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Grant Morrison's "Final Crisis"
What. The. Fuck? # 7 was a horrible excuse for a comic.

I'm sure he'll tell me it would make more sense if I read all the side projects, but the point of a maxi-series is that you only have to read it.

Guh. I have no idea why Morrison is so popular. Or I wasted my money on this crap.

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jim_smith From: jim_smith Date: February 1st, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
On the last page he's making cave drawings on a rock during prehistoric times. Apparently Darkseid's Omega Sanction didn't kill him, it teleported into the distant past.
cheezstk From: cheezstk Date: February 2nd, 2009 02:56 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)

Captain Freakin' Carrot?!?


I kept hoping it would pull together. (I've read some of the side stuff; it doesn't help) Those moments of brilliance Morrison sometimes pulls out of his rear that make it all worthwhile? Not in this series. Final Crisis is the worst of what I don't like about Morrison. Weird for the sake of weird, without actually meaning anything. At first, I feel that maybe I'm just missing the point; I just needed to read it again. But no, there really isn't one. Instead of a narrative there's scattered impressions of not much that make you feel like you're missing about 3/4 of the story. Screentime for his new oh-so-cewl characters and way too twee references to old stupid crap he thinks is cool.

Captain Carrot? Really? That's just... insulting.

I don't mind artsy comics. Not everything has to have an A -> B -> C structure. I'm just fine with the occasional mind-fuck. But there has to be some *there* there. My comics don't need to be Hollywood movies, but if you're going to make an art house flick it at least needs to create a mood, twist around a theme, *say* something. Final Crisis does none of this.

Anyway, yeah, it's crap. And the whole Oh-Noes-Batman's-DED! (for all of an issue) was a huge waste of time.
rysmiel From: rysmiel Date: February 3rd, 2009 07:11 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Actually I quite liked it.

I like that there's something there but the reader is not getting it linearly but getting a mosaic shape around it. I like actually doing something meaningful with Jack Kirby characters that have been semi-flailing around ever since Kirby did not finish his original New Gods meta-plot. I like a major series that actually acknowledges that comics readers these days are much less ten-year-olds who need everything made simple and comprehensible in one issue and much more people in our age range for whom looking an obscure allusion up on Wikipedia can be part of the fun. (Some of whom, I suspect, may have been among the ten-year-olds or near that whom Crisis on Infinite Earths was supposedly simplifying and streamlining the DC universe to reach.) I like that Morrison's new cool characters are actually cool ("You have thoughtlessly gunned down a global megastar ! How will you explain yourselves to this man's fans !" is a line I will treasure) and that there is a place they fit in the DC universe (The Super Young Team are for today what the Forever People were for their day, no ?). I like Darkseid actually coming across as an evil god rather than a posturing twit in a costume.

I do think it was an error to not make Superman Beyond two episodes of the central series. As for the other tie-ins I've looked at Revelations seems a good story that did not fundamentally need to be linked to Final Crisis at all, putting the Final Crisis logo on Rage of the Red Lanterns was even more staggeringly pointless (I love what Geoff Johns has been doing with Green Lantern this past while so I was tracking that anyway), and, well, informed opinions on Legion of Three Worlds would come better from someone with a reaction to the Legion of Super Heroes other than "these characters are silly and I am not interested in them, please take them away." Slapping that label around left right and centre does not, to me (with the exception of Superman Beyond) seem to be saying "you need to read these to understand Final Crisis" because of how minimal the connections appear to be.

I also think it was incredibly stupid for DC to pre-trample all over the ground here with Death of the New Gods and Countdown to Final Crisis, which I would deem the worst thing in the history of mainstream superhero comics were it not for Jeph Loeb's ongoing Hulk travesty.

Edited at 2009-02-03 07:19 pm (UTC)
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