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Final Crisis (New Edition) Paperback – April 22, 2014
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- ASIN : 140124517X
- Publisher : DC Comics; Revised ed. edition (April 22, 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781401245177
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401245177
- Item Weight : 1.56 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.7 x 0.54 x 10.17 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #261,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The "story" and I use that word loosely, because that usually implies a cohesive narrative, starts with a mystery related to the death of a New God and culminates in a battle against Darkseid. But beyond that, you will probably will have to read a Wikipedia summary to understand half of what is happening and especially when it is happening (because sequences of events are extremely muddled).
The thing about crossover events is that they are inherently messy and hard to follow to begin with. You're expecting readers to know a lot of different corners of the DC universe, and even some of the more experienced readers don't always know everything and need some context. Final Crisis makes that problem even worse by saying "to hell with explaining the context for the story, and in fact, to hell with explaining the story itself, you'll figure it out." The unfortunate part is that, even when you do figure it out, it's still frustrating, convoluted, and not rewarding in the slightest.
I rarely say skip a major DC milestone, but seriously, skip this one. Read a summary or something. Because this is not worth the paper it's printed on.
Sure, writer Grant Morrison includes plenty of the epic, property-destroying slugfests that are the hallmarks of events such as these. However, he's got much more on his mind than providing empty spectacle.
He's interested in answering the question "What makes a hero?" His answer: Being a hero doesn't require superpowers. It requires not only sacrificing for others, but also doing things that make you uncomfortable-qualities all of us can aspire to. Batman, of course, makes the ultimate sacrifice with his life-though, this being big-time comics, the Dark Knight's death wasn't permanent. (Morrison himself brought Batman back to the land of the living in a subsequent storyline, "The Return of Bruce Wayne.") Superman also risks his life for the DC Multiverse's sake.
Indeed, the DC heroes exhibit traits that the villains covet. Darkseid's minions want to steal Batman's "superior physical prowess, strategic acumen and courage"-because those are the qualities that make Batman what he is. (It's not gadgets like Batmobiles or Batarangs. Sorry, toy manufacturers.)
How Morrison tells his tale is just as interesting as the questions he addresses in it. All of the concepts in Darkseid's Anti-Life Equation-including loneliness, alienation, fear and despair-equal chaos. Morrison expresses that chaos in the way he tells his story. It's a method that demands much more of the reader's attention and thought than the typical superhero saga, but the payoff is well worth the effort. In Morrison's view, every element of the Anti-Life Equation represents the antithesis of what makes a hero, and the qualities that make heroes what they are-not just self-sacrifice, but also self-confidence and relatability-promote the power of hope in the face of dire circumstances. As Batman's trusty right hand Alfred puts it, "No matter how dark the night...there will be no hiding place for evil." Not even an evil as great as Darkseid, who personifies the hate and the chaos that drive this story.
Despite the presence of many different pencillers, the art holds together well throughout. J.G. Jones eventually needed help from Carlos Pacheco and Doug Mahnke to complete the series, and Lee Garbett pencilled two "Batman" issues pertinent to the story. All of the pencillers and inkers, as well as the letterers and colorists, maintain the story's epic scope from beginning to end, and keep everything uniform so the changes in artists aren't so jarring as to take the reader out of the story completely.
This capstone to the trilogy that began with "Crisis on Infinite Earths" and continued in "Infinite Crisis" demands careful reading, but both the themes and the storytelling method will reward readers so inclined. Because Morrison expresses the power of both superheroes and storytelling, "Final Crisis" is a work that deserves to be studied and revisited.
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The art is fantastic, both by J G Jones and Doug Manhke. The story involves a lot of characters but they all serve the story well. The best thing about this book is the fact that the story as a whole feels extremely large and epic in scale. And that there really is a sense of universal stakes. But while it does all that, there are great personal victories for certain characters. Grant Morrison is known for his wacky and unusual style of writing. But for me, at least, it works wonders. There is so much wackiness to like. And it never feels....Weird?
One thing I advise is to pay deep attention at all times. You notice things here and there that will make you go "OHHH". It's really worth it. Amazing plot lines, yes.. PlotlineS. There are a few subplots to keep things interesting but none are wasted. It all comes together perfectly in the end. And Superman's own story, Superman Beyond, is incorporated very well into the story. I'm glad they decided to include it as it wasn't in the planned 7 issues.
But in a brilliant twist the bad guys win ,they enslave most of humanity including wonderwoman and use them as soldiers to round up the rest.Resistance is crumbling as watchtowers around the world are falling one by one .In a last ditch effort to turn the tide alan scott orders all meta humans to converge on the secret blud haven headquarters of the evil new gods.The story is truley brilliant ,its keeps uping the ante until all of creation is at stake.Batman faces off against darksied ,superman against the antimonitor .
AS is often the case with these stories the plot is covered in dozens of different publications and are not all presented here.Would be nice if just once they included all parts of the story
All in all it was a poor reading experience and I can't wait to move on to something else because this story won't be hard to top!