Mind Capsules – Flash Gordon #2 and Batman Eternal #7

Flash Gordon #2

Writer – Jeff Parker
Artist – Evan Shaner
Colours – Jordi Bellaire

The second issue of Dynamite’s new Flash Gordon series sees Flash and the gang taking advantage of the local residents with their identities still under wraps.  As the hospitalities continue, Flash cannot help but show off, kind of like Tony Stark, and proceeds to embarrass, without realizing it of course, his hosts and their champions.  Prince Barin is a little wary of Flash and his friends, thinking they are not who they say they are, but he has no way of proving it just yet, though little things here and there give them away.  It is not until he shows them the factory that creates soldiers for Mongo that Flash’s identity is given away due to his actions.  This was another great issue from Parker and Shaner featuring the pulp hero in his new title that is extremely fun with smart dialogue and a nice pace to keep the reader hooked from cover to cover.  This book almost feels like a guilty pleasure it is so good, and one can only imagine how great it will be when the action really picks up.  Parker has been doing a fantastic job for years on various titles so it is nice to see Dynamite have faith in the man to head up this book.  Hopefully we get a Mandrake the Magician title if this book does well.

5 out of 5

Batman Eternal #7

Writer – Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, John Layman
Artist – Emanuel Simioni
Colours – Blond

There is a lot going on in this book with Batman facing off against Pyg who makes his return, Catwoman going up against the Penguin, Falcone pulling the strings behind everything and a little tiny appearance from Tiger Shark.  At times, the book was a little convoluted the way it jumped around from story to story, but not overly so to make it confusing.  Pyg is still a lame villain no matter how you look at it, or him to be precise.  It would have been great to see a continuation of the Spectre storyline from last issue, or the Red Robin plot from the one previous to that, but it seems our writers have a plan and we are just along for the ride.  This issue was not as strong as the last one, but still entertaining enough to want to stick around and see where this is going.  It looks like Falcone is going all out to retake the city so it will be interesting to see just how Penguin or other villains strike back.  Another penciller joins the book this issue in Emanuel Simioni and he does a pretty good job.  It would be nice to see him also stick around for a few and give the book some consistency.

3.5 out of 5

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