Final Crisis #5.. it’s like the comic version of listening to a Pink Floyd album, backwards

Final Crisis #5 (of 7) (DC – Morrison / Jones / Pacheco / Merino)

Humanity enslaved! Time shattered and bleeding! Anti-Life triumphant! Can Earth’s demoralized, beaten heroes rally their scattered forces for the ultimate super-battle against the nightmare armies of Apokolips when the forces of good meet the forces of evil on the bridge to Blüdhaven? As Darkseid’s presence causes reality itself to sicken and the lights to go out across the universe, as even the Guardians fall, the true power of the evil gods finally reveals itself, and a major character returns for a shocking conclusion.

Does the secret of humankind’s salvation lie in a mysterious cave painting and a bolt of lightning? Or has the Last Day come for us all?

You know, I do have to give Morrison a little credit, some of this issue made a little bit of sense.

It did, there was linear story-telling, right at the opening scene with the Lanterns and the Guardians. It’s the one scene that is pretty cool in the book, when the worm inside the Corps reveals herself.  Showing that any organization can be infiltrated by Darkseid. After the Guardians get a big picture of what is going on they release Hal Jordan and then a task force led by Jordan himself make their way back to Earth and find out that there is a time differential due to the “Darkseid singularity”, which allows time to pass quicker on Earth. Which in turn will allow for an easy fix at the end of this :). It’s at this point when the book goes back to Grant Morrison’s pattern of bizarre happenings and unexplained sequences. Perhaps the whole thing will read better as a trade, but as is I still can’t believe I’m spending money on this.

But maybe that’s why DC and Didio are able to publish weird crap like this, because we still buy it. Who doesn’t want to read story about the fact that being able to solve a Rubic’s cube in 1 turn less than is possible enables a sequence of events that can stop dark gods from ruling Earth? Crickets?… Yea, I thought so.

The art is decent enough but it doesn’t counter this roller coaster of the non-sequitor.

grade: C-

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Updated: November 2, 2010 — 11:03 am

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