Midas Flesh #1 Review

by @DocBenway on Dec 19, 2013

Humanoid and dinosaur astronauts rediscover a cursed Earth in North’s new, young-reader friendly, schlocky mini-series.

The Good

Talking dinosaurs serving as science officers with humans on a small space craft: pretty fun. Retelling of Greek mythology with modern lingo: pretty fun. Getting the two concepts to converge into one story? That is a lofty goal Mr. North and I‘ll give you points for the originality of the concept. Art duties are handled by the other members of the Adventure Time creative team, Shelli Paroline and Branden Lamb, who bring their Saturday morning cartoon vibe to this tale. The high point for me was their silent rendition of the Midas/Silenus ten day man-cation. Like Adventure Time, the story line and content are pretty tame by modern standards making this a good pick for younger readers or parents of younger readers that are trying to stoke imaginations without the mature concepts that have seeped into most media.

The Not So Good

While this concept is strong, it falls short and comes off as a bit rushed. North’s dialog, especially amongst the crew of the spaceship, feels like a middle-aged guys projection of teen speak. This wouldn't be tragic if the story bore through, but their exchanges are disjointed and distracting. The most cringe inducing moments involve the hand gestures and gansta-isms of the hijab festooned pilot/gunner as she blows automated defense satellites to bits. Props to North for multiculturalism but that’s about it. While some books do a nice job of organically incorporating 21st century American dialect and cultural elements into futuristic or historic settings (Saga comes to mind) this comes off as forced and a bit hack. I could see how this may appeal to younger readers because it is so direct, but I think I’ll pass.

The Bottom Line

Tweens that like video games and dinosaurs wearing glasses will have fun with this one. I’ll flip through it on the shelf for some quick yuks and waste $3.99 on something else.

2.0 / 5
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Midas Flesh #1
Released December 18, 2013
Writer Ryan North
Artist Shelli Paroline
Cover Artist John Keogh

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