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!
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:
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