Week after week ComicVine's "Essential Comics" list often differs from mine greatly, and I fully understand that others have different tastes and opinions than my own. Yet for the first time ever this week, I truly lost quite a bit of respect for everyone that writes for this site and have to call into question their knowledgeably of the field they work in and their capabilities as comic industry professionals.
Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery is being released in trade paperback at last. This is the magnum opus of the greatest writer in the history of the medium. More over, this is the greatest story ever put down in the medium of sequential art. The only reason that it doesn't belong in the Bible is because it's better than the Bible.
The two issues which which feature Calvin Ellis (the black Superman of Earth-23 shown above) are both among my favorite issues to feature Superman of all time (Final Crisis #7 and Action Comics #9). That said, Superman is the most iconic character in all of popular culture; any changes to his established image, whether to his costume or haircut or skin color, should be in conformity with that established look and not divergent from it. That's why I love the jeans and t-shirt suit but loathe with every fiber of my being the New 52 armor. While both are novel, the first communicates the established personality of the character, as well or perhaps even better than the classic costume, but the armor is a decisive break with tradition made in order to modernize the character, or rather to conform him to modern sensibilities.
Actually, come to think of it, doesn't Doctor Manhattan become the quantum observer of an infinite number of possible histories of the universe, collapsing them all into a singular reality only by acting backwards through time to cause the accident which gave him his powers in the first place (at least according to Straczynski's Before Watchman)?