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Here are couple excellent articles to enjoy on your lunch break.

First, Comics Alliance posted an arc by arc (and in some cases, issue by issue) rundown of Final Crisis. How it all links together, what order to read in, and in some cases how it doesn’t link together.

For every reader who hails the epic’s complex story architecture as genius, another decries its inaccessibility. But is it really an incomprehensible swamp of superhero lore? Not with the right road map!

You can find their road map here: Final Crisis Timeline. A highly recommended companion to our own issue reading order and Final Crisis tpb event tag.

Also of great reading pleasure is the third installment of David Brothers’ wonderful essay series Gamble A Stamp over at 4th Letter.

In it this column, he discusses Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, and Flex Mentallo as elements in the death and rebirth of the superhero mythos. Excellent stuff and well written – I feel like I’d delude his points by quoting in partial. So head over there and read Superhero Comics Are Dead.

On a side note, as I mentioned in a comment over there it’s a shame…

I’ve never read Flex! Without it being in trade (and reprint upon reprint) it doesn’t get nearly as much airtime in discussion. Maybe your piece here will help in some way towards finally getting it collected.

Until then, I guess we’ll have this amazon monument to what should have been:

http://www.amazon.com/Flex-Mentallo-Man-Muscle-Mystery/dp/1563894084

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  1. avatar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv25llCgkF0 win money wrote on at September 5, 2013 4:56 pm:

    I wanted to thank you for this very good read!! I certainly enjoyed every little bit of it.
    I’ve got you book marked to check out new stuff you post…

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