Batman will survive "Final Crisis", but what about other heroes, and us?
“Worlds will live and heroes will die in this epic tale spanning the beginning and end of the DC Universe,” according to a company press release.Yes, what happens? 4 years ago already, evil actually did win in Identity Crisis, not because it made sense or anything, but because the writers/editors dictated it. And by now, things are becoming too predictable, and the advertising too discouraging, one more reason why I see little reason to waste time on this crossover either.
Acclaimed writer Grant Morrison and artist J.G. Jones are the architects behind the seven-part miniseries. The first issue goes on sale next month.
“We’re going with a simple concept with ‘Final Crisis.’ It’s good vs. evil. We’ve been consistently raising the level of threats and dangers and the level of problems that occur to our heroes on a very consistent basis, and we’re upping the ante here. Our heroes are being challenged in their personal lives. Against immeasurable odds in ‘Final Crisis,’ they have to face what happens the day that evil wins.”
Wait, what? Evil wins?
“What do our heroes do? What happens to everybody when the heroes lose? It is a challenge of spirit, dedication, desire and belief,” Didio said.
The opening chapter follows Libra, an obscure villain of the Justice League from the ’70s who formed the Injustice League, stole the League’s powers and became something of a god. Here he’s assembled an army of DC’s most nefarious criminals.Wait a sec, didn't something like that already happen at least a decade ago, possibly during Underworld Unleashed? Nothing new here, I guess.
“He’ll grant the villains their greatest wishes,” Didio said.
The story in “Final Crisis” is so big that DC will also be offering a number of miniseries and one-shots that play off the events. “Batman R.I.P.” actually refers to a story line Morrison will be telling concurrently in the monthly Batman title.And I guess that marks another needless attempt to tug as much money as possible from the wallets of the buyers. With comics already at least 3 dollars, I wouldn't be surprised if this amounts to a lot of money that needs to be spent to figure out everything, again. And I've got a feeling that in spite of what DiDio says, there won't be much made clear beyond what we already know about why Batman is essential to the DCU.
That arc is “a total examination of Batman’s role in Gotham City and his role in the DC universe. By the end, it will be clear how and why he is essential,” Didio said.
Most curious of all though, is this line here:
“Final Crisis” completes a trilogy begun by previous miniseries “Identity Crisis” and “Infinite Crisis.”So let me get this straight. This is why the DCU's been bogged down as badly as it has for at least 4 years now? But how do we know that this is the end of the problems, and that every error they've made since then will finally be corrected? There's no garuntee.