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The Midas Flesh Vol. 1

(Midas Flesh #1 to 4)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  545 ratings  ·  96 reviews
Dang, King Midas

We've all heard of the Midas Touch. You know, the Greek myth about the man who did a number on himself by wishing everything he touched to turn to gold? Well, you haven't heard everything.

Joey and her space crew have decided to return to Earth--a planet completely sectioned off, abandoned, and covered in gold--to find out exactly what happened to this once
Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 23rd 2014 by BOOM! Box (first published December 10th 2014)
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Sam Quixote
Dec 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
A few months ago I bought the Boom Studios Humble Bundle, where you get to buy a ton of electronic comics and name your price with the money going towards Humble Bundle, Boom, and/or a named charity its basically a great deal and millions gets raised to help disadvantaged people. I ended up reading one book immediately, disliked it enormously, and promptly put the rest on the backburner.

Its now the end of the year and Ive decided to download nearly everything else (Im not going to read the
Skye Kilaen
Sometimes I feel like describing a book's premise should be enough. For The Midas Flesh, all I want to write is "talking dinosaur is part of revolutionary spaceship crew" and BAM you should be reading this comic!

If that's not enough, how's this? An Evil Empire is crushing planets underfoot. A talking dinosaur uncovers rumors that the Evil Empire has hidden that old planet Earth because it fell victim to a deadly weapon. A rebel starship captain agrees to take the talking dinosaur and an ace
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Pros: good story ideas - well thought out concept, believable conflict between the main characters, fun feel (like North does so well in Squirrel Girl),

Cons: lots of wordy talking - especially egregious in the interstitial moments during fast-paced conflict like an interstellar chase scene, the art doesn't well support the emotions of many scenes or the feel of the book overall, flashback transitions are hard to detect (they could've used a design element like different colour palette, font
NetGalley ARC.

This has been repackaged in 2019 as Midas by BOOM! and I received it from NetGalley. But it the update doesn't exist on Goodreads and I'm not sure why it has been repackaged or reissued but it's now one volume instead of two. This was pretty terrible. The illustrations were great but the story line was really bad. There are bad guys and there are bad good guys and there are good guys. Setting a weapon loose on an entire planet to stop the "bad" guys is a bad guy move. This is a
Drown Hollum
Dec 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The Midas Flesh bumps Ryan North right onto my list of top writers to watch, with an incredible concept, and some amazing dialogue. North's command of his characters and their voices is nothing short of astounding, against an expertly crafted backdrop of space empires and dinosaur astronauts. Paroline and Lamb's playful art delivers Disney-esque designs to North's striking cast of people and starships, establishing a wildly unique tone. These four issues are loaded with more depth than you can ...more
George Harris
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
First collection of the comic, entertaining. Premise is that the legend of King Midas was real, and his curse conducts through touch, so of course the entire Earth turns to gold. Untold centuries pass, and now space rebels want to retrieve his body to use as a weapon against the evil galactic tyrants. Hilarity ensues.
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

The ARC I got is of volumes 1 and 2 put together so I'll review them both here.

This story is so interesting. I'm a big fan of Squirrel Girl but I'd never heard of this comic before by Ryan North. I love the concept of taking mythology and saying "if this thing happened, what might happen thousands of years in the future as a repercussion of that?" and adding in sci-fi elements and dinosaurs. Anything is better
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The premise of this comic is fantastic, and I dont blame Ryan North for working on it for 10 years, just to find the right way to tell it. We all know the story of King Midas, who was both blessed and cursed with the ability to turn things to gold with a single touch. But what if that golden touch was transmuted through objects as well, turning everything that touched an object Midas was touching into gold as well, including air? It wouldnt be long before the whole planet is covered in gold, ...more
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a fairly fascinating look at unintended consequences - in a far future galaxy, Earth exists as a solid gold planet, all due to Midas' golden touch. But a team of resistance fighters stumble on the story and decide they can use Midas as a weapon. The first volume focuses on their search and extraction, as the Federation catches on and catches up to them.

There's a dichotomy in the art style and some of the dialogue, which is very upbeat and feels like it's intended for preteens/teens, and
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
At first glance, The Midas Flesh looked to be another ably written, ably drawn and colored, fun, adventure comic for kids. And, if the gorgeous artwork were all there was to the story, it might be true. However, the addition of interesting characters who experience real and significant consequences to their actions elevate this book far beyond its cutesy art and bright colors.

Take the legend of King Midas, throw in a random act by a capricious god, an evil Federation, politically motivated
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm going to review the series as a whole here, since I just read the whole thing:

OMG IT'S SO AWESOME! And I intentionally say that like a 13-year-old girl, because reading this book totally makes me feel like a little girl. Take a physically ridiculous idea: King Midas. Add in a space opera complete with rebels, space battles, a crazy villain, and a dinosaur in a space helmet. Stir with some hilarious dialogue, and this is what you get. One of the most original, hilarious things I've read in a
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy Ryan North's quirky dialogue. Fun and interesting, I like the art but there are some action panels that were really confusing (high-motion sequences with not enough visual information to parse exactly what's happening--luckily the dialogue eventually made it clear, but ideally the images should be clear enough to understand without dialogue). Still, looking forward to continuing to vol. 2!
Thomas Hale
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A rad and colourful SF comic about a trio of scavengers whose spaceship finds a desolate Earth transformed completely into gold by the legendary King Midas. However, they're not the only ones after the king's remains, and they come up against the forces of an oppressive Galactic Federation. It's fun pulpy science fiction with a neat premise, and Ryan North is a pretty good writer!
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Let me be honest I picked this book up because there was a dinosaur in a space suit on the front. And then there was flashbacks to ancient Greece, and an angry hijabi lady who is a pilot AND a librarian, and a traitorous slug, and an evil empire, and the use of a finger as a weapon of mass destruction.

