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A Recommendation

bunglespleen:

Jade here.

We’ve flung a lot of negativity around on Bunglespleen recently (though in our defense we’re still just emerging from the rocky early years of the Hugos), so I thought I would take a moment while we’re between books to direct your attention to something that I believe should be up for a Hugo in 2015, because recommending everything that I love is kind of how I relate to people.

I’m talking about The Midas Flesh, a comic written by Ryan North with art by Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb, the last issue of which is out today. It’s an eight-part science fiction series about a ragtag trio of misfits out to use the body of King Midas as a weapon against their friendly local totalitarian galactic government. One of them is a dinosaur (yes. A dinosaur). The other two are human women, one of whom wears a hijab. There is so much representation here that I can hardly breathe.

But that wouldn’t matter if the comic itself was bad. It’s not. It’s frighteningly good. If you want to study pacing and story construction, The Midas Flesh would make an excellent primer. In many ways, it’s like an old movie serial where the heroes are left dangling over a precipice or tied to a heap of dynamite at the end of each episode, but just like Raiders of the Lost Ark did, it takes those elements and transmutes them into something wonderful. Every crisis grows organically from what we know of this world and its people; unlike some serials, which are like playing baseball in the dark, every curveball here is thrown by a pitcher you can see.

The dialogue is sharp and funny, but heartbreaking when it needs to be. The characters are distinctive and sympathetic: North puts them through some pretty painful twists, but even while they’re doing desperate, morally ambiguous things, we know exactly where they’re coming from and why they, for instance, just turned a starship full of people to gold. You could make the argument that The Midas Flesh is an extended meditation on the uses and abuses of force. When is it justified? When, if ever, is it necessary? The characters themselves argue about this, but it’s never dull: everyone has their own viewpoint, so instead of a dry philosophical debate, we learn something about the person speaking, and we care even more.  

The art is clean and gorgeous, and at least once an issue I find myself just sitting and admiring the use of color. It would be so easy to make this story look bleak and cold; it does, after all, involve the constant risk of death, dismemberment, and planetary destruction. (Spoiler: all of them happen at least once.) But the lines and colors are smooth and warm. This is not a future where everyone oozes cynicism like tar.

And it’s just plain fun.

If you want to check it out, you can go to midasflesh, where they have previews of every issue, or pick it up at your local comics store, which is what I’ll be doing today.

(Note that this isn’t a paid ad or anything; I just really want everyone to read the comic. If I got paid every time I told a person to read/watch/listen to a thing I love, I could buy Google.)

Jade out.

Aw, this is awesome.  Glad you liked the book, Jade! :)

Last time we checked in with “The Midas Flesh”, it was just over halfway through its run and going strong. So far as super-weapons go, the Midas touch is a pretty novel concept; but more than novel, this series from the Boom! Box imprint exhibited a solid sense of fun. This quality is as striking as ever as this final chapter sends us home. By Multiversity Comic’s review of our last issue!  The review ends with “This will be an excellent read in trade.”  HEY HERE’S SOME GOOD NEWS: those trades will exist!  Issues 1-4 and issues 4-8 are going to be collected in two books.  We’ll be sure to post when those are out!

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Hi, Mr. North! I just finished reading Midas Flesh #8 like, literally 5 minutes ago, and I was wondering what the most challenging part of working on that series was?

ryannorth:

Having all the pieces fit together!  I actually wrote the whole series all at once, because I wanted to ensure that it would work, and doing it in one giant two-month sprint gave me the option of being able to change something in Issue 5 if I found I needed it different in Issue 8.  

This is different from how I normally work in comics: generally Issue 1 is already out while I’m working on, say, Issue 3.  So things get set in stone much sooner! 

Also, having it all done when Issue 1 hit stands meant I had up to eight months to revise and polish the other issues, which always produces a stronger work!

HEY EVERYONE, ISSUE EIGHT CAME OUT YESTERDAY, CHECK IT OUT

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ryannorth:

Oh hey, by the way, no big deal but the final issue of The Midas Flesh has an Andrew Hussie variant cover!
Or, as Bleeding Cool put it, Speculation Corner: Variant Cover For Midas Flesh #8 About To Skyrocket:

No one has it available on eBay. Boom didn’t talk it up in Previews, nor did any of the creators involved actually mention it was coming. But today, a variant cover is being released that went totally under the radar and is likely to be worth way more than anyone ever expected.


Fear just makes his magic stronger!

ryannorth:

Oh hey, by the way, no big deal but the final issue of The Midas Flesh has an Andrew Hussie variant cover!

Or, as Bleeding Cool put it, Speculation Corner: Variant Cover For Midas Flesh #8 About To Skyrocket:

No one has it available on eBay. Boom didn’t talk it up in Previews, nor did any of the creators involved actually mention it was coming. But today, a variant cover is being released that went totally under the radar and is likely to be worth way more than anyone ever expected.

Fear just makes his magic stronger!

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panelsonpages:

Second up from Boom! is the finale we’re kinda sad to see. Simply because this has been tremendous.

Solicitation info below:

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The Midas Flesh #8 (FINAL ISSUE)

Writer(s): Ryan North
Artist(s): Braden Lamb, Shelli Paroline

Ladies and gentlemen, the end is nigh… of THE MIDAS FLESH, that is. Our crew has done everything in their power to stop the universe from ending from the Midas curse, but were their efforts enough? Tune in for this finale that’s so crazy, you wouldn’t believe us if we spoiled it for you right now.

Out today, everyone!  LAST ISSUE :0

North has taken an incredibly tricky concept — one of a weapon (the Midas Flesh) that has a power so intense and far reaching that it’s difficult to calculate — and crafted an absolutely engaging and heart-stopping mini-series. Though this series was strong right out of the gate, it was hard not to be skeptical that the team could continue to deliver with such a complicated weapon at its heart, but deliver they have. By CBR’s review of Issue 7!  Awesome!

I have been real tentative to give this story a 5 star as I just couldn’t get over the sense that the story didn’t know if it wanted to be an adult story or a child’s story. I now realize that North wanted it to be both as the kids from the opening issue quite literally grow up as things move forward. These kids are now full-fledged adults and the whole of everything hangs in the balance as we approach the grand conclusion to what has been a fresh slice of joy in my comic reading. By CB’s review of Issue 7!  Glad we could win you over, James - and thanks for the 5-star review! :)