“You know what?Â Whatever…”
As Iâ€™ve mentioned before, Final Crisis is not the best crisis DC has ever put out.Â As issue three hits the stands, some questions are answered, but the overall feeling of the entire series is still something that doesnâ€™t quite seem to fit with the rest of the DCU.
I think that feeling is because of the â€œwe donâ€™t have to worry about continuity – these are comicsâ€ statement made by Morrison so many months ago.Â I wonder if he would feel the same if someone took his well thought out and beloved stories and threw them out the window in the name of No More Continuity?
That being said, this issue is as promised; the story becomes a lot more clear, and the overall plot starts to make more sense, itâ€™s just too bad it took us until the half way point for it to happen.Â Did I like the story?Â In a way, yes.
Instead of revealing all the plot points and details that appear in the issue, I thought Iâ€™d create a running commentary for this issue page by page.Â Itâ€™s something a little different from what weâ€™ve done before.
SHADE and Young Frankenstein.Â Once again this issue kicks off with Morrison telling the reader, â€œYou should have read my Seven Soldiers series!â€, otherwise the Mary Shelley character looks more like a deformed Jason Todd, and SHADE comes off as a Marvel rip-off.
Iâ€™m not sure if it is a coloring error or what, but the shell of the body that housed Darkseidâ€™s essence is now white instead of black.
I also wasnâ€™t aware that the rest of the world knew that Renee was the Question.Â Perhaps SHADE is all knowing.
That mysterious voice talking with SHADE is Father Time, who looks quite a bit different than he did in his previous two appearances in Morrisonâ€™s Frankenstein and in Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters series.
Even though this is all â€œNew Earthâ€ Iâ€™m still getting the feeling this series is taking place somewhere else.Â And maybe that is how DC should spin this series; make it an Elseworld’s series, or place it on Earth-53 and suddenly all the bitching I amd others are doing would go away.
Looks like the writing is literally on the wall, but I wonder why the source wall hand is now a digital hand instead of that cool flaming hand seen during Countdown?Â Oh yeah…right…
SHADE also seems to be in tight with Checkmate as the Black King makes an appearance.
Jacketâ€™s on, jacketâ€™s on, oops, itâ€™s off.
That thing that rocketed through the sky and crashed?Â That would be the Nazi Supergirl from Earth-10 (or Earth-X for you old school peeps who still remember the old Multiverse).
She obviously didnâ€™t use The Bleed to get through, as the skies arenâ€™t red, and it is also interesting that she got through when the Green Lanterns have sealed the planet preventing any entrance or egress.
Again, SHADE knowing who the Question is, is a bit odd.
Poor Nix, things just arenâ€™t going right for the Monitor who lost his entire universe.Â Thereâ€™s a panel that makes Nix look like he has moobs.
That cave drawing is the same one Anthro was drawing in issue #1 following his encounter with Metron.Â The spelunkers are Cave Carson and his team from The Brave and the Bold #31.
Again if the planet has been sealed, how did Zillo Valla (one of the other Monitors) slip through?
Page 6 and 7
Final Crisis must take place before Flash 241 and 242 as the Dark Side club tried to kidnap the West kids in 240 and Iris is much much older/dead in 242.
Three generations of the Flash trying to outrun death and stop a time traveling bullet is pretty damn cool, even if the bullet now looks like a bullet instead of capsule with a virus on the inside as seen in issue #2.
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I guess you can cheat death if you just run fast enough.Â Someone should have told Jim Fixx that.Â Yes, I am a cruel bastard.
I do like the coloring of this issue.
Yea Legion of Doom Headquaters!Â Boo no more stripper club!
Who the hell is Libra? He kind of goes all nutsoid here, making him one scary muther.Â If the Anti-Life equation is in that helmet, then is Libra housing one of the Old New Gods?
Nice Justifiers of Apokolips outfit there Human Flame.Â Justifiers are Darksied’s shock troops.Â Where do the Parademons fit in in all of this?
I no longer believe Libra and Barry Allen are one and the same (pretty obvious after issue #2).
It is evident that Libra is now one of the New Gods (Glorious Godfrey, or perhaps heâ€™s Metron?) as the major plan is finally revealed.Â Finally!Â Three freakinâ€™ issues and it is finally revealed…to the reader.
I find it interesting that Libra tells Luthor to give up his religion (science) and pledge to Libraâ€™s religion (the crime bible) in order to survive.
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Wait, doesnâ€™t Jimmy know Clark Kent is Superman?Â After all, it was in Countdown…oh, yeah, right.Â We arenâ€™t supposed to mention that series are we?
Guess Lois isnâ€™t dead after all, although it is weird Clark has to heat Loisâ€™ heart to keep it going.Â And why does her wristband say Louis?
When times are dark, you better call in your greatest heroes to help defeat the big bad.Â Looks like Valla is gathering her troop.Â For whatever reason that costume looks a lot like Morgaine le Fey – also a Jack Kirby creation from the pages of The Demon.Â Speaking of the Demon, I think I just might get that Jack Kirby Demon Ombnibus hitting stores soon.
Still with the Alpha Lanterns?
Uh Hal, you might want to flip back a few pages and check out the falling Nazi from the sky thing.
Is there anyone out there that actually thinks weâ€™ll see this Green Lantern storyline play out in the pages of Green Lantern or the GL Corps?Â Only if it is forced, dear reader, only if it is forced, and weâ€™ve seen how that has caused more than a few to voice their concern, with at least two people walking away.
I like how a true separation is made between Alan Scott Green Lantern and that military force from Oa.
