Friday, November 10, 2006

Re-reading FLEX MENTALLO Part 3

This is the third 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 1
Here's Part 2

Lightning flashes and a cold rain comes down as Flex Mentallo's search for his missing teammate, the Fact and the lost superhero team the Legion of Legions leads him into an underground superhero sex club, where garishly costumed superhumans engage in decidedly unheroic, sweaty activities. Flex is obviously uncomfortable, but continues through, until the weird heroes close in and drag him down. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Harry's wife has succumbed to cancer, and with little else to do, he sets out to find and help Flex, enlisting a supervillain named the Hoaxer to help. Wallace Sage realizes that the memory he’s suppressed all this time was a meeting with a real superhero, Lord Limbo.

A nice dramatic splash of the one and only Flex Mentallo, Man of Muscle Mystery.

It's all a hoax. The Hoaxer knows the score.

This is an amazing, moody page. I like how the crazy technicolor "Walter Ego vs. the Counting Tree" showdown panel offsets the gloominess of the present day scenes. Faculty X! I'm not sure if it's intentional, but this page has a strong Dave Gibbons/Watchmen vibe going on.

A nice, telling moment between the Harry and the Hoaxer. I really liked Harry in this series, and he and the Hoaxer paired made for some excellent scenes.

I'm running out of ways to say "Quitely's art is brilliant", but it is. Great layout on this page, and check out the Grasshopper Girl. Wild.

Probably NSFW, by the way.

Wallace Sage: Still trippin'. That skeleton tossing the bombs is fantastic.

Finally, Sage remembers what had been eluding him: a childhood encounter with Lord Limbo.

Coming soon: The conclusion of Again With the Comics four part look at Flex Mentallo. Three down, one to go!

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