Tuesday, July 01, 2008

FanBoyWonder’s Review Of Final Crisis #2

While we just KNOW that the entire comics blogosphere has been waiting at the edge of their collective seats down in mom’s basement waiting for FanBoyWonder’s review of the second installment of Final Crisis and we’re sorry to cause unnecessary anxiety but FanBoyWonder has been on vacation.

Yesterday we took Brianna The Girl Wonder on her very first trip to Washington, D.C. (expect a future blog posting on our misadventure as soon as the pictures come back) and tonight we are packing for a family getaway-from-it-all at a friend’s cabin in the woods.

Yet we realize if we don’t speak now, we should ever hold our peace on this latest “event” from DC Comics. So here we go from the shot-gun formation.

The Upshot From DC Comics: Meet Japan's number one pop culture heroes, the Super Young Team and their languid leader, Most Excellent Superbat! Join legendary wrestler Sonny Sumo and super escape artist Mister Miracle as they team to face the offspring of the Anti-Life Equation! See Earth's superheroes mourn one of their oldest allies! Witness costumed criminals sinking to new depths of cowardice and depravity as Libra takes things too far! Uncover the doomsday secrets of the poisoned city of Blüdhaven! Learn the shocking identity of the prime suspect in the murder of a god! And read on if you dare as Batman becomes the first of Earth's champions to face the Fallen of Apokolips. All this and a spectacular return from the dead...Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones' multiverse-spanning epic continues with bombshell after bombshell in FINAL CRISIS #2 — "Ticket to Blüdhaven"!

Well….Final Crisis #2 wasn’t as horrible as Final Crisis #1 was. This time we were merely under-whelmed by the events that unfolded but not outraged. We do however feel more than a tad confused for committing the apparent sin of NOT reading “Morrison’s Greatest Hits”—Seven Soldiers and the like before picking up this series.

Is THIS what it feels like for newbies trying to jump into the DC Universe following years of back-story and continuity?

Everybody else says there that is some grand concept, some big picture ideas that Morrison is working to establish here so it’s really not fair to judge Final Crisis on an issue-by-issue basis. Okay…if DC is going to take $3.99 from my wallet for each “chapter”…then that makes it fair game our not unreasonable expectation that we get to read a coherent issue.

As we noted, we are wary going into this latest event so Morrison and DC not only have to win us over on the strengths of this story alone but they also have to overcome their track record of f**king up just about everything since Infinite Crisis.

There are only two things we find worth noting—First the appearance of the Alpha Lanterns who come riding in roughshod over the Justice League, claiming jurisdiction and brushing off the “local yokels” Batman’s reaction to this is totally within character, if understated.

That leads into the scene where Green Lantern John Stewart is ambushed and seriously injured by a fellow Green Lantern, leaving the Alphas to arrest Hal Jordan. We can only say that John Stewart better turn out all right after this.

If this becomes some half-assed excuse to bump off the coolest but most disrespected of Earth’s Green Lanterns, we’re going to be seriously pissed off.

Second of course is the last page where we see that Barry Allen is indeed back now and racing a bullet. So they re really going to do this huh? If they are going to do it, do it right please.

Bottom Line: Despite our skepticism, we are trying to keep an open mind and actually WANT to be impressed but we are not expecting much.


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