(Flash) Gordon’s Alive!

by Jeff Abbott on January 9, 2009

There will be no singing of totally rocking Queen anthems during this posting. Unless you really really want to.

We all know Flash Gordon– a fictional space-faring hero who debuted back in the 1930s, fighting evil on the distant planet Mongo and trying to find a way home to Earth. Of course most of us know Flash from the completely over-the-top 1980 film (the best feature of was the soundtrack and Brian Blessed bellowing “Gordon’s alive!”). Well, Flash Gordon is back, in a new comic from my buddy Brendan Deneen. (Brendan is the guy who brought Panic to the attention of The Weinstein Company–Brendan is good people). Brendan’s started his own company, called Ardden Entertainment, and he’s writing a reboot of the Flash Gordon series, with artwork by Paul Green.

This isn’t your parents’ Flash Gordon. In this reimagined version, Flash is a former government operative turned professor. Dale Arden, his significant other, is no damsel in distress; she’s a top-notch CIA agent. And Ming the Merciless is a despot who’s determined to bring peace to the planet Mongo–by killing everyone else, if necessary. (Villains are always so much more interesting when they think they’re noble.)

If you like good old-fashioned adventure with a modern sensibility, give Brendan and Paul’s Flash Gordon a try. You can read it via the iTunes store (do a search there for Flash Gordon), or order copies here, or at any comics or book store.

Flash. . savior of the universe. . .(everybody sing). Congrats to Brendan and Paul on their success.

    { 4 comments… read them below or add one }

    Kristan January 9, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    Don’t take this the wrong way, because I love reboots as much as everyone else, but… do you think it’s weird that so much stuff IS being rebooted? I guess I’ve heard the saying that there’s no new stories anymore, so we’re all just doing our takes on an old format, but sometimes it seems like maybe people (cough cough Hollywood cough cough) aren’t always trying that hard to be original.

    Jeff Abbott January 9, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks for the comment. I have no problem with reboots (done well) because that’s the nature of story: we tell the same stories, again and again, reinventing them for our contexts. Think of how many ways Cinderella has been retold. Or Cyrano. Or the creation stories from the world’s different cultures. Or any of the classic fairy tales. And so it goes.
    It may be happening now just because so many people who grew up with originals are creators now, revisiting their inspirations, but giving them a different take.

    Kristan January 10, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Hmm, that’s a really good point (that the people who grew up with the original are now the creators)!
    And yeah, don’t get me wrong, I love good reboots too. :)

    herbert January 12, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Mr Abbott
    It was with some intrest, that I picked up your book….Cut and Run…as I had written a poem in
    Poetry from an Everyday Man some years ago that
    reflects not only your title, but some insight in
    the life of one of the characters in your book.
    Cut and Run
    When life offers you its treasures
    unconditinal and full. What beast
    within you dares to suggest that these
    are only samples, and you must find
    the rest.
    Its time to cut and run.
    When you have it all and want for
    naught. What madness creeps in to
    create that empty space and drive
    you from this place.
    Its time to cut and run.
    What hand causes you to stumble
    when everythings in place. whose
    heart is it that cant decide when
    to quit the race.
    Whose thoughts determine..
    Its time to cut and run.
    Surely It cant be mine….
    written on the china sea
    december 11, 1993
    Enjoyed the book
    Herbert C. Wyness

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