Graphic Novel Review: Midas Flesh, Vol. 1 by Ryan North
Published December 18th 2013 by Boom! Studios
Summary: On one drunken night, King Midas only has one wish – to have everything he touches turn into gold. This is the catalyst of the entire earth turning into gold. Millennia later, three unlikely rebels try to salvage the gold-maker to use it as a weapon against the oppressive Federation.
What I liked:
- Spread over eight comics, the story is highly developed. Although it progresses in a linear fashion, it didn’t feel like the usual one-act story like many comics do
- There are plenty of twists and turns to keep everything interesting
- The stakes are incredibly high, as is the amount of casualties
- It has a dinosaur in a space suit. Nuf said
- The art style is simple and clean and a joy to read
- Diversity! One muslim girl, a dino, and a androgynous girl make up the space crew
- Plenty of space battles and warp speeds and other science-fiction fun
What I didn’t like:
- Although the stakes are high, I felt like there wasn’t enough time spent on the repercussions for the characters. Plenty of really bad things happen, but they don’t seem to react on that
- The panels with the ship battles were hard for me to make sense of
- I wish we got to know more about the Federation. Only in the first few comics we get some insights into them, but in the later ones we don’t
Verdict: A fun spin on an old genre, including some diverse and loveable characters.
The space crew of Joey, Fatima and Cooper have decided to return to Earth—a planet completely sectioned off, abandoned, and covered in gold—to find out exactly what happened to this once thriving planet and see if they can use that knowledge against the evil empire that’s tracking them down. As luck would have it, they just landed the most powerful weapon in the universe: some ancient dead guy’s body.