Friday, August 8, 2008

Final Crisis 3

From the DC Comics' blurb about the issue:

"Batman missing in action! Superman immobilized! Green Lantern on trial for his life!

A shadow is falling across Earth's super heroes — and now it's Wonder Woman's turn to face the Evil Gods!

What bizarre warning from beyond awaits Frankenstein, The Question and the agents of S.H.A.D.E. in the shadows of the Dark Side Club? What grim fate lies in store for The Human Flame? What happens when the Anti-Life Equation hits the internet? Can the Fastest Men Alive outrun The Black Racer — Death himself? And who are the Justifiers?

The answers are all here as the unstoppable rise of evil continues in FINAL CRISIS #3 by Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones."

Who writes these? Most of the time, they're terrible. They try to entice, but leave you confused. All of the blurbs for Final Crisis are immaculate pieces of advertising and they're so different than the others. Does Morrison write these himself?

I can't summarize Final Crisis 3 better than the aforementioned blurb, but I can certainly review the crap out of it.

Now that Morrison and Jones have set up the conspiracy and the grand epic scale of this conflict, the pieces begin to move across the board. The Anti-Life Equation is unleashed upon the world and the connection between Libra and the New Gods becomes slightly clearer.

Since they've taken Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern off the board, the New Gods are in a pretty good position, but Shilo Norman and The Question have different plans. What of the strange humanized Monitor? What of Barry Allen?

There's very few answers to be found in this issue. All I can tell you is that this is the most accessible issue of Final Crisis yet, but unfortunately, the least exciting until the very end. The madcap pace and shorthand that worked oh so well for the first two issues is not quite as breathless with issue 3. That's not to say that this isn't a great comic; it's just my tastes have been refined by issues 1 and 2.

I loved this comic, and it stands head and shoulders above the rest of DC's output currently. Thank the Bearded Stone that Morrison is put in charge of the multiverse for at least a small amount of time. I love forward with heavy anticipation to the next issue. I am very excited to read what happens next.

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