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Final Crisis at last 
24th-Dec-2008 01:07 pm
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 andrewh_rssAndrew said this is brilliant. Top class comic writing. Fantastic. Read it and I said ehhhhhhh 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.
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24th-Dec-2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
I got the hang of it when I read it all at once. And I focused on the characters I know: The Birds, Black Lightning, Renee and Crispus, Hal. It makes sense after a while.
24th-Dec-2008 01:12 pm (UTC)
Countless Flisters have explained the Crises series to me, and I still don't get it. xD

But I love Ollie's face after Dinah calls him Robin Hood. Ultimate example of O.o
24th-Dec-2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
I thinks that's more a "o_O minions at seven o'clock, brb!" face.
24th-Dec-2008 01:28 pm (UTC)
my biggest issue with Crisis is that it doesn't seem to be having any affect on the rest of the comic books. Usually, when you have some great huge comics book event, all the other books tie in somehow, and connect, but so far, it still feels like all the other books are dancing around the entire Crisis, and it just blows.

What I really miss? Once upon a time, the yearly crossover was handled almost exclusively in the annuals. Waverider, Milliunieum, Bloodlines, they all tied together through the annuals, and I loved it.

I'm just an old Codger, really.
24th-Dec-2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
The Crisis hasn't happened yet in the rest of the titles, and takes place after all other storylines. So what happens to Bruce happens after Batman RIP; there's no visible Connor Hawke (because he's off having weird shit happen to him); the Birds have disbanded and so on. The story, when finished, will slot into the rest of the titles. Or that's how I understand it.
25th-Dec-2008 05:16 am (UTC)
I sure hopeso. Cause right now, I'm kinda wishing Trinity had been the big Crisis.
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25th-Dec-2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
So, what you're syaing is they won't actually have issues interacting with Final Crisis, just the aftermath of it? Lame.
24th-Dec-2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
I gave up on FC after the third issue. It just wasn't doing for me. But the fact that you are enjoying it gives me reason to at least consider getting it in collected form after it's all done. And even if I am not liking it, I still think Morrison is a genius and someone who likes the heroes and who always knows how to end a story.

And I believe I stated before that I loved RIP despite some qualms about what Grant was doing. I have learned to trust him. Sometimes.
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24th-Dec-2008 04:16 pm (UTC)
I did actually, read those before trying again, as someone listed them as leading up. So it definitely was worth reading. I liked Resurrection of Ra's Al Ghul - if only because Tim Drake really is a precious little brat and I love to be annoyed at him.
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