The GeeksverseFlash Gordon: Invasion of the Red Sword #1

Flash Gordon: Invasion of the Red Sword #1
Published on Saturday, February 19, 2011 by

Written by: Brendan Deneen
Art by: Eduardo Garcia
Colors: Estudio Haus
Cover Art: Eduardo Garcia
Assistant Editor: PJ Feffer & Zach Frankel
Editor: Cody DeMatteis

I haven’t read any of the rest of Ardden’s Flash Gordon stories but you don’t need to in order to understand this issue. The elements that are carried over are either explained or don’t need any explanation and can be picked up by reading.

This issue also tackles one of my biggest pet peeves in science fiction and that’s the ability of all the alien races to understand the same language. Most sci-fi stories create a common language for all the various races to speak. But is that really plausible?

I like how it’s handled in Flash Gordon. There’s a universal translator device that allows all the various beings to communicate with eachother.

I also like how Deneen shows how quickly races that were normally violent to eachother will resort back to violence. It highlights the fact that language, and being able to understand the nuances, can go a long way towards establishing peace. It’s alot easier to make compromises and negotiate when you understand what the other side is saying.

I also like how Deneen shows Flash as being tough, but he’s not super tough. He can still be defeated and caught off guard. It’s a good place to put the character because it allows us to be worried for Flash to an extent. It’s not good for a character like Flash to be uber, as he’s just a peak human.

The scene with Dale and Vultan is great. It makes sense for Vultan to be a bit leery of Dale when he can’t communicate and the attackers are obvioiusly from her world. With her showing signs of recognition, and him not being able to understand, it makes sense that he’d be aggressive and threatened. It also proves that communication is huge between the varied races.

Garcia’s artwork reminds me of Roger Cruz and that style. It’s not my favorite but Garcia does a good job. The panel layouts and action move smoothly. The characters are well proportioned, fitting into the style. The perspective is good, taking into consideration the style. There’s a couple panels that aren’t as good as the rest. The panel of Flash and Dale kissing is a bit off. But overall the art works well.

Flash Gordon: Invasion of the Red Sword #1 receives
4 out of 5

A good start to the next chapter of Flash’s life. I might have to go and pick up the rest of Ardden’s Flash Gordon books now.

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