Ok so I have only scene the 80's movie and some of the B/W serial, so I dont know how true it is to the original.
At first I felt they made Flash Gordon to much of a Renaissance man but
1) They do exist
2) Its a comic
It well written, the art work is like high end animation. Everything is like a pitcher from a movie.
Thats all I'm willing to say, as you will hate me for telling you more.
Also when ordering this, get "Flash Gordon: The Secret History of Mongo" also by Ardden Entertainment
It takes place after the Flash Gordon: The Mercy War TPB but before the new series
FLASH GORDON: INVASION OF THE RED SWORD (not out yet).
Its a stand alone Graphic novel, but worth having. Tells about Plant Mogos History, and foreshadowing of things to come.