Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery (2012, originally 1996)- Grant Morrison
Verdict: Read it!
Though discontinued after its original publication due to legal issues, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s four issue spin-off from Doom Patrol is easily one of the best comic book series I’ve ever read. Flex, the character, is a parody of real life cheetah spotted brief wearing body builder Charles Atlas and his muscle building advertisements. He is also a parody of all macho superheroes in general. But the comic is much more than that. Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery is a hilarious, insightful, and mind-bending commentary on various comic book “ages” as well as comic book readers in general.
Note: I really do mean “mind-bending”. If you aren’t knowledgable on any of the topics mentioned above, read up first or you will be lost.
If you are at least moderatlely knowledgable on these subjects, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a comic book series unlike any other, one that will leave you begging for more Morrison and Quitely. The art is gorgeous. Quitely is in his own league. The recoloring (since the old coloration didn’t hold up well), really helped Flex reach an artistic level on par with All-Star Superman. In short, if you like comics at all, read it!