Flex Mentallo

Flex Mentallo

Man of Muscle Mystery

Graphic Novel - 2012
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Collected for the first time, an early classic from the ALL-STAR SUPERMAN team of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely, newly recolored.

Once he was Hero of the Beach . . . and of the Doom Patrol. Now Flex Mentallo, the Man of Muscle Mystery, returns to investigate the sinister dealings of his former comrade, The Fact, and a mysterious rock star whose connection to Flex may hold the key to saving them both.

This fast-paced tale twists super hero tropes, introducing one mind-boggling concept after another in a tour de force of innovative storytelling.

This long-asked-for Vertigo title is collected at last, presenting an early collaboration between writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely, who would win much acclaim on ALL-STAR SUPERMAN and WE3.

Publisher: New York : Vertigo/DC Comics, c2012.
Edition: Deluxe ed.
ISBN: 9781401232214
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIX FICTION MOR
Characteristics: [128] p. : chiefly col. ill. ; 29 cm.
Alternative Title: Man of muscle mystery

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Mark_Daly May 24, 2013

A distillation of Morrison's thematic preoccupations circa 1996, this neglected four-issue miniseries kept fans haunting the back-issue bins for 16 years. By the time it received a hardcover reprinting in English, Morrison had published his prose book, SUPERGODS, which covers the same conceptual territory. Both books also include dollops of autobiography, which makes FLEX now seem like a graphic novel adaptation of the later work, even though it was written first -- a fitting conundrum, as the comic book is a blizzard of multiple storylines that may or may not jump through time and/or intersect. It's a bit over-rich, which slows the momentum: the ending is a thought-provoking commentary on superhero genres, but Morrision takes his time getting there.

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klutzrick
Jan 10, 2013

Inspired by the long-running Charles Atlas "The Insult that made a Man out of Mac" comic book advertisements, popular 1996 four issue series languished uncollected thanks largely to a Charles Atlas company trademark infringement suit. The suit was eventually thrown out citing fair use in a parody, freeing the way for this collection. Flex Mentallo, refugee from another reality, fights crime using "muscle mystery." He can literally manipulate reality by flexing his muscles. Suddenly other elements from Mentallo's home world pop up, spawning his quest for the truth. Simultaneously, in typical Morrison fashion, a despondent, drug-addled artist struggles with his own reality issues. In their first collaboration, Quitely's lush art beautifully illustrates the bizarre twists and turns of Morrison's tale. Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery reinforces why Morrison and Quitely (All Star Superman, Batman and Robin, JLA: Earth 2, We3, New X-Men) are the best and most reliable tandem in comics today.

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