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Final Crisis (New Edition) Paperback – April 22, 2014
"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Learn more
About the Author
Writer Grant Morrison is known for his innovative work on comics from the graphic novel ARKHAM ASYLUM to acclaimed runs on ANIMAL MAN and DOOM PATROL, as well as his subversive creator owned titles such as THE INVISIBLES, SEAGUY, JOE THE BARBARIAN and WE3. He has also written best-selling runs on JLA, SEVEN SOLDIERS OF VICTORY and New X-Men and recently helped to reinvent the DC Universe in ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, 52, BATMAN and JOE THE BARBARIAN. He wrote the opening salvo to SUPERMAN: ACTION COMICS and is currently writing BATMAN, INCORPORATED as a part of DC COMICS--THE NEW 52.
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It's reasonably easy to pick up and read Crisis on Infinite Earths or Infinite Crisis without having a lot of backstory. "Lots of different universes and they're all collapsing into one due to some bad guy. Got it." "Okay, now some alternate reality relic is trying to bring back the multiple universes from one. Got it."
But this one? "Okay, so an evil god died previously and possesses a cop and somehow this creates a blackhole and all of reality is going to be destroyed and now Superman's a giant robot?" Good luck.
Not only is it a mess to follow the plot, even with lots of knowledge of DC continuity, but the book is all over the place. It starts off with a few chapters of fighting Darkseid as he starts to ruin the world, then does a left turn for two of 'em while Superman fights as a champion for the very concept of Narrative? Then we have Batman dreaming, waking up, shooting Darkseid, but then the Green Lanterns are here? And now they're in a blackhole so Superman builds the Miracle Machine to sing a song which fixes the universe, but destroys the other over-gods watching from afar?
It's extremely disjoint, and I didn't recognize a good chunk of the characters. And I really love my DC comics, but my knowledge wasn't great enough for this read. These big crossover events always include a lot of regular issues of various books, and I'm assuming a lot of these are missing - I think it was Seven Soldiers of Victory that dealt with the fall of the New Gods, for example, which is a critical piece of plot. I'd hope that having all of those other bits of text would make it easier to follow, but I'm not even convinced. Even with the stuff that's there, I frequently found myself feeling like a panel or two was missing, sometimes even entire pages. It jumped around a lot and felt sloppy.
Honestly? Save your money. Either of the Infinite Crises are much better. The Convergence big event was a lot more fun with the multiverse (though that was even hard to follow), and a lot of the recent Rebirth books have been excellent. Some of the smaller universe-wide events are better as well, like Panic in the Sky or Our Worlds at War.
This was just too much of a mess.
As you can see the pages aren't attached to the spine.
An image of the only page holding the book together.
I circled the part of the page that's holding the book together.
The spine is attached on the top.
Conclusion: This book is too fragile and must be handled with care. I cannot recommend buying this book unless you can check the spine in person. I emailed DC about the issue and sent a tweet. I'll update the review if anything comes of that.
This story includes a wide range of DC characters. I’m not familiar with most of them, but I do know some Batman stuff. A lot of folks might say that Final Crisis ties into Batman RIP. Honestly, in my opinion, you do not need to read Batman RIP in order to understand Final Crisis. Nothing will prepare you for understanding Final Crisis.