FLASH GORDON #1-8 (Jeff Parker / Evan Shaner)

Après Kings Watch, le scénariste Jeff Parker poursuit sa relecture des vieux briscards du “comic-strips” avec “Flash Gordon #1”, une nouvelle série sur le héros de la Science-Fiction imaginé par Alex Raymond. Il travaillera en collaboration avec le talentueux Evan “Doc” Shaner.

La sortie du premier numéro est prévue pour avril.

[quote]Official Press Release

Dynamite proudly announces that writer Jeff Parker (Batman '66) will continue the science fiction thrills of a science fiction legend in Flash Gordon #1, a new ongoing series illustrated by Evan “Doc” Shaner (Deadpool) and featuring the colors of Jordie Bellaire (Pretty Deadly). Slated to debut in April 2014, Flash Gordon marks the 80th anniversary of the fictional icon, follows Parker’s critically acclaimed Kings Watch miniseries, and includes beloved cast members Dale Arden, Dr. Hans Zarkov, and the infamous Ming the Merciless.

“Dynamite and editor Nate Cosby have put together the dream team for Flash Gordon, and I’m the lucky writer who gets to work with them,” says Jeff Parker. “We’re bringing Flash back for a new audience. It’s over-the-planet high action and adventure where Flash’s spirit and optimism are as powerful as anything the forces of Ming the Merciless can dish out. We also have some of my favorite artists contributing covers - make no mistake, this book is going to absolutely kill!”

The new Flash Gordon series places the ultimate sci-fi hero on the bizarre planet Mongo, where his thirst for thrills and danger makes him the perfect weapon against world-breaking Ming the Merciless and his awful inter-planetary swarms of terror. Can the cocksure Man From Earth funnel his overconfidence into saving worlds, or will the universe fall to Ming?

Dynamite has assembled a team of three highly respected creators for the new Flash Gordon series, individuals whose recent comics work has made their names instantly recognizable to fans. Writer Jeff Parker’s recent successes at DC Comics - including Aquaman and the retro-chic Batman '66, follow his many years as a contributor to Marvel titles including Agents of Atlas, X-Men: First Class, and Hulk. Evan “Doc” Shaner will bring his kinetic visual style seen in Deadpool and Ghostbusters to the Flash Gordon project, just as Jordie Bellaire will bring the coloring flair she’s known for on such titles as Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel, and The Rocketeer.

Flash Gordon #1 will feature a wide selection of cover variants, presented by some of comics’ most talented artists: Gabriel Hardman, Jonathan Case, Declan Shalvey, and Marc Laming. Stephen Mooney provides a special 80th Anniversary Cover, illustrated to capture an aesthetic of the bygone golden era, while Ken Haeser provides a cute Subscription-Only Variant Cover of “Li’l Flash”, intended as a reward for dedicated fans who preorder with their local comic shop retailers. A Blank Authentix Cover will be created for the first issue, featuring blank white space on the cover perfect for convention artist commissions or the creative whims of the do-it-yourself fan.[/quote]

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Le site de l’éditeur: dynamite.com
Le blog du dessinateur: docshaner.com

Voici les deux premières pages de “Flash Gordon #1” réalisées par Evan Shaner:

Source: www.comicsalliance.com

Oh, ça m’intéresse beaucoup, ça…

[quote=“Evan Shaner”]It’s high adventure. I’d already signed on, but Jeff totally hooked me in by describing Flash as “unblinkingly optimistic.” He faces down any challenge with a smile, without giving it two thoughts. He’s up for anything.

“The Iron Giant” score by Michael Kamen. James Horner’s score for “The Rocketeer.” That would actually fit quite well for “Flash Gordon.” “Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow” is on here. “John Carter.”[/quote]

[size=150]INTERVIEW DU DESSINATEUR EVAN SHANER[/size]

[quote=“Jeff Parker”]I felt the problem people have had in approaching recent version of Flash are because they treat the character as venerable, having been around so long and being one of the primary leads of this kind of escapist fiction. I thought to blast all that away we needed to make Flash the new guy, with no experience just a lot of skill and achiever attitude. He flies against conventional wisdom, especially on points like “Ming cannot be defeated.”