I also find it interesting that Wonder Woman is so sure that Darkseid and the â€œEvil Godsâ€ are involved that it is enough to convince Black Lightning and Green Lantern to form a league of heroes to fight against this still unknown entity.Â Itâ€™s kind of like the war on terror, â€œWe know those Evil Gods are behind this, we donâ€™t know where they are, but by god, weâ€™re going to form an army and invade somebody!â€
I had never heard of Article X before this issue, either.Â And isn’t the whole point of the JSA and JLA to be a group of heroes that band together in times of great crisis?
Apparently Article X doesnâ€™t require the approval of Dubya, as Alan Scott goes about recruiting Oracle, Aquaman (the new one, not the old one, but who is riding a giant sea horse ala the silver age), and the new Shazam, who used to be the old Captain Marvel Jr., but not to be confused with Billy Batsonâ€™s Captain Marvel who is the new Wizard Shazam.Â You didnâ€™t read Trials of Shazam! did you?Â Thatâ€™s okay, you are not alone.
So they are printing invitations now, huh?Â Time is either really in flux, or the Superfriends have a super fast copying and delivery service who can whip this stuff up in a matter of minutes.
Streaky the Supercat…can I get a Bwahaha?Â No?Â Moving on then…
Good gravy, from one cat to another.Â I didnâ€™t like Tawky Tawny from the silver age, I didnâ€™t like him in 52, so Iâ€™m sure as heck not gonna like him in Final Crisis.Â Although a walking talking tiger dressed in a suit at my beck and call would be pretty cool.Â I just hope he doesn’t pee in my laundry basket.
Oo! Red bra!
Apparently, Final Crisis #3 takes place BEFORE the final issue of the Atom, Teen Titans #40, and JSA #17, but AFTER the events of Countdown and Shadowpact, as Ryan Choi, a not yet depowered and revealed to be evil Bombshell, the new old Blue Devil, a not yet zapped to Earth-2 Powergirl, and Donna Troy are all present.
CONTINUITY BE DAMNED!
Oh hell with it… I give up…
Probably the most interesting part of the entire issue kicks off on this page as Mister Miracle (not THAT Mister Miracle) and the Japanese heroes from issue #2 are attacked.
Did you see what I did there? I made a reference to the Major Spoilers reviews that featured Holly Robinson.Â Of course you would have had to have read those reviews to get my meaning… Hey, Iâ€™m just like Grant Morrison now!Â Whoop-de-freakin-doo!
Is Morrison saying Shilo Norman is Jesus Christ here?
Are the Japanese heroes holding the souls of the Newsboy Legion?Â That car sure makes me think of the Wiz Wagon.Â Â Too bad the Newboy Army already appeared in Seven Soldiers of Victory.
They are not the Newsboy Legion, they are the Super Young Team.Â Same diff, right?Â Who gets to be Flippa-dippa?
The first panel could really be Wonder Woman in New Orleans following Katrina, couldnâ€™t it?
Atomic Knights are supposed to be on Earth-17.Â I guess theyâ€™ve been recruited to guard Bludhaven after the disaster.Â Sgt. Grayle looks to be one of the original Atomic Knights, but they lived in the post-apocalyptic future of 1992, which may explain why they are on New Earth… or maybe not.
Finding dead bodies is never a good thing, trust me.
Mary Marvel is back, but she has a shaved head, pink pigtails (I think Bill Cosby referred to that as a reverse mohawk), and is back to wearing bondage leather.Â Granny Goodness must have got her mitts on her after all and turned her into a new Female Fury.
Boy, by the time all this mess is over, Mary Marvel is going to have a more screwed up hero history than Powergirl/Matrix/Kara Zor-El/Linda Danvers.Â Oh, why canâ€™t we just have a dominatrix Mary Marvel from the I Canâ€™t Believe Itâ€™s Not the Justice League series?Â A) Because that alternate Earth is not one of the 52, and B) Grant Morrison didnâ€™t write it.
Mary Marvel sure makes a mess of those Atomic Knights, doesnâ€™t she?
WTF is up with Wonder Woman, did she not forget Mary Marvel actually did kill people in the pages of Countdown?Â Oh, right…
The plot is revealed.Â Now would be a good time for the heroes to enact Article X, makes more sense that way.
So what virus is this?Â The anti-life, Mortococci, or something else?Â Considering what happens to Wonder Woman on the final pages, Iâ€™m going to say Mortococcus.
The world shall end via an e-mail virus attachment.Â Â Thatâ€™s some good stuff, I tell you what.Â Makes me wonder if Morrison is a technophobe, or if he just hasnâ€™t installed the latest version of Norton?
Barry admits he was dead and is now back.Â Kind of different from the running faster than the speed of light to outrun death statement a few pages back.
Red Sky!Â Red Sky!
Looks like Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Catwoman, and Giganta are the new Furries, which makes me wonder which fury is inside the Alpha Lantern?
Is that Krypto and Ace the Bathound they are riding?
Yes, you too can become a Justifier of Apokolips if you call today. Very. Nice. Touch.
Yes, Iâ€™m having a bit of a go at Morrison on this series. I do get what Morrison is doing, and can respect that.Â However, if heâ€™s going to slap people around with this series, he should expect a little slapping back.Â Iâ€™m glad this issue finally revealed some of the information weâ€™ve been waiting for, but at the end, I can still only give Final Crisis #3 2.5 out of 5 stars.
You know what will make reading Final Crisis and all the other Final Crisis Tie-ins more fun?Â The collected trade containing all the issues in order with the tie-ins.