Remember the myth of King Midas, whose touch turned everything to gold? The Midas Flesh takes that story and runs with it: Midas never had a chance to have second thoughts, because everything that touched anything he touched turned to gold as well, until the entire earth was just one lump of gold. Thousands of years later, a spaceship, crewed by two teenage girls and a talking lizard, enters Earth’s orbit… That’s about as far as it gets in this first issue, as it’s mostly backstory, introducing the crew—Captain Joey, navigator Fatima (nicknamed Fatty), and the lizard, Cooper, as well as King Midas himself, who’s kind of a bro. Writer Ryan North and artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb are the creative team on this comic; if that lineup sounds familiar, it’s because they also do the Adventure Time comics. This story is a fresh take on the space opera genre, and from the first issue it looks like a good pick for middle-grade readers, although it’s really an all ages story. It’s out this week in comics shops and on comiXology. Check out our preview of the first issue and enjoy!
Preview: The Midas Flesh #1
Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good E-Reader.com. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.