Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.
Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, April 10, 2012
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
"Morrison and Quitely have the magic touch that makes any book they collaborate on stand out form the rest."-MTV's Splash Page
"The Paul McCartney/John Lennon of comics."--Nashville City Paper
"Writer Grant Morrison and artist Frank Quitely might be the the best one-two punch in comics"--Toronto Metro News
About the Author
Browse the complete series of "The Walking Dead" digital collections and single issues for Kindle. See all.
More About the AuthorsDiscover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.
Top Customer Reviews
Flex's origin is also a hilarious parody of those old Charles Atlas funnybook advertisements. You know: skinny dweeb gets picked on by beach bully, sends away for a muscle-building manual. Only the manual Flex received taught him all sorts of esoteric uses for his muscles; now, each muscle was capable of a different power. For example, flexing his bicep might result in an earthquake, flexing his lats might allow him to see the future. And just to really hammer home the Atlas parody, every time Flex strikes his "hero pose," the words "Hero of the Beach" float above him: the exact same slogan that hovered above the character in the Charles Atlas ads.
The issues of "Doom Patrol" with Flex didn't cause any trouble, and this series, published about 5 years later, didn't either. So what happened? Apparently, an overzealous fan brought the "Flex Mentallo" series to the attention of Charles Atlas Company representatives, more out of a "hey, you guys might think this is funny" attitude than anything else.Read more ›
Fortunately, this book is quite a "Deluxe" edition, as DC/Vertigo applied the Fables Deluxe series standard of quality:
- The paper stock is glossy and heavy weight and the printing quality is great.
- The book features a full-color printed hardback under the dustjacket (unlike the rest of DC/Vertigo HCs that have just a shamelessly dark grey presentation. That's right, dark grey, not even true black).
- It's a solid glued binding book. Of course I would have liked a sewn one, but given that this is a slim volume and there's almost no gutter loss, I can totally live with the glued binding.
Other good things to consider:
- The dustjacket features a new illustration by Frank Quitely, really beautiful.
- The original comics were re-coloured for the ocasion. I'm usually against re-colouring, but in this case I'm happy with the results. The original comics were presented in a typical mid-nineties digital colouring fashion that hasn't aged that well. The new colouring is a great enhancement that respects the original intent, but with a much better use of the tools.
- We get a 14-pages section of extras at the end of the book, with sketches and original artwork by Quitely.
- We also get a 4-pages prologue which was previously featured in issues #2 and #4 of the original series as a 2-part article section.Read more ›
People who aren't intimately familiar with comic book mythos might be a bit confused, if not outright lost, by the sheer volume of references that give this book a lot of its kick. However, there is still a damn good tale about madness, death, isolation, love, magick, the people we could have been and the people we were.
The fact that Morrison manages to cram this into four short comic books is a testament not only to his skill as a writer, but also to the power of the medium.
Of course, that's all a moot point, because due to copyright issues, this trade will probably never be published. Still, if you can find the individual issues, they are well worth it.
But here's the thing, on a second run through I started to consider the possibility that maybe on this occasion Grant Morrison was successful. Maybe what I was reading was one of the best comics I have ever read; one that might even break into my top 10 list that includes comics like Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Kingdom Come. I am so reflexively put off by Morrison's endless attempts at creating a mystical reading experience, an experience that often contains more gibberish than enlightenment that I couldn't see clearly. I absolutely love this book. I've seriously enjoyed other books by Morrison (and despised others) but this one perhaps more than any other really struck home.
Flex Mentallo was created by Morrison way back in 1990 appearing first in the Doom Patrol and then in his own four issue mini-series which is collected here.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nobody ever went looking for the spiritual counterargument to Alan Moore's 'Watchmen' so comic historians brushed right past this masterpiece, content that Moore still had the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Justin Wood
This is the greatest comic most people have never heard. Highly recommend it.Published 5 months ago by Danny Boy
One of the best trade paperbacks I've ever read. In my opinion it was very thought provoking. I highly recommend this for anyone searching for an original, and deep, comic book... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Wayne Gibson
While the story is pure, crazy zaniness from Morrison is it Quietly's artwork that really sells the book. That dude is incredible.Published 11 months ago by Quidom
To be honest I read this a few years ago when I was back in high school. I ordered it on a whim during a time when I was still heavily depressed. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mitchell Bird
Very odd book but I love Morrison and Quitely, especially together. I had expectations for this since it was out of print for so long and in terms of being out there it didn't... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Josh