A few months ago, I read the first few issues of both Batman RIP
and Final Crisis
, and was confused and put out by my confusion and not sure what to make of it. Then Andrew
this is brilliant. Top class comic writing. Fantastic. Read it
and I said
and read Young Avengers
and Y: The Last Man
and Gotham Central
instead, letting the current stories collate and finish before trying them again. Which turned out to be a good idea.
Not as good an idea as starting from a few issues before Batman RIP proper, because I apparently hadn't yet learned that comic arcs need a run up to plunge into, because I'd forgotten how much I love the fact that Big 2 comics are ongoing incidents in rich character lives in large complex universes, and as Pterry once said, stories never really
start with 'Once upon a time'.
So, Batman RIP
turns out in fact, to be a gripping, interesting set of stories that captured me and was very enjoyable, and converted me to Morrison in a way that All Star Superman
couldn't. The Robin
issues I'd already read were bizarre and disconnected, but the satellite stories in Nightwing
and Detective Comics
were great. The Outsiders
- meh. But I'm never going to like Cassandra Cain as she's currently being written, so screw it.Final Crisis
so far has, it turns out, been excellent
. A real drama, exciting thriller of a story, with the entire universe tied up. It's hard to win me over with what's essentially a mind-control plot, because mind control freaks me out so very much, but Morrisson's acknowledged that and managed to involve the parts of fear I want engaged, without fetishising the horror too much.
It's a great story appealing to me as a comic-lover, but has been ambiguous to me as a specific fan: Renee's had some great time in Revelations
and the main title, but Black Canary and Oracle leave me questioning, tied up unfortunately with what I think is a great Dinah/Ollie moment.
Dinah spends the first half of the story being about as useful as she's been as Chairman in the Justice League of America
title: not very at all. Only on panel really to wander around in underwear or to mourn J'Onn, which she does well, but she's not exactly taking a leadership role as leader of the premier superhero organisation in the world.
In Final Crisis 4
, a few weeks after Barbara's given the order to "pull the plugs" on the internet - I'm not kidding you, she says this - Dinah and Babs are hanging around in the JLA Earth based HQ, with the Flash wives, apparently part of a resistance, when Ollie runs in with the Ray and the Tattooed Man, who has the key to winning. Under attack from Darkseid's forces, Dinah has the idea of using the Ray to teleport everyone to the Watchtower, and Ollie pushes them all into the tubes:
While he himself stays behind to play Kamikaze
So, Dinah's stuck in the Watchtower with Oracle not actually doing any arse kicking. I'm going to wait and see if this group prove important in the final two issues, to decide how happy I am about her being stuck up there out of the way. I'm currently optimistic, but as it is, it worried me.
But elsewhere, there's Renee! Helena! All I need is some sort of indication of where Deadshot and Catman are and I'll be happy as anything. And the one character I dislike more than any character in the entire DC verse - not in a love-to-hate way, but actively dislike and never want to see him again - has been killed, so I'm counting that as a plus as well.
Comics can do things right sometimes.