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Final Crisis (Final Crisis)

3.37  ·  Rating Details ·  4,409 Ratings  ·  422 Reviews
Best-selling writer Grant Morrison (BATMAN, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, JLA) and critically acclaimed artist J.G. Jones (52, Wanted) redefine what it means to be a modern day Super Hero in this cosmic epic.

What happens when evil wins? That's the question Superman, Batman, the Justice League and every being in the DCU have to face when Darkseid and his otherworldly legion of narci
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by DC Comics (first published June 16th 2009)
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Zetta Kappa Yeah, half the people that read it are still wondering. That's why I'm just going to correct you, it's not a great book, it's pretentious shit.
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I feel like my giving this thing 3 stars is pretty generous. Then again, maybe I'm just not a big enough DC fan to understand everything that was going on.
I was pretty surprised when they killed off Batman. Well, not surprised that they killed him, because that's one of the main reasons I read Final Crisis. No, I was surprised that his death didn't get any real time on the page. Honestly, I kinda thought that I missed it, because it happened so fast.
Imagine you're in a car going about 180 mph.
Sam Quixote
Final Crisis is essentially a celebration of Jack Kirby’s contributions to the DCU couched in an end of the world “Crisis” event book between good (led by Superman) and evil, as Darkseid returns. His various minions are preparing Earth for his arrival in an attempt to curry his favour. A villain called Libra is trying to unite all the supervillains together against the superheroes, the Anti-Life equation is brainwashing everyone it comes across to Darkseid’s way of thinking, and the Green Lanter ...more
mark monday
Jun 22, 2011 mark monday rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comikon
grant morrison: super-hero or super-villain? you be the judge!

on the one hand, Final Crisis is an amazing achievement. it sure seems like dc just handed the reins to morrison and told him You Go And Do What You Do, We Don't Give A Flying Fuckeroo. they wanted to 'end' things with a bang and then press re-set. so he went for it. this is one of the most dense, layered, kaleidoscopic graphic novels i've ever read. the sheer amount of information being conveyed, page by page, is staggering and requi
This best selling graphic novel miniseries led to dozens of tie ins but was confusing to people who had not followed DC closely or were not willing to do the proper research. As a result you get people who say Morrison is a genius and others who say it was a load of confusion.

The tale opens with the archvillain Darkseid planning his usual domination and the JLA trying to stop him. It opens with the alarming death of a New God and an investigation that branches out into several other areas. What
John Wiswell
Mar 01, 2009 John Wiswell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Batman is at risk, no I mean the planet is at risk, no I mean the universe is at risk, no I mean all 52 existing universes are at risk, no I mean all time is at risk – oh screw it, it’s not like anyone cares. This is a trainwreck of a crossover story where characters are introduced and dropped, things happen without consequence and in the end everything is literally wished away. This is an utter failure on a narrative level, and any charms its experiments had are worn out long before you meet Nu ...more
Jesse A
Mar 25, 2015 Jesse A rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I hate it when I have to say this but this one was much too Morrison-y for my taste. So busy and convoluted and did I say busy?. Disappointed to say the least.
Jun 04, 2013 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In homage to Mark Twain's epic critical assassination of James Fenimore Cooper's "The Deerslayer," I present Grant Morrison's Literary Offenses.

There are eleven rules governing literary art in the domain of romantic fiction. In "Final Crisis," Morrison violated eighteen of them. These require:

1. That a tale shall accomplish something and arrive somewhere. But the "Final Crisis" tale accomplishes nothing and arrives in air.

(I can't tell what if any changes affected Earth, space, time or the multi
Dec 15, 2010 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Found the first few pages waaaaay too abstract to bother reading the rest. However it keeps coming back at me, and after realizing it was the linchpin between Batman RIP and Batman Reborn, I finally gave in.

This book feels like it's all over the place - intentionally. That's good for the DC geeks who know every minor character or sub-plot that gets a cameo here, but holy hell is it uninteresting to a DC amateur like me.

And frankly the hardest part of reading this book was trying to find and foll

"Increase production! Work! Consume! Die! Judge others! Condemn the different! Exploit the weak!"

On my second read through I still don't fully understand what happens. Morrison bulldozes the fourth wall and drags the reader kicking and screaming. It's by far his least accessible and most syncopated story, jumping between scenes, settings, characters, and especially through time. While I generally enjoyed it, this is one of the most cryptic stories I've ever read.

Oh great, he mentioned the fourt
BAYA Librarian
Here's the basics:
• Final Crisis was last year's massive DC Comics crossover event in which every DC character of note (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, etc.) was pulled into an apocalyptic battle against Darkseid.
• It was written by Grant Morrison, a major figure on the comic book landscape for more than a decade who is known for his wild, reality-bending plots and encyclopedic knowledge of superhero history.
• Batman dies. For real. (Well, we see him get hit by some super-bullet
I'd heard many, many talks, interviews, debates, etc. about "Final Crisis" before I'd read it.

