Monday, January 17, 2011

Manic Monday!

It's the start of the week, and there's a lot to do. Let's get started... it's Manic Monday!


In geek news, there's new photos up for the movie versions of Captain America, Thor and the X-Men. They all look pretty cool. The mash-up/ Photoshop train wreck of the X-men photo is pretty damn awkward, and I'm not really excited about Azazael, the female Angel or Mystique, Jr.

....Other than that, said Mrs. Lincoln, the play was fine...


Flex Mentallo is a comic from the mid-90's that not only doesn't suck (as most material from that decade does, on average), it also holds up extremely well as one of the Best. Comic. Stories. Ever.

It was written by Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly, and really that should be all the recommendation you need. (Really, have they put out anything that was less than excellent? I can't think of anything) The book was in legal limbo for a long time, due to the origin of the protagonist being essentially a panel for panel take on that old Charles Atlas "Hero of the Beach" ad in comics fifty or so years ago.

The rights and moneys have been sorted out for a few years now, and it's a bit of a mystery as to why DC Comics has sat on this book. Well... they're sitting no longer! (The link is to a rather excellent NPR comic piece in whole; the Flex bits are towards the bottom) It's due for release in the fall, and I will be first in line at the store.

I've read the books, which had a minuscule print run and, due to never being reprinted, command big bucks on sites like eBay, and they are really very, very excellent. This should be a no-brain purchase. Put aside some money now and then make room next to Dark Knight, Watchman and All-Star Superman.


After all that, you had to know that a Flex Mentallo sketch was coming right? It was fun to play with such an over-the-top musculature. Hoorah for Flex! (The bit of dialogue is from the mini-series.

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