Final Crisis #1 came out to a fairly lackluster response from many reviewers. Now that Final Crisis #2 is out, it’s interesting to see what people are saying now.
Jog enjoyed the issue:
Anyway, I thought issue #2 was a lot more fun than issue #1, particularly with the (excellent) Japanese superhero scene; poor Shilo Norman has to find even more obscure heroes now, a lost Fourth World dude and a hodgepodge of foreign outlooks (comics from Japan, tee hee). All the while, the evil influence brings about a souring of the superhero world… great compression in this thing. Nice, harsh location cuts.
And then there’s that odd taste of self-awareness, even a little tiredness – Superman hoping the Martian Manhunter will be revived sometime in the future, Lex Luthor acting utterly bored at the death of some expendable superhero (in an Event comic! *yawn*). Like Didio implied, these characters have seen it all. Is it good for the health of DC comics, rather than the DC Universe? Hell, I don’t know. And while I’m aware that if things get so bad they board up the windows it’ll mean less chances for people like Grant Morrison to write comics, I still find it awfully tough to shift my focus onto what’s Good For the Industry when I’m trying to interface with a particular work – my problem, folks.
But, you know, maybe I’m the second-most ideal reader for this particular thing. With a comic like this I guess the DCU hardcore superfan will forever be #1, but I have read every Grant Morrison DCU comic, and there may be nearly as much playing to that audience in here as well. Odd to be catered too.
DamienHospital had mixed feelings:
Well, after my disappointing Final Crisis #1 review, I got my hands on Final Crisis #2, written once again by icon Grant Morrison and drawn by the capable JG Jones. Going in reading this comic with ZERO expectations, I’d like to say I was pleasantly surprised, but once again I have to scratch my head how DC would allow the pacing and confusion of the Event of the Year to continue for 2 months now. YES, it was better…but not by much.
Yes, it was an easier read this time. since I know what’s going on (thanks to all of the comments I received last month for readers explaining everything to me, panel by panel), but ultimately, Issue 2 is still a setup issue with questionable time devoted to obscure or new characters.
It seems like the real word is much more exciting than FINAL CRISIS.
NatoneFLOYD thought Morrison and Jones failed to deliver:
If you were expecting a big payoff in this issue, you will be sorely disappointed. Hell, you’ll be disappointed if you were expecting any payoff at all. Both Grant Morrison and J. G. Jones fail to deliver. Morrison has cool ideas, like the Japanese superheroes and a bullet fired through time, but they are few and very far between. He tends to spread things very thin, so that I never really got a good picture of everything. His biggest problem, however, is one that has plagued him for most of his career. Don’t get me wrong, I love his work and he is a great writer, but he gets so lost in his massive knowledge of the DC Universe that he forgets that there are people (us) trying to follow him. The end result is that he knows what’s going on, but the rest of us get completely disoriented. Oddly enough, this usually makes whatever he writes very enjoyable, but, coupled with the rest of the problems this issue has, it really just makes a bad situation worse. After a few rereads, I think I finally grasped a little of what’s going on, but it doesn’t help make this issue any less of a disappointment. On top of all this, the issue stars a bunch of characters I don’t care about and, to be perfectly honest, I’m not even sure I should care about them.
So what do you think?