Taken as individual issues during their initial release, Final Crisis felt weirdly insubstantial, as if they needed to be experienced as a whole to gain the weight that you were somehow convinced that they secretly had, hidden away somewhere - and, to an extent, that's true It's just that the whole they need isn't the whole that DC's new collected edition gives to you. The plot of Final Crisis , for those who missed the original serialization, is essentially that Earth is invaded by Darkseid and his minions, the few remaining " New Gods " from the s Fourth World comics by comic great Jack Kirby , and that Darkseid takes over the world, eradicates free will, and in doing so, brings about the end of everything.
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Included within this are sequences about divine intervention bringing fire to humanity, Superman transcending reality to save the love of his life and the universe - in that order - the return of the Flash and the death of Batman, amongst many others, and if that description makes it seem very scattered and overly busy, then that's not entirely an unfair complaint Add in that deadlines on the original publication meant that multiple artists draw the core Final Crisis series, and that their styles aren't always a good match for each other, and you have another complication, although I admit that this particular one didn't bother me at all.
Sadly, one of the things that saved the series in its original format - the consistency of tone, despite the intentionally choppy storytelling - is sacrificed here, as Final Crisis itself takes a break after three issues for the Submit and Superman Beyond issues; while Submit is in keeping with the increasingly bleak, disturbing feel of Crisis , Superman Beyond is a much more inspirational story, and ends with a moment of triumph entirely at odds with the continuation of Crisis that immediately follows In its original release, Superman Beyond 's conclusion was released concurrently with the final episode of Crisis , which makes more sense, tonally ; reading the collection straight through, there's a wrench going into, and coming out of, Beyond that damages the coherency of the overall story in a way that it struggles to recover from for a long time afterwards.
Like the majority of Morrison's superhero work, this isn't a story that will satisfy fans of the literal; it's very much an allegorical, lyrical story Literally, on that last point, by the time you reach Darkseid's final confrontation with Superman , with narrative clarity sacrificed on occasion for artistic effect - It's very much a story you feel as much as anything, and because of that, re-reading it becomes a strange celebration of the successful moments with an increasing awareness of its faults; you notice the plots that disappear, or moments that defy sense more clearly, but throughout the entire thing, there's something so ambitious and self-aware about its own superhero comic nature that you can't help but be won over at times nonetheless The amount of times may rely on how much you enjoy the melodramatic dialogue patterned after Jack Kirby's, or the importance of the spectacle over the minutiae, however.
Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream, as one of his heroes once advised, and you'll be fine. Fair enough. But that is a retcon of Final Crisis 7.
There is great debate over how Wonder Woman ended up being free from Darkseid's control, and to what extent Frankenstein was involved, especially as Morrison makes a point of establishing that Frankenstein was immune to the morticoccus virus. It is unclear if he DID save her. But if he DID, it would have something to do with the fact that he was immune to the effects of the morticoccus virus. Honestly, it could be just as simple as "Frankenstein defeated her by, allowing the good guys to cure her with an antidote to the morticoccus virus off-panel.
In addition, as we saw at the end of Final Crisis 6, heroes were beginning to lose their powers, so Frankenstein's immunity could be as simple as Morrison's way of saying "This is why he was able to fight her without losing his powers. But really, the "true" answer is that Morrison leaves how Wonder Woman was freed up to the reader's imagination. When freed, Wonder Woman binds Darkseid's "body," which is now non-corporeal, and releases his grasp on anyone who was not already freed by The Ray. While Superman is trying to build the Miracle Machine to fix Earth, he proceeds to use a shrinking ray and then cryogenics to store the population of Earth while he is working, as he does not know how long he needs to work on the Miracle Machine.
This leads to a great meta-commentary line where Lois mentions that when Superman is finished, he will take her "back from the fridge.
Superman is confronted by the last non-corporeal vestiges of Darkseid, who is now sort of clinging to the Multiverse itself. As established in Superman Beyond, the multiverse exists on different levels of tonal vibrations, so Superman extinguishes Darkseid once and for all until someone brings him back, of course by singing a particular note to create a vibration that cancels Darkseid out.
The silence after the great song so loud that it almost broke Superman's vocal cords allows Superman to discover the hum of Element X.click
I see it like this - the Element X Superman finds is not the Worlogog. Howver, the Worlogog might very well have been made out of Element X. We just don't know. Mandrakk shows up, and we see basically the only direct connection to Final Crisis: Revelations, as we see the Spectre and The Radiant from Revelations drained by Mandrakk. Likely, things were just now getting serious enough for the gods like Spectre to get involved.
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To wit, when it was just Darkseid as the bad guy, they were content freeing Barry Allen from death's grasp to take care of Darkseid for them. But when Mandrakk showed up, they really were in trouble, as Mandrakk eats universes, for crying out loud!
So The Spectre and the Radiant get involved and they get defeated. The Green Lanterns, who have been stuck in a holding pattern since they arrive outside of Earth at the end of Final Crisis 5, finally find a way into Earth by the pathway created by Mandrakk's destroyers. They did not end up actually doing anything, but Nix was basically bringing out anything he could to intimidate Mandrakk. This is equalled later on the same page when Zauriel and the Pax Dei show up.
Again, Mandrakk is a much bigger deal than Darkseid, so Mandrakk is a big enough deal for the heavens to get involved. But really, they are there more as "Look at everyone I have with me, Mandrakk, you are done. One became good, the other became evil. The Anti-Monitor is still running around somewhere. He likely is the Monitor mentioned above. He later becomes the only Monitor left on Earth who is still a Monitor. He is the direct connection to the Over-Monitor.
There's some other ones, but their names are unimportant incompetent leader 1, ineffectual leader 2, etc. B ack to the issue Superman's wish for a "happy ending" has internal limitations placed on it by Superman himself, mostly he does not mess with things he does not think are his call to change, stuff like Martian Manhunter's death and Batman's "death. The Monitors now fade away, to be reborn as human beings, with only Nix remaining as a human as the connection to the Over-Monitor.
The Anti-Monitor is not connected to these Monitors, so he is still out there. The question remains of whether Superman's wish for a happy ending included the Monitors. I don't think it did, but I can easily see how it could have, especially since Superman would certainly think they'd be happier as humans than as cosmic vampires, right? The only downside would be that Weeja and Nix would be apart, but really, if they're both humans, who is to say that they do not reconnect AS humans?
One of the big changes in the status quo is that everyone in the world is aware that there is a multiverse now. It is common knowledge. It will be quite interesting to see if "serious" DC comic books will try to downplay this revelation as much as they can. Batman takes over from Anthro, and again, where, when and what Earth is unknown until Morrison returns to Batman in June and even then, it is unknown if he will get right on Bruce's adventures or if Morrison will be concentrating on whoever the "new" Batman is.
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