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A Final Crisis? The Series That Divides So Many Dc Fans
on 27 January 2010
One of the most divisive books in recent history published by Dc Comics makes this a really tough book to review. Just by looking at the other reviews, both good and bad, you can see that opinion is really divided on this series. There is very little middle ground in the great debate about Final Crisis. Most people absolutely love it or absolutely detest it!
If you are going to love this book then firstly, you need to be a fan of Grant Morrison and like the fact that he is prepared to challenge the status quo of comics in terms of characters, storylines and settings. If you have read some of his other works(and liked them!) such as: Batman RIP, Batman:Black Glove, All Star Superman 1 and 2, Earth 2 and DC One Million and got on with them, then Final Crisis is going to be for you, because it leaves a lot of the work up to you. You have to be able to fill in the gaps and come up with conclusions yourself. Grant Morrison is a master at letting the reader get out of a book, what they are capable of getting out of it. This book is no exception.
Secondly, you are really going to have to be up to speed with some of the storylines that have gone before - the series 52 and Countdown to Crisis would definitely help, and it is probably worth a look at some of the older Crisis on Infinite Earths books two.
The plot is an awe-inspiring, sprawling saga that involves the multiverses, alternative heroes from these other universes and all of your favourite characters in the toughest of situations. You will find Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Green Lantern, Lex Luthor, Darkseid and the Black Racer within these pages.Throughout, all the heroes are put through the wringer and brought up against events much bigger than themselves; it is a graphic novel that asks, 'What makes a hero, a hero?' and then lets you come up with the answer yourself.
This book may not appeal to you if you are used to a rigid storyline or characters that you know and love stretched beyond their normal, well-known boundaries. You may also not like this book if you like the main story and all its threads laid out in front of you so you can get the full picture of what is going on. There is nothing wrong with this at all - not everyone has the same tastes, and i like to have a good idea of what has been leading up to the main plot, and sometimes i like something that will test me and get more out of me as a reader. It depends how i feel! Horses for courses is what i say! At the end of the day, we all love comics, so let's all agree that we need to support our publishers, writers and artists!
But this book is one that will mean you need to concentrate on, and be prepared to give some time to.
So, that covers who will like this and who will dislike it, but what do i think?
Well, i think it is a good series and well thought out and drawn. But for a huge event series, it feels a little short to me. Or maybe, it was so good, that i was left wanting more. The artwork is solid enough - though not up there with the standards of what Alex Ross can do, and i think a series of this magnitude deserved the best artist on board. Had this been an Alex Ross illustrated book, i would have given this five stars.
To sum up - a challenging read for even the most dedicated fan, but a rewarding one, nontheless!