Final Crisis #1 ( DC – Morrison / Jones )
Witness the historic start of the final chapter in the Crisis trilogy that could only spring from the mind of Grant Morrison — Final Crisis, featuring stunning art by J.G. Jones (52 Covers)! Worlds will live and heroes will die in this epic tale spanning the beginning and end of the DC Universe! The entire Multiverse is threatened as the mysterious Libra assembles an army of the DCU’s most terrifying super villains. But what is the ultimate plan, and who will live to find out?
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Here’s the Lowdown:
- A newly designed Metron makes an appearance in the way back past and gifts man “knowledge” (a.k.a FIRE!)
- We follow one Detective Turpin, who used to be with the Metropolis Special Crimes Unit, as he is working a missing children case. He stumbles across a close-to-death Orion who says come cryptic things and dies (Black Racer included!). Then he has a scene on a bridge with the new Question. He’s directed to the “Dark Side Club”
- Green Lanterns John Stewart and Hal Jordan respond to the superhuman homicide on their beat and start processing the crime scene. They decide to call in the Guardians of Oa and the Justice League because whatever took down Orion is a heavy hitter
- C level heroes get their asses kicked by Dr. Light and Mirror Master. Turns out the villains are in the employ of Libra and are on a treasure hunting trip…for Metron’s chair.
- The heavy hitters of the Legion of Doom are not buying what Libra is selling. Can Libra really be a major player? He proves he can be when he brings in the Martian Manhunter (J’ohn J’onzz) and spears him through his green Martian chest…killing him. THAT”S RIGHT!! THE MARTIAN MANHUNTER IS DEAD!
- Back to Detective Turpin who finds the Dark Side club and “Boss Dark Side” and his goons Kalibak and Kanto. Boss Dark Side is a picture out of the Sopranos. A bald and sweaty man, the thing is he’s got red glowing eyes. Oh, and Turpin finds the missing children. The rub is that all the children have spoken the Anti-Life equation and also have glowing red eyes and murder on the brain.
- The Trinity assess that the New Gods are hiding on Earth and need to be found
- The Monitors have aligned the Multiverse. They also punish a monitor for not doing his job.
- Kamandi makes a brief appearance
- Random guy wakes up with a migraine and stares at his hands while the news reports of The Martian Manhunter’s death. (I’m guessing the JLA’s resident telepath transfered his mind). Or, after a conversation with Eric, it could be that the punished Monitor was made human to live out the rest of his days.
The Art was good. The writing was okay (could have been better). We get lots of hooks to stories, but nothing is developed at all.
Grade: C+ With the exception of the killing of the Manhunter, it was pretty average.