His dad was a character in radio first I think, then added into the newspapers. Mr. Gordon sees his son as a big disappointment, legacy-wise. He wanted him to run Gordon Enterprise, be a pioneer of business, a magnate. But Flash cares about everything that isn’t important that way. He excels at archaic sports like fencing and polo, and travels the world to go diving and mountain climbing and caving. None of it adds up to much on Earth, but on Mongo it makes him THE force to be reckoned with. He’s the right guy for the time and place.[/quote]

[size=150]INTERVIEW DU SCÉNARISTE JEFF PARKER[/size]

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[quote]Flash Gordon #1
Story by Jeff Parker
Art by Evan Shaner
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Gabriel Hardman, Jonathan Case, Declan Shalvey, Marc Laming
Publisher Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, April 9th, 2014
Flash Gordon never fit in on Earth. But on the bizarre planet MONGO, Flash’s thirst for thrills and daring danger makes him the perfect weapon against world-breaking Ming the Merciless and his awful inter-planetary swarms of terror! Can the cocksure Man From Earth funnel his overconfidence into saving worlds, or will the universe fall to Ming? Don’t miss out on THE most exciting ongoing series of 2014 by dream team Jeff Parker (Batman '66, Aquaman), Evan “Doc” Shaner (Deadpool, Ghostbusters) and Jordie Bellaire (Pretty Deadly, Captain Marvel)![/quote]

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

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[quote]FLASH GORDON #2
Written by: Jeff Parker.
Art by: Evan Shaner.
Covers by: Marc Laming, Roberto Castro, Ken Haeser.
Description: As Flash’s heroic reputation grows across the cosmos, his fantastic talents are tested by the Beast Men of the Outer Lands of Arboria!
Pages: 32.
Price: $3.99.
In stores: May 21. [/quote]

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Source: www.comicscontinuum.com

Ci-dessous, deux pages de Flash Gordon #3:

[size=150]INTERVIEW DE LA COLORISTE JORDIE BELLAIRE[/size]

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[quote]Flash Gordon #3
Story by Jeff Parker
Art by Evan Shaner
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Cover by Marc Laming
Publisher Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, June 25th, 2014
THE MAN FROM EARTH vs. THE BEAST-MEN OF ARBORIA! Flash must be crushed in public to prove that all those who oppose Ming shall perish! Will Flash’s wits and wiles win the day, or might Ming massacre his menace? Full-throttle space epic action from dream team JEFF PARKER (Batman ’66, Aquaman), EVAN SHANER (Adventures of Superman) and JORDIE BELLAIRE (Moon Knight)![/quote]

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Source: www.comicbookresources.com

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[quote]Flash Gordon #4
Story by Jeff Parker
Art by Evan Shaner
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover by Marc Laming
Publisher Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, August 6th, 2014
JEFF PARKER (Batman ’66, Aquaman), EVAN SHANER (Adventures Of Superman) & JORDIE BELLAIRE (Moon Knight) bring the thrilling first Flash arc to a stunning conclusion! Can Flash Gordon harness the awesome antigravity ore in Prince Barin’s Arboria, and lead the masses against Ming The Merciless?[/quote]

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

[quote]Flash Gordon #5
Story by Jeff Parker
Art by Sandy Jarrell, Richard Case, Evan Shaner, Jordie Bellaire
Cover by Marc Laming
Publisher Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, August 27th, 2014
BRAND NEW ARC! SAME CREATIVE DREAM TEAM!!! JEFF PARKER (Batman ’66, Aquaman), EVAN “DOC” SHANER (Adventures Of Superman) & JORDIE BELLAIRE (Moon Knight) take Flash to Sky City, as The Man From Earth battles against the Hawkmen under rule of Ming The Merciless! How’s one man supposed to save a galaxy? Simple…punch stuff and keep smiling! Find out why IGN says “If you are starting a list of best comics of 2014, make sure you leave room for Flash Gordon #1!”[/quote]

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

[quote]FLASH GORDON #6
STORY BY Jeff Parker
ART BY Evan Shaner
COVER BY Marc Laming
PUBLISHER Dynamite Entertainment
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE Wed, October 15th, 2014
Smile, you’re saving the universe! Flash Gordon and Dale Arden and Professor Zarkov are taking apart Ming The Merciless’ empirr
piece-by-piece, and having a ball doing it…if only Ming wasn’t thinking 25 steps ahead… Come aboard for the grandest adventure of 2014, courtesy of JEFF PARKER (Batman ’66, Aquaman), EVAN SHANER (Adventures of Superman) & JORDIE BELLAIRE (Moon Knight)![/quote]

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

[quote] FLASH GORDON ANNUAL 2014

Written by: Various.

Art by: Various.

Cover by: Marc Laming.

