or, Holy Mother of Freakinâ€™ continuity Batman! This is going to be huge!
If you havenâ€™t been keeping track, weâ€™ve been counting down (I donâ€™t mean that as a pun but, damn it!) to DCâ€™s final crisis event, wittily entitled, Final Crisis. Grant Morrison and Geoff Johns have paired up to write what is one of the most highly anticipated books of the last few years.
And not a word matters until you read the very last page!
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
It shouldnâ€™t have come as a surprise to me to see news of DCâ€™s latest and biggest crossover event making it to the mainstream media. Whether DC paid them off or not, This may be a serendipitous event, but what happened on the very last page is monumental to the DCU, so Iâ€™ll deal with it last.
I had to read this one really slowly to be sure I didnâ€™t miss anything. The entire book was nothing more than a foreshadowing of the Final Crisis event coming, and its correlative books. The “unknown” narrator takes the reader on a journey through what the Final Crisis will be.
It starts with a brief history, before sliding right in to the fact that weâ€™ll be seeing a Superman and the Legion of Super-Heroes storyline. Sadly, this will also involve Superboy Prime; the whining, moping super version of â€¦ oh so very many people!
Following that build up are my favorite panels of this teaser issue – a great scene between Batman and Joker. The Joker is playing with Bats, dealing a Dead Manâ€™s Hand (aces and eights for the uninitiated) as he surreptitiously announces that Batman is going to encounter people who are going to hurt him so bad heâ€™ll â€œnever recover.â€
Considering this is a big Trinity year for DC, it’s apropos that we check in with Wonder Woman next. Here, we are witness to three different villains collecting soil samples from genocide locations (Auschwitz, Logor Jasenovac, Darfur). I vaguely remember hearing Gail Simone announcing that a villain will be made – actually made – to fight Diana, perhaps this is the beginning of that build up.
Weâ€™re also witness to a conversation held between Greek gods Apollo and, presumably, Zeus (the silhouette would suggest as much).
What would a major DC event be without an appearance by some Green Lanterns? Hal Jordan and Jon Stewart make that appearance while investigating a bomb scene. Apparently, someone has been transporting villains with extra-terrestrial ties to a new federal jail, and the latest transport holding Hector Hammond, Shark, Evil Star and Black Hand gets destroyed. However, Black Hand isnâ€™t anywhere to be found, and even Halâ€™s ring canâ€™t locate him.
Looks like the Specter will also be playing a role in this the latest of DCâ€™s crises. Seems that there may be a problem with the binding of Godâ€™s Vengeance with detective Crispus Allen that will play out over the next few weeks and months.
And of course weâ€™re introduced to a new baddies prophet, Libra, who, in a speech that would have made Benny Hinn proud, proclaims to the Rogueâ€™s Gallery that there is a new god who will give you anything you want, just as long as you worship him (Stargate much?).
The most exciting moment of DC Universe #0 comes with the concluding page of the issue. Everything seen up to this point gives the reader insights into upcoming titles such as Legion of Three Worlds, Batman R.I.P., Green Lantern Blackest Night, and whatever other titles that tie into the upcoming company wide event. Regardless of how excited you are by the previous pages, it all pales into nonexistence when you realize just who has been narrating the whole thing.
It probably isnâ€™t a surprise right now, as itâ€™s all across the mainstream media (or so Iâ€™m toldâ€¦ what would I know, Iâ€™m an Australian who works at night!). Either wayâ€¦
Barry Allen is back!
All in all, I am really excited about Final Crisis like I havenâ€™t been excited about anything for awhile.
This book gets a 3 for story, as it wasnâ€™t really about story, but more foreshadowing, and 4 for art. This book was never going to be a high scoring book, as itâ€™s a one shot that never stays more than a few pages on one storyline. But you can damn well believe that itâ€™s got us hyped for the next few months!