By Ryan North
BOOM! Box, 2014. 128 pages. Graphic Novel. Science Fiction.
A team of three explorers find their way to a deserted planet, entirely covered in gold. The planet is frozen in a single moment of time, frozen in gold at the exact minute King Midas makes his famous wish. As they race to find what they regard as a super weapon, the powerful federation, conqueror of the known galaxy, closes in. At the heart of the story is the Greek myth of King Midas, as the comic conjectures the final result of absolutely everything Midas touched turning to gold. Featuring a talking dinosaur, a sapient slug, and a diverse cast of humans, the Midas flesh is entertaining from start to finish.
Ryan North’s bizarre and charming story meshes well with Paroline and Lamb’s beautiful artwork. Despite some stressful situations, the language is both developed enough for adults and clean and simple enough for children. The plot is typical of the web comic writer; an old story taken to (what could be called its logical) extreme. Funny and thought provoking, The Midas Flesh is worth your time.