Description: 48 story pages! Five stories, all tying in to the flash gordon ongoing series! Kid Flash - Teenage Flash’s daring & dumb misadventures! Dale Arden - Hero of the science desk! Professor Zarkov - Drunken rocket scientist of the future! Shark Princess - Royal tribulations on one of Ming’s many conquered underwater worlds! Baby Flash - What kind of trouble did Flash get into before he was even out of diapers!? A cavalcade of fantastic fun featuring Jeff Parker, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker and Chris Eliopoulos.

Pages: 48.

Price: $7.99.

In stores: Nov. 26. [/quote]

Source: www.comicscontinuum.com

[quote]Flash Gordon 7

STORY BY
Jeff Parker
ART BY
Evan Shaner
COVER BY
Marc Laming
PUBLISHER
Dynamite Entertainment
COVER PRICE:
$3.99
RELEASE DATE
Wed, December 10th, 2014

We can’t tell you what happens in this issue. Sorry. We’ll say that Jeff Parker (Aquaman! Batman ’66!) wrote it, Evan Shaner (Adventures Of Superman!) drew it, Jordie Bellaire (Moon Knight!) colored it… and Flash Gordon is involved. But trust us… you don’t want us to spoil what happens. (Note: It is 95 trillion pounds of awesome in a ten-pound space bag!)[/quote]

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[size=200]INTERVIEW DU SCENARISTE JEFF PARKER[/size]

[quote]Flash Gordon #8
Story by Jeff Parker
Art by Evan Shaner
Cover by Marc Laming
Publisher Dynamite Entertainment
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date Wed, January 28th, 2015
This is the end. The final issue by super-team Jeff Parker, Evan Shaner, and Jordie Bellaire! Flash, Dale, and Zarkov may have finally figured out a way back to Earth! But will Ming’s forces follow? Are their adventures over? Find out in the astounding final issue of Flash Gordon![/quote]

Source: www.comicbookresources.com

J’ai lu l’intégralité de cette série…et j’ai juste adoré. De la S.F. lumineuse, des aventures bondissantes, pleine d’imagination, le genre qui laissent en permanence un sourire sur le visage pendant la lecture.
Je n’ai pas encore pu lire la mini-série Kings Watch, dont les événements, d’après ce que j’ai compris, précèdent ceux de ce titre. Mais ce n’est pas gênant. Après un court flashback, on prend le train en marche et Jeff Parker emmène le lecteur dans l’action et distille les détails qu’il faut quand il faut sans jamais perdre le rythme. La narration est fluide, la caractérisation est pleine d’humour et les péripéties ont la saveur d’un bon vieux strip de presse ou d’un bon vieux serial. Du pur fun…et comme en plus les planches sont de toute beauté, c’est aussi un régal pour les yeux. Je suis un grand fan des dessins de Evan “Doc” Shaner…c’est beau, élégant, dynamique, expressif, les cases s’enchaînent avec clarté…ça fait plaisir ces dessinateurs qui savent encore construire une planche sans embrouiller la lecture. Et les couleurs de Jordie Bellaire sont encore une fois superbes et parfaitement adaptées aux dessins de Shaner.
Je reste un peu réservé sur le dernier épisode, que j’ai trouvé un peu précipité (peut-être à cause de la mise en chantier des différentes mini-séries sur les personnages de la King Features Syndicate), mais rien qui ne gâche vraiment l’expérience.
C’était vraiment très, très chouette !

Pareil que le Doc.
Je suis un grand fan de Shaner (un autre disciple de Toth, et d’ailleurs il le citait comme son exemple quand il a commencé ces épisodes : c’est assez savoureux que, en quelque sorte, Toth soit associé à “Flash Gordon” car il détestait Alex Raymond, trouvant qu’il dessinait de manière trop précieuse) et j’aime bien Parker (qui reste assez sobre). La mise en couleurs de Bellaire est merveilleuse.

Le seul bémol concerne en effet la fin qui est un peu précipitée, sans doute pour préparer le terrain au crossover suivant avec Flash Gordon, le Fantôme, Mandrake… Mais on se console avec les bonus du tpb, qui sont vraiment copieux.

Je me demande où on va retrouver Shaner : il a aussi dessiné “Convergence Shazam” (parfait pour LE fan de Captain Marvel qu’il est), toujours sur un scénario de Parker. Il devait dessiner “1872”, tie-in à “Secret Wars”, écrit par Duggan (et finalement mis en images par Nik Virella), mais il a juste signé les characters designs car il était trop fatigué. Il avait laissé entendre que ce n’était que partie remise avec Marvel et comme il reste des titres à annoncer pour “All-New, all-different Marvel”, j’espère qu’il aura une belle série (“Black Widow” ?).