Mind Capsules – Legendary Star-Lord #2 and Flash Gordon #4

Legendary Star-Lord #2

Writer – Sam Humphries
Artist – Paco Medina
Inker – Juan Vlasco
Colours – David Curiel

So Peter is in trouble once again.  When is he not?  This time he has been caught by his half-sister, Princess Victoria.  Of course Peter is wondering why she would do such a thing and so she tells him that because of his confrontation with J’son, the Spartax empire is in disarray and she needs funding to keep the soldiers loyal and have what peace there is, be maintained.  That funding will come from the bounty on his head.  Peter obviously does not like the sound of that idea one little bit, so he decides to convince her, and it does take some convincing, to team up with him and rob the Viderdoom and Mister Knife of all their assets.  Also, it allows him to live and be on his way once more.  So it looks like a win for him, a win for her and a win for the Spartax people.  Things go almost to plan and after all is said and done, Peter also manages to make a new enemy.  Even though it is only two issues in, Sam Humphries has really nailed down the personality of Peter Quill’s character.  He has those carefree aspects that Bendis has been writing into him along with some of the Abnett and Lanning seriousness to balance it out, and all the fun of the movie to really bring it home.  The story does mirror current events as portrayed in the ongoing Guardians of the Galaxy title which is a good thing, but at the same time does not take itself too seriously with the subject matter, being quite light-hearted and humourous.  The artwork by Medina, Vlasco and Curiel is detailed and sharp, clean and bright and really makes the book come alive.  Two issues in and this book has become a great addition to the Marvel library.

4 out of 5

Flash Gordon #4

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

Flash is pretty proud of himself as the Arborians are ready to revolt and the arena where he was sentenced to die has just blown up.  With Dr. Zarkov’s help, the Governor has been reprogrammed and they release all of Barin’s men that are currently being held and awaiting transformation.  After the men are freed and the factory is destroyed Flash hopes that it might be enough for a full scale revolt, but things are never that easy, especially when it comes to going up against Mongo.  After Flash gets some deserved rest, Dale explains the workings of the space/time channels which lets Ming rule all that he does.  After Flash awakes and is ready to leave, Barin thanks him for giving them hope and for helping them when no one else was able.  Parker continues to chronicle the adventures of the original Star-Lord, Flash Gordon, and it continues to be exceptionally fun and exciting.  This happens to be the last issue in the current arc with Flash, Dale and Dr. Zarkov heading off onto a new adventure.  Parker peppers the book with a lot of humour as Flash is exceptionally footloose and fancy-free.  Flash might seem almost careless at times, but he cares and he cares a lot, he just does not show it all the time.  Dale has little to do this issue except provide emotional support and Zarkov gives just as many laughs as Flash does.  Evan Shaner continues to provide exceptional pencils to the title and along with Jeff Parker, really make a modern day dream team.  Dynamite has really been on a roll lately with all the great titles they have been producing, this one included among them.  Go and pick it up for some great science-fiction adventures.

4.5 out of 5

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