Skip to main content

Final Crisis!!! A Crisis Indeed.

Grant Morrison seems to be hit or miss. And unfortunately, it’s been a while since I’ve read one of his hits. Final Crisis is the big DC crossover event that spanned from summer 2008 to early 2009. It’s a story of Gods and New Gods, aliens and supermen, humans and talking animals all rolled into one story. One mess of a story.

To summarize and regurgitate the story is a feat in of itself. Final Crisis is a convoluted tale that tries to take on too much. Essentially, it’s a story about Darkseid trying to once again destroy reality. But there are so many side stories, that this main plot gets lost. A lot of ideas are thrown into the pot, but none are allowed to properly cook. One of the consequences of telling a scattered story is that there is no central voice that really leads the story. The cohesiveness offered by a single voice was missing. Perhaps if it had that leading voice, a centralized narrative could have been established.

I think one thing that hurt the story is how fast the scenes move. There are very few scenes that exceed 2 pages in length, so what you end up with are a series of snapshots.

It felt very ineffective in trying to tell such a grandiose story. It’s as if you get glimpses but never a stare at the main story. In fact, near the end of the story something major happens to Batman (I’m not going to spoil it, but if you’ve seen the cover, it gives it away), but the gravitas of the situation is dampened due to the lack of focus. It was an event that should have felt momentous, but the lack of build around Batman during the course of the story really killed the dramatic effect.

You’re introduced to characters left and right, with large gaps in time before you return to them. And I like it’s Wikipedia description (here). On the right hand panel, where it lists general information about the series, under ‘Main Characters’, they list about a dozen characters before ending off with ‘rest of DC Universe’. Fitting!

A good story is filled with characters where you can understand where they’re coming from, both heroes and villains. It’s why I felt Identity Crisis was so effective. It told a story that made B-level characters seem like superstars. It gave them context. In Final Crisis, the lack of character development made for a lack of emotional investment into the story. They don’t care, and therefore, you don’t care.

I didn’t know much about Final Crisis, either its story or its reception. Just a quick search on Google shows an assortment of negative opinions. Which really sucks for the series, but did feel re-assuring for me. As I was reading the story the whole time, I kept thinking, is it just me? Is there something here that I’m not getting? There was something there that no one was getting.

But I should have expected this. The whole experience of Final Crisis was inferior to Infinite Crisis, the series that preceded this. Even the year-long weekly series for FC, Countdown to Final Crisis, was underwhelming compared to the year-long weekly, 52, which led to IC. The writing was on the damn walls!

So don’t give this a shot. Read it’s Wikipedia plot summary – it makes more sense and will save you time. Til next time, later geeks!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Mark Waid's IRREDEEMABLE (Issues #1-7)

(Note: be warned that this review is on the spoiler heavy side, so read at your own discretion if you don't want the story spoiled.) Since I was a teenager, I always had this dream that I would become a quirky movie director and I'd make a bunch of crappy little horror movies to start with, but that my first big movie would be this anti-superhero movie. I dreamed up of an Apocalypse Now -like movie using existing Marvel superheroes where Captain America would go mad, slaughtering the innocent and go into hiding somewhere 'up the river'. There would be a detective like character (possibly superhero) that would be after him, interviewing his former teammates to find out what made the all-American hero go mad. Imagine my surprise when I started reading Irredeemable . Although not exactly the story in my dreams, it's pretty close. I started reading the series this past weekend upon the glowing review that those geeks over at iFanboy put up a few weeks ago. As far a

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3!!!!!!!!!!!! (PS4)

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is Activision’s latest entry into the bestselling Call of Duty franchise.  Developed by Treyarch Studios, the Black Ops subseries of Call of Duty games has been considered by many as the best of the COD games.  Whereas Black Ops 1 and 2 were direct sequels, BO3 seems only to be a spiritual sequel to its predecessors.  There is no direct or clear continuation of story from the previous entries.  Rather it takes the ideas of mind control and manipulation, and spins off its own story. It’s a futuristic world, where humans are infused with technology (much like Robocop!) and fight alongside and against robots.  This time around, you assume the role of an unnamed soldier, who together with your partner Hendricks and a CIA agent named Rachel Kane, track down a former Black Ops commander named John Taylor as he and his former squad appears to have gone rogue destroying CIA sites around the world.  The story will take you to Singapore, Egypt and ev

DTV Madness: Jack Brooks - M.S. and Gingerdead Man 2

Okay, honestly, I think this will be the last DTV post for a while. One man can only take so much shit. I'm only human, I have feelings too. These two movies pushed my limit. I'm going to be in DTV-detox for the next month or so. Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer I thought that with a title like this, it couldn't fail. I thought that with a poster like they had, it couldn't fail. Then I realized something... I failed. I failed in thinking that this movie had any hope. I was expecting some fun horror, mixed with comedy in sort of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer kind of fashion with a bumbling hero and smart quips. I mean, with a title like Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer , was I wrong in expecting a variety of monsters get slayed as the title suggests? It didn't help much that the monsters looked uber cheesy. They looked like something right out of a Power Rangers episode. But to their credit, at least they stuck with practical make-up and effects rather than CG. The mo