Midas is a wild ride through space and time, following a crew of mercenaries as they attempt to discover a game-changing weapon. Their destination is Earth, a long dead planet that’s covered in gold. The graphic novel takes the King Midas myth we all know and extends it in a terrifying direction. This isn’t a wealth-giving ability with a way to reverse the effects. It’s a universe killing weapon that accidentally turns Earth into a solid gold, lifeless planet.
I was fascinated at the direction the story took. To start, this is a diverse universe filled with interesting planets and species. One of the crew members is a raptor with advanced degrees from a planet that was ravaged by the Federation. Much of the universe is human-like, despite the early demise of Earth during ancient times. What begins as an adventurous mission to a dangerous planet becomes a sinister plot to rule the universe once and for all. Usage of Midas’ abilities continue to escalate until an ending that is still hard to fathom. We get to a universal, life-defining level in the narrative, leading to a truly epic conclusion.
The originality is stunning, especially when giving life to an old myth that seems pretty played out. This takes the Midas touch to a molecular level, causing atmospheres to turn to gold dust and black holes to solidify. There is no whimsy to this usage of the myth, and I’m just fascinated by that approach. It drives home the moral of the original story tenfold.
Overall, Midas is an entertaining read, complete with top-notch artwork and a story that surprises at every turn. It’s a fast-paced adventure barreling toward a conclusion you’ll never see coming.
Written by Ryan North
Art by Shelli Paroline, Braden Lamb
Published by BOOM! Box
NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.