Comic reviews- Final Crisis #6

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I want to take a brief moment to show you how DC Comics solicited this issue:

“As the entire world turns against them, the last of Earth’s Super Heroes must face the unstoppable power of the Gods of Apokolips for the final time. Supergirl vs. Mary Marvel! Superman vs. Darkseid! The fate of the Flash! And the incredible return of the New Gods! The End of Days has come and the ultimate war between good and evil will at last be decided on the battlefield of a broken world!”

Only one out of these four things happen in this issue. But that’s okay? You know why? Because (a) so many other awesome things happen instead and (b) Final Crisis #6 is the best issue of the series yet.

After the events of Superman Beyond #2 (don’t worry, it’s not out yet), the Man of Steel visits a familiar friend from the future to help deal with the Crisis going on in the present. Meanwhile, Freddy Freeman and Supergirl continue to fight the corrupted Mary Marvel, while the tiger man Tawky-Tawny finds himself staring down Kalibak the Cruel (now also a tiger man!). Mister Miracle teaches Mr. Terrific the key to besting the Anti-Life Equation while the remaining heroes struggle to overcome Darkseid’s hordes, which now span most of the Earth. Elsewhere in Checkmate headquarters, Renee Montoya learns of the organization’s last-ditch plan to save Earth (it’s a doozy) and how she fits into it. But that’s not all: the villains serving under Libra finally make their move, the Flashes regroup, Darkseid confronts an unexpected challenger and Batman’s fate is finally revealed. All that while Metron and Nix Uotan observe an even greater threat on the horizon…

So yeah, a LOT happens this issue! There’s a lot to like about it, too: characters big and small get their moment to shine, especially Tawky Tawny (never expected to hear that, did you?), two of the more famous members of the Secret Society (would I be revealing too much if I said they were both follically-challenged?) and of course, a certain Dark Knight.  Grant Morrison also throws in some his trademark wild concepts into the mix, including a tribute to, as I believe another reviewer put it, “the power of imagination.” Also, fans who’ve been picking up the tie-ins, such as Legion of Three Worlds and Revelations, will be happy to hear they get lip service this issue.

Perhaps the one thing that could have been the resolution of the Supergirl/Shazam/Mary Marvel fight, which was a little too simple for my taste. It makes sense, sure, but I was expecting something a little more clever. Still, Mary’s announcement at the end makes me wonder if there’s something planned further down the line with her…

The art is done by five guys this issue and while you can tell more than one person worked on it, the collaboration is surprisingly fluid. In many ways, the art has improved: the fight scenes seem much more fluid and kinetic, no doubt thanks to the use of action lines . Then there’s the lovely last page drawn by Doug Mahnke, a clear homage to one of the most famous scenes from the original Crisis on Infinite Earths. I won’t tell you which one it is, but it shouldn’t be too hard to guess. A few have mentioned that they wouldn’t have minded if Mahnke had been involved with the series from the start and, with all due respect to J.G. Jones, I’d have to agree.

Sure, it would have been nice if the previous parts of Final Crisis had been this good. But hey, better late than never, right?

Goki’s rating: Fly DOWN

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2 Responses to “Comic reviews- Final Crisis #6”

  1. hypergraffic Says:

    Curious. That is a lot of characters that Morrison is tossing in, but not unlike him at all.

    I’m still desperate to see the fate of the Flash. I’m really worried about Wally West, kids!

  2. spiffyithaca Says:

    A lot of this was over my head as usual, but the fate of Batman and the continuing story with the Flash, and Black Canary and Anti-Life Ollie were the highlights, even though I’m not sure how to feel about any of it all.

    It still all hasn’t sunk in.

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