The Midas Flesh #1

The Midas Flesh #1

Writer: Ryan North Artist: Shelli Paroline Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: December 18, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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WHY WE LOVE IT: We have been having so much fun with writer Ryan North (Dinosaur Comics, To Be Or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure) on ADVENTURE TIME that we couldn't resist the opportunity to publish a new original idea of his. And it is original.
WHY YOU'LL LOVE IT: We've all heard of The Midas touch. You know, the Greek Mythology about the man who did a number on himself by wishing for everything he touched to turn to gold? Who better to turn that tale on its head with a heavy dose of scifi than Ryan North? Also, did we mention the Utahraptor?
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Fatima and her space crew 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.

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Dec 11, 2013

    Powered by a creative team that shares credits on "Adventure Time," this comic book is not at all stymied by a lack of imagination. I'm not exactly sure what the space travelers have to do with the origins of King Midas, but the hook has been baited and I've been hooked. "The Midas Flesh" #1 is a bizarrely familiar, but reverently and humorously modernized fable intertwined with an apparent space opera that happens to feature a Utahraptor. BOOM! Box has given readers a solid first offering that feels like an underground independent success in the making. The best part? This is, so very clearly, just the beginning. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson Dec 18, 2013

    Overall, The Midas Flesh is an intriguing opening chapter to what should be an interesting tale, and Im definitely going to be sticking around to see what happens next.  And with this new Boom! Box imprint seemingly dedicating itself to allowing established creator to cut loose and have some fun with somewhat out there ideas, Im excited to find out what they have in store in the future.  Well worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Dec 27, 2013

    Ryan North has come up with a unique twist on this story and it's one I didn't see coming (and kudos to artist Shelli Paroline for a very cool visual on page 5). There's a story to be told behind each of the halves of that page, as well as what happened in the intervening time between the two halves of page 5. That I'm very excited to see what happens next is the best indication of a successful 1st issue. The art style is simple but expressive, there is an animated feel to it and kinetic feeling to the scenes with Cooper, Joey, and Fatima as they approach their destination as well as a proper bacchanalian feel to the scenes with Midas leading up to the second miracle. Well done all around, I'm on board to see where North will be taking us in the remainder of the series! Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Gregory Paul Silber Dec 19, 2013

    Fans of Ryan North's comedic work may be disappointed by the slow-burning science fiction of The Midas Flesh #1, but with its ambitious ideas, snappy dialogue, and delightful artwork, there's ample reason to believe that patient readers will be rewarded for coming back for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Rhymes With Geek - Ben Penfold-Marwick Dec 21, 2013

    The quirk of it all might grate some, while others will latch onto it immediately. I think Im somewhere in between the two, but the storyline is solid, the characters are fun, and Im definitely going to read the next issue to see what happens. This is one of eight, and as much as I love superhero books from the Big Two, sometimes its nice to begin reading a comic book story knowing that the end is planned and not that far away. You can trust that the writer is plotting out the events in such a way that all will be resolved. I think science-fiction fans, and especially Adventure Time and Dinosaur Comics fans, should check this out. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Geeked Out Nation - Mike Okeke Dec 18, 2013

    Whilst not a very good start there is enough in here to warrant giving the title a second chance next issue. It may be that the story will be fleshed out a little more and be worth struggling through not so great artwork but that remains to be seen. From a creative coalition which have done such a good job already at Boom! Studios it really is a crying shame that this comic didn't deliver that same sense of fun and adventure. If you are looking for silly and fun all ages comics you could definitely do better, but it is worth giving them the benefit of the doubt and trusting it will improve. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Dec 17, 2013

    Overall, The Midas Flesh is a good read. It might not be for everybody, but its fun and interesting and its differentsomething that the comic industry always needsand its something thats definitely worth a look. If this is what BOOM! Box is going to be releasing, were in for some awesome stuff from this new imprint. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - James Anders II Dec 18, 2013

    Overall impressions of this issue, I would say not bad. It held my interest, was pretty to look at, and I am curious to see what will become of our three as it looks like they will be encountering some possible threats that will make what looks like a simple mission thus far, into a blistering action story. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    GoCollect - @DocBenway Dec 19, 2013

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

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