Review: Final Crisis

Final Crisis is kind of a frustrating book, epitomizing both the best and worst of Grant Morrison.  There are big ideas on display on every page and the scale of the story is overwhelming.  This is a tribute to the legacy of Jack Kirby, its a meditation on the role of superheroes in pop culture, and its the summation of Morrison’s entire career at DC.  Thus while it is often great, it’s more often prohibitively dense.

You really have to wrestle with this story in order to grok it, and while normally that’s a very rewarding experience with a Grant Morrison book, it doesn’t really work when the comic in question is supposed to be a widescreen tent-pole event.  Huge events happen in this book, the silver age Flash returns from the dead, while both Batman & the Martian Manhunter meet their ends, and yet these moments get lost in the somewhat experimental narrative.  

This is soooo close to being a great book, but somehow it just doesn’t quite work.

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