|We Three Kings|
As much as I hate to say it, I will likely be buying a Dynamite Comic this fall. The news that Dynamite will be teaming up the iconic King Features trio of The Phantom, Flash Gordon, and Mandrake the Magician will get me to travel where haters-of-pointless-endless-alternate-covers fear to tread. Also of interest is that the writer is Jeff Parker, who wrote some of the last comics I really liked from Marvel, specifically the very clever and intriguing Agents of Atlas books. So Parker has a nice track record with this stuff which gives me hope it won't suck too much. He talks about the upcoming project dubbed "Kings Watch" here. It's mentioned that he created the logo, which I like a lot. That kind of attention to detail speaks well of what he has planned.
|Marc Laming Jungle Action|
The artwork for Kings Watch by Marc Laming looks to be pretty good too, if not my ideal. The characters appear to be pretty much on the classic models with an eye for movement and action.
|Ramon Perez Alternate Cover|
Putting this trio together makes sales sense, but actually could make for a haphazard story. Defenders of the Earth was a lot of fun, but I definitely relegate it to the kiddie cartoon category. I expect a bit more from comic books like this. Phantom and Mandrake can work together fairly straightforwardly, but Flash could might bend the premises of both a bit much. We'll have to see. I very much look forward to seeing what Parker and company can come up with.