by Lara Margarida, Stephen Downey and Joseph Cooper
Colors by Omi Remalante
Letters by Simon Bowland
Covers by Evan Shaner & Jordie Bellaire and Ken Haeser & Blair Smith Dynamite Entertainment
Cover A | Cover B
Release Date: December 17, 2014
Cover Price: $5.99
The Flash Gordon 2014 Holiday Special is a gift in itself. I mean, how many OTHER publishers put out Holiday specials this year? I believe Dynamite was one of only two. And what better character to get his own Holiday special than Flash Gordon? Sure, it would’ve been interesting to see a Holiday book from either The Shadow or Doc Savage or Red Sonja or even Battlestar Galactica, but in my opinion, the Flash Gordon universe offered the most opportunity story-wise, and the creative teams didn’t disappoint.
There are three separate stories that make up this special, and the writers behind them are Dan McCoy, Elliot Kalan, and Stuart Wellington. Each turn is a charming tale focusing on a different member(s) of the Flash Gordon cast, and while I loved the first two stories it the book, the third story came up a little bit short for me. Overall, it’s a nice, charming, heartwarming book that you can read while you’re on a plane, train, or automobile heading home for the holidays and it’ll get you that much more excited for seeing family and/or friends and relaxing for a couple of days.
Just like the writers, there are three different artists for this book: Lara Margarida, Stephen Downey, and Joseph Cooper. All three of them with VERY different styles, but all of them equally talented. Cooper really brings his story to life, and that might be because it’s the cheeriest of the three stories, and the art definitely matches the tone. Downey and Margarida both bring their A game to their stories, and even though Downey’s selection is a tad on the bittersweet side, they all deliver pages that will warm your heart and make you feel good.
Even though you have to pay for it (hey, everybody’s gotta make a living), Dynamite and all the creators involved have given us a great gift this holiday season — THIS COMIC! Do yourself a favor and go out and grab a copy. I guarantee it’ll make your holidays just a little bit brighter. And, let me take this opportunity to wish each and every one of you a great holiday season. HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYBODY!