Barring late delivery (courtesy of UPS' Thanksgiving long weekend), Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #1 is on store shelves now!
It was a genuine pleasure to be invited to add my take to the character's long, rich history, a character who inspired me from a very young age. Hopefully, you'll find something in it to enjoy, as well.
My thanks to Dynamite Entertainment, Alex Ross, Daniel Indro, Simon Bowland, the various hands involved in the coloring, production, and promotion of the book, and most especially to Nick Barucci and Joe Rybandt. This has been a tremendous amount of fun.
Thanks also to the friends and family who offered me encouragement along the way: my wife, Gabrielle; brothers-in-arms Greg Rucka, Brandon Jerwa, Dan Foster, Larry White, Christian Piscopo and probably a dozen other names I'm rudely forgetting at the moment (including Twitter stalwarts Robin LeBlanc, Greg Hyatt, and literally a thousand others); the staff and customers at Olympic Cards & Comics in Lacey, WA; the fine folks at the Corner Café in Raymond, WA (where the bulk of the series has been written, amid generous servings of hot coffee); and to the excellent Brian Truitt, Jason Tudor, William Goodman and Dane Davenport for their continued enthusiasm for this project (and many others I've worked on).
And most especially to my father, Kurt Trautmann, who was dragged to the theater to see the 1980 Flash Gordon film, and never once said "ENOUGH, ALREADY." I'm pretty sure there's a medal owed for that.
Here's a preview of the first issue; best if viewed in "fullscreen" mode. Enjoy!