This comic has everything.
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was ok
Public library copy.

The gold fingerprints on the front and back cover are a cute production touch. The art and coloring were nice. My main criticism would be, for the most part, how heavy the dialogue was, I bet it read great in the script in screenplay mode, but transitioning all the words to the comic's word balloons polluted the panels.
Love love love the premise. Typical of North's writing, it takes a few issues for the characters to develop distinct voices, but that silly humor we all love is there as well as a rollicking sci-fi adventure.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I thought it would be funnier, considering it's written by Ryan North and I think Squirrel Girl is one of the funniest things I've ever read. Will read Vol. 2 with adjusted expectations.
Misha Husnain Ali
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
I really liked the concept here, but I'm not sure the storyline was interesting enough to get me to buy the next volume, so 3/5.
Mariam Ashraf
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sydney Smith
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review. This ARC is a 2019 new release of volumes I & II.

Pros: It starts off really slow and dialogue heavy, but it picks up eventually, a little bit at least. The writing definitely gets better the more you read, and I think Im judging this more harshly because Im a fan of Ryan Norths other work. Overall, this might be a good comic for some junior readers looking for a sci-fi adventure story, I just cant get over how incredibly slow and drawn
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley

The copy I received was volumes 1 and 2 combined, but it has not been added to Goodreads like that so I am going to be writing one review for the whole series and using it for both volumes on here.

volume one rating: 3 stars
volume two rating: 2 stars
overall rating: 2.5 stars

It took me maybe an issue or so to get into this but I did find the first volume pretty enjoyable once I got into the swing of things. The author definitely took the whole
Dakota Morgan
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
I actually read the 8-issue collected series version of Ryan North's tale, called Midas, but I'm not finding it on Goodreads.

In any case, Midas is a weird idea expanded into a surprisingly dark and scientific look at how the universe might end. Essentially, "what if King Midas actually did turn everything he touched to gold?" So, the planet Earth and everything on it immediately turn to gold. Eons later, a rogue spaceship crew take a slice of Midas off Earth to use as a weapon against the
Apr 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
First of all, I love the cover. It's very intriguing. Love the dinosaur in a spacesuit (it prompts so many questions) and the golden fingerprints were a clever touch (wink, wink). Second, every time Cooper says dang, it makes me grin. It's such a funny little colloquial quirk.
I didn't know what to expect out of this comic, honestly, and it took me a while to get into the story. I like the concept of the earth being frozen at basically a single moment in time and connecting that to the Midas
Jul 02, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019
Beautiful concept, amazing characters, spaceships, sci-fi elements & mythology all mixed together to make an entertaining book and being a comic gives this one an upper hand.

The legendary Midas touch which makes everything gold has turned the entire Earth to gold.
3 rebels - Joey, Cooper & Fatima got to know about this forbidden information and try to use this as a weapon against their tyrants. The Federation has a sick villain. So there are action elements here.

One of the three rebels
Review for the compiled release through BOOM, which contained the entire eight issue run.

Im not quite sure what to think, as I feel a lot of the science went over my head completely, especially when it came to discussing densities, neutrons, atoms, etc. it was a bit dialogue-heavy and short on the character development, which would have made it much easier for me to cheer on our intrepid crew. Instead, it just felt like I was along for the ride without having much opinion on the outcome. The
Jul 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good read. A nice quick science fiction story. Lots of exposition which I see a lot of people hate from reading the other reviews. But you would be lost in this story world without someone telling you what was going on. Even with the exposition there are a few not exactly plot holes but some world building that needs to be filled in that would be nice to know (you will know when you hit them no spoilers from me today). But any comic that has non-humans and humans interacting without ...more
Chuck Knudsen
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoy the concept of this book, but I wasn't entirely won over by the execution.

The story of King Midas is real, and as soon as he was granted his boon, the entire earth was turned into gold. Earth has been quarantined and largely forgotten by an oppressive space empire, but one plucky crew learn of this hidden weapon and go to retrieve it.

I'm going to read Volume 2 to see where it goes.
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This story is a mash-up of science fiction and mythology, and it manages to pull these two different genres together successfully. The art is light and fluffy as is the case with most BOOM! Box titles, and it is very attractive. In particular, the depictions of Midas' Greece are a lot of fun to look at. Also, after reading this, I want more comics with dinosaurs in spacesuits. As for the story, it has a darkness to it that doesn't quite match the art style.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book; it's one of the more unusual ones I've read recently, but that just makes me more intrigued to find out what happens. I particularly enjoy the art style, and love that it contains two of my favourite things; dinosaurs and space!

If you want a fun, quirky read and won't spend too much time questioning 'why' in regards to the plot, you'll enjoy this one.

I'll definitely be getting the next volume!
Penny Ramirez
Oct 05, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

This was interesting. I liked the concept - wouldn't Midas have turned the whole entire planet to gold? What would happen in the future to explorers from other planets?

I love North's dialogue, and the artwork was fun. I'll probably pick up the rest of the series, just to see if Joey can really save everyone.
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