ADVANCE REVIEW: Flash Gordon – Kings Cross #1: Pulpy, High-Flying Adventure

ADVANCE REVIEW: Flash Gordon – Kings Cross #1: Pulpy, High-Flying Adventure

Sometimes modern comics have trouble capturing the simple, earnest feeling of high adventure that was a regular fixture of earlier eras. The 1980s saw comics embrace greater complexity and today’s comics have embraced ongoing character continuity similar to television. But one area which modern comics has difficulty embracing is how much fun a kind of silly and openly pulpy adventure can be. Flash Gordon – Kings Cross #1 has no such difficulty. And while the…

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QOTD: Why Are Pulp Characters Timeless?

QOTD: Why Are Pulp Characters Timeless?

Between Jeff Parker’s Flash Gordon and Mark Millar’s Starlight, it seems that pulp heroes are all the rage in modern indie comics. What is it about these characters and their themes which keeps drawing creators to them? Josh EpsteinJosh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.More…

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QOTD: Do Pulp Heroes Still Resonate?

QOTD: Do Pulp Heroes Still Resonate?

From The Shadow to Starlight to Flash Gordon and Shutter, comics are in the midst of a resurgence of characters and themes which first came to prominence nearly a century ago. Do these characters still intrigue you, or are their concepts dated beyond repair? Josh EpsteinJosh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor,…

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ADVANCE SCOUT: Pulp Themes in the Modern Age

ADVANCE SCOUT: Pulp Themes in the Modern Age

SITUATION: This week’s list will be shorter than usual, not because there are any fewer excellent titles from the independent sphere, but because of how few of those titles are what one would consider friendly to new readers. Image mounts an impressive lineup with new issues of some of their best ongoing series, but only offers up one new series this week, which has become something of a rarity. The other publishers seem to have…

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