Final Crisis Crisis

The Major Spoilers Crew breaks down the last issue of DC’s Final Crisis in a page by page commentary.

Final Crisis #7

Written by Grant Morrison; Art by Doug Mahnke and Christian Alamy; Covers by J.G. Jones and Doug Mahnke

The dramatic finale to the epic, seven-part saga of the DC multiverse concludes with an apocalyptic battle for the soul of humanity that must be seen to be believed! Can the heroes of 52 Earths save the multiverse? And is the only way to save it, to change it forever?

And as the skies bleed, as the walls between universes crumble and fall, the ultimate threat to life makes its presence felt as an evil beyond imagining arrives to claim its prize. Mandrakk the Dark Monitor is coming and the DC Multiverse will never be the same again!

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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13 Comments

  1. Albert
    February 4, 2009 at 6:45 am — Reply

    Man, loved the issue! So much happened, THAT was worth the money.

    1) Batman lives only he’s at the start of time
    2) Darkseid dies and becomes the seed of New Genesis in the emergence of the Fifth World
    3) The Monitors retrench from the Orrery
    4) Superman rebuilds the Miracle Machine (from memory, I might add) and saves the multiverse
    5) The Flashes are back, reversing their deaths in prior crises
    6) Everyone on Earth now knows of the existence of the multiverse, which gets rid of the 800 lb. gorilla for future stories involving the Multiverse

    BTW, I know that most people might not understand what Morrison was trying to get at, but the ‘incoherence’ of this issue was explained that Darkseid’s fall caused time and space to crash, thus its nonlinear nature and continuity errors. The presence of Mandrakk also stripped the story of meaning, as he is the eater of stories (explained in the Superman Beyond two-shot). The Aquaman return was probably a result of that as well. I thought there was rationality for freezing the denizens of New Earth into ice cubes because of safety precautions, plus there wasn’t enough room to fit EVERY SENTIENT BEING into a space satellite. Also, the pyramid was a symbol of J’onn J’onzz’s death, both Hawkman and Hawkgirl were the two feathers. Such a metatexual and existential epic for DC…

    COOL BEANS!

  2. Ricco
    February 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm — Reply

    The hand at the begenning of the universe was the Anti-Monitor’s, remember how the Specter drainned a bunch of heroes of their powers in order to wrestles it before he could grab and destroy the proto universe? They even joke about it in Family Guy when Peter explains the begining of time as a hand wrestling match between God and his roommate Jeff.

  3. Ricco
    February 4, 2009 at 12:57 pm — Reply

    Doesn’t Hawkman and Hawkgirl reincarnate everytime they die? Why kill someone whose whole story revolves around them NOT staying dead?

    P.S.- Final also grew on me… like a feaking tumor!

  4. Ricco
    February 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm — Reply

    @Stephen: “F’ Continuity” they should make a t-shirt, they’d sell millions ;-)

    Here’s what I believe to be the best take on Batman’s death, read the writers comment dude was right freaking on: http://www.lilformers.com/index.php/2009/01/19/lil-formers-132-yeah-right/

  5. Phil
    February 4, 2009 at 1:29 pm — Reply

    Stephen: I just finished reading Rann-Thanagar Holy War and that seemed to imply that Hawkman’s “past” was just the memories of all the other hawkmen of the multiverse jumbled thoughter.

    As for Final Crisis, it was ok. Kind of wish J.G Jones had been able to do all of the art.

    • February 4, 2009 at 1:48 pm — Reply

      Ricco: Yeah, we’ve got a shirt in the works for the good Major Spoiler boys and girls ;)
      Phil: Oh, so you are the one that bought that book :)

  6. Phil
    February 4, 2009 at 1:47 pm — Reply

    ^together not thoughter
    I Really need to look at what i type before submitting it

  7. Phil
    February 4, 2009 at 5:25 pm — Reply

    i like Adam Strange’s rocket pack

  8. Kirby
    February 4, 2009 at 6:14 pm — Reply

    In my mind the song to save the universe was “God gave rock ‘n’ roll to you.” One day I may pick up the last 6 issues of final crisis.

  9. JMF
    February 4, 2009 at 6:40 pm — Reply

    Stephen Sir i shall have you know i also bought Rann/Thannagar Holy war. On second thoughts should i be that honest about it. Final Crisis was something i enjoyed when i finally started putting the pieces together. However issue 7 was the hardest of all to get through.

  10. Dork
    February 6, 2009 at 10:33 pm — Reply

    What a piece of crap book and series. DC comics: get passed this meta commentary crap and FIX Batman! No more dues ex utility belt, no more Godmind personality. We know he’s fiction! But his fictional character is that of an urban vigilante! James Bond is a fictional character, but when you go to his movies, do you see him realizing he’s fictional, the center of the universe, can’t lose and can’t die? Is there a mathematical proof that James Bond wins? No! Because he’s a fiction for spy action thrillers! Just like Batman is a fiction for urban crime vigilante stories. What is this time travel, god-person crap?

    Stop deconstructing Batman and f’ing tell stories with him. Assholes.

  11. Batsquid
    February 8, 2009 at 11:17 pm — Reply

    I will say the same thing I said before – Batman can’t die this way its ridiculous and even if he is alive at the dawn of time- It makes no sense- Maybe the Flash will jump on the cosmic treadmill after the battle for the flashes boots and pull Bruce Wayne back so he can kill Jason Todd and win the Battle for the Cowl-
    Grant Morrison needs to go- Bring Batman back – let him do what he does best- Fight the menagerie of really schedule crooks that live in Gotham- keep Tim Drake as Robin for awhile so he can go to Gotham University- and lead the Titans- Maybe Dick can be the new leader of the Justice League- so he can find some new lady superhero to have romantic relations with-
    But this Crap where DC continually tries to destroy Batman- and then he has to come back stronger with a slightly altered costume showing he is really serious now- WHat a joke- I love Batman as a character- Superman can be really cool- I am so disappointed with DC’s commitment to this complete hack of a writer- Morrison is awful- He nearly destroyed the Justice League-

    DC do yourselves a favor – Hire someone who can write to bring Batman back is say issue 686 explain it was a Dallas like dream sequence- and stop this Battle for the COWL crap. Its a joke- by the way – You are losing readers- because you continually give us not what we want but what some stupid writer thinks is creative-

    In the meantime the $100 bucks a month I spend on new comics – much of that to titles like Robin, Nightwing, Batman, Catwoman, Detective, Justice League and Teen Titans- Is going toward either Marvel books or back issues- I know alot of other readers who feel the same way.

    Case in point when Captain America dies the Newspapers had it- The news websites , TV, This writing is so bad the Death of Batman got zero. Bring him back – before you destroy an ICON-

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