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Final Crisis Hardcover – June 16, 2009

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Best-selling writer Grant Morrison (Batman, All-Star Superman, JLA) and critically acclaimed artist J.G. Jones (52, Wanted) redefine what it means to be a modern day Super Hero in this cosmic epic.

What happens when evil wins? That's the question Superman, Batman, the Justice League and every being in the DC Universe have to face when Darkseid and his otherworldly legion of narcissistic followers actually win the war between light and dark. Featuring the deaths and resurrections of major DC characters, Final Crisis is more than your average multi-part event&mdash:it's a deconstruction of Super Hero comics and a challenging, thought-provoking take on the modern, four-color icons.

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Morrison's big, beautiful mess of an apocalypse is gathered in this deluxe volume, along with one of the spinoff mini-series that took place between issues. Darkseid, one of the New Gods of Apokolips, is taking over the universe, broadcasting his antilife equation—a mathematical spell that drains all hope and emotion from those who hear it—through every mass communication vehicle available. Reality starts breaking down, time itself is collapsing; meanwhile, Batman is taken out of action and Superman can't help out as he needs to stay by Lois's hospital bedside or she will die. To say that there's a lot going on is an understatement; the plot is byzantine, and DC newbies will likely find it confusing and require multiple reads. Fanboys, on the other hand, will relish spotting all of the references to DC canon. There is an awful lot of setup and not much in the way of payoff until the very end, but Morrison-philes will enjoy his characteristic wordplay and fearless invention the whole time. Jones and Mahnke split the main art with skill and vision. (June)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (June 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401222811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401222819
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* * * * * INTRO * * * * *
Final Crisis is one of the most polarizing events ever published by DC, as well as one of the most controversial works by Grant Morrison for that publisher, generally regarded as a love-it-or-hate-it book. Since there are almost 150 reviews right here in Amazon discussing Final Crisis' story and art, I decided to just focus my review on the edition itself of this new Absolute presentation.

Absolute Final Crisis is an outstanding, high-quality, great-value edition, with a very generous page count, full of extras and material not included in the old HC and TPB editions, and all this makes it a much better reading experience.

* * * * * CONTENTS * * * * *
This volume includes, in the following order:

- A 2-pages introduction by Jay Babcock (originally published for the first time in the Final Crisis HC edition, 2009)

- The last 5 pages from DC Universe #0, pencilled by Dough Mahnke (NOT included in the 2009 HC edition. This are very relevant pages for the overall story and I'm extremely happy they were finally collected this time. The rest of DC Universe #0 pages are a kind of sampling/advertising of other DC storylines, mostly unrelated to Final Crisis, so they were not included).

- Final Crisis #1 to 3 (exact same contents as the 2009 HC edition).

- Superman Beyond #1 and 2 (printed with 3-D effect, the Absolute edition includes a set of blue/red 3-D cardboard glasses. The 2009 HC edition DOES NOT feature this 3-D presentation, it was printed without the 3-D effect, with standard coloring).

- Final Crisis: Submit (exact same contents as the 2009 HC edition).

- Final Crisis #4 and 5 (exact same contents as the 2009 HC edition).
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I've thought long and hard about this book. If you have not yet read Final Crisis, I really think you would benefit from reading my review.

'Final Crisis' is an epic, layered story with several running narratives and many surprises, so it's difficult to synopsize. At its center are the "New Gods", involved in the last stages of their vast and mysterious war. It looks as though the BAD side has won. The story goes from there and involves dozens of characters, major and minor, some of whom actually die. Aside from alternate dimensions, cosmic technology, and many far-out concepts, there is a lot of battle action and some really classic superhero situations, with dialogue in a 'high' style reminiscent of cosmic '70s writers like Jack Kirby, Steve Englehart, Jim Starlin, or Len Wein. The writing can be dense, and at times a LOT happens on a single page. The art is detailed, brightly colored, merging a very realistic style with psychedelic effects. The story is long and rather convoluted, including a grand mystery and scifi surrealism, to name just two of its many styles (neither specifically known for offering immediate clarity, take note).

An open-minded superhero fan willing to give the book some time, attention, and thought.

People who hate experimentation in superhero comics. People just looking for a simple, easy read. People who must know exactly what's going on at all times. People who think all ambition is pretension.

1. It's Not for Novices
I hate to say it, but if you're not already a DC fan, don't bother.
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I normally try to not put spoilers in book reviews. This isn't so much a review so much as it is an explanation of the story to people considering reading it.

Here's the first thing you need to know about Final Crisis - it is not a stand alone story. Having read ALL of the intro material in real time (about 70 comic books in total), a large chuck of the information in those books is essential to get a fuller picture of just what the heck is going on in Final Crisis. But to save $200 and a week of your life, just read the Origins section of the Wiki entry about a group called The Monitors. It's short and covers the most important information that feeds into Final Crisis:[...]

Here's the second thing you need to know about Final Crisis - it is not a stand alone story. I know I just said that but when Final Crisis came out there were 5 mini-series printed concurrently with it and all whose conclusions dovetailed directly into Final Crisis #6. Unfortunately none of those stories appear in this collection so there are massive changes that seem to come out of nowhere in the Final Crisis story itself. The complete reading order is: Final Crisis #1-3, Superman Beyond #1-2, Final Crisis: Submit, Final Crisis #4-5, Batman #682-683, and Final Crisis #6-7. Thankfully the Superman story explains a great deal and on its own is fine story but in the grand scope it feels tacked on with a villain that really just dilutes the main story.

Here's the third thing you need to know about Final Crisis - it unfolds using an experimental format. Morrison tells a story that is an exploration/explanation of what a story really is.
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