Thursday, October 05, 2006

Re-reading FLEX MENTALLO Part 2

This is the Second part of a four-part look at the out-of-print 1996 Flex Mentallo miniseries from Vertigo by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely. Here's part one.

The second issue opens with Wallace Sage in the throes of a bad acid trip. He’s still on the phone, relating a dimly remebered childhood dream. Flex Mentallo continues his quest for The Fact while reminiscing about his old foe, the Mentallium Man, and the many strange transformations he has undergone in past adventures. He encounters a junkie in the thrall of a drug that briefly gives him superpowers before he collapses, babbling. Flex then visits a strange bar where learns of the existence of the Legion of Legions, a forgotten group of crime fighters who may be behind the strange goings-on. As he leaves the bar, he encounters the Mystery Pilgrim, a faceless panhandler who tells him of a teleport tube nearby that will take him to the sattelite HQ of Faculty X and the Legion of Legions. Meanwhile, Wallace Sage continues his monologue, struggling with repressed childhood memories. Something traumatic happened to him years ago, but he can’t remember what it was.

Flex Mentallo in final battle with the deadly Mentallium Man and his orbiting heads of Shocking Pink, Silver, Ultraviolet, lethal Black M and Lamb & Turkey Mentallium spheres. "Part-man, part-robot, part product of a world that wouldn't care, he was surely one of the most terrifying faces in my rogue's gallery."

I like how the ceramic town is drawn all wavy, as if underwater.

I just like the way Quitely staged this page.

A junkie's bad trip, or a vision of things to come?

Some Weisinger-esque Flex transformations.

Killer Kitten: The last word in revealing costumes.

Weirdness in space. A very eerie, chilling sequence.

Quitely delivers in the drunken ranting old man department, too. I love the background details on this page.

Part 3 to come.

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