I've heard somewhere that it split all of comic book fandom in half.

On one side there were those (who were presumably not fans of Morrison) saying, "This is crap! It's not fair! He's out of his mind and on drugs and he just writes down whatever craziness comes into his head and AAAARRRRRGGGGHHH!"

On the other there were those who said it was pure genius.

This almost made me afraid to read it. I only did s
Nov 12, 2009 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, dc
It's fitting that two tie-ins to this massive, profitable event comic are called "Submit" and "Resist"--this book is either inviting an obsessive, detailed reading or a cold, scrambled mess. If you put in the effort, by pouring over the panels or reading Final Crisis Annotations or other guides, it's a dense but engaging and funny metacommentary on the potential for superhero comics. It sucks you in if you submit. On the other hand, if you want a consume-in-one-sitting pop comic, it's easy to fi ...more
Final Crisis collects a bunch of interesting ideas and tells them in the most confusing way possible, with a constant barrage of people yelling "Anti-life! Anti-life!" which may be the dumbest name for what the bad guys are implementing in the history of comics.

Ok, probably not. But it's a really bad name.
Ryan Stewart
I typically love Grant Morrison, including the majority of his mostly magnificent run on the various Batbooks. By and large, I hated this. I tried to care, I tried to delve into the mind of Morrison, I put in the research to understand all of the subtle nods and overarching themes Morrison pulled from 70-plus years of DC comics. Instead I was mostly bored, confused and waiting for it to end. It was so epic and multiverse-shattering in scope, it never allowed itself a chance to make sense or prov ...more
Jedi JC Daquis
Jun 01, 2014 Jedi JC Daquis rated it it was ok
Final Crisis is a grand and multi-layered DC comics crossover event that only a few can pull off, like Grant Morrison. The story is teeming with DC comics history that almost makes it an inaccessible read for many, not to mention the Morrison-style of weirdness and craziness much like his other works such as The Filth and Batman R.I.P. That mind-trip slightly hampered the entertainment and I have to back-read often in Final Crisis to understand what is happening.
May 26, 2014 Aildiin rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
This one went mostly way over my head the first time I read it.
However I just re-read it after reading all the Morrison JLA stories and I am starting to grasp some things.
It's still some of the craziest work of Morrison but among the crazy stuff there are some gems.( the monitor stuff is still way over the top in my opinion).
Mar 07, 2016 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: events, dc
If you take the word crisis out of the title, this may be viewed a bit more favourably. When comparing it to other crisis (I have only read Crisis On Infinite Earths and Infinite a Crisis) events it does not stack up well. To put it bluntly it's a bit of a mess. The story jumps from plotline to plotline far too quickly, making the plot too abrupt and fractured. Thankfully, as I have read quite a lot of Morrison book, I am well versed in his confusing (a word you are going to hear a lot in this r ...more
Second Read: Grant Morrison comes off like a colossal turd. There were great ideas in this book. And for the most part they are told in a semi tangible way, but then it just gets to a point where he goes off the wagon and makes a complete fool of the story. Over complicating a good story and ruining it all with stupid un readable dialogue where your left wandering what the f@$k just happened.

This story could have been so much better if it just kept the ideas simple. This was slightly less confu
If I was going to rate Final Crisis on the ideas and the ambition that Morrison brought to the table, this would be a four star book, at least. If I was going to rate it solely on the writing and execution of those ideas... Well, more like a two star book.

Morrison is like this, and I think we all know it by now: brilliant, mad ideas but executed in a way that can just be confusing. I like to think that if Morrison had been given 9 or 12 issues to tell his story, instead of just 7, it would have
May 12, 2016 Aventinus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
★ = Abysmal, Painful to Read

Ό,τι χειρότερο έχω διαβάσει σε comics και σίγουρα από τα χειρότερα πράγματα που έχω διαβάσει γενικότερα. Το Final Crisis ήταν μία επίπονη εμπειρία. Ειλικρινά δεν μπορώ να φανταστώ πως κάποιος μπορεί να το θεωρεί αριστούργημα χωρίς να είναι τελείως δήθεν. Ήταν τόσο κακό που δεν ξέρω καν τι να γράψω σε αυτό το review. Όσο και να περιγράψω την απαισιότητα του συγκεκριμένου δημιουργήματος τα λόγια μου θα είναι λίγα. Επομένως, αυτό δεν είναι review, είναι προειδοποίηση: Με
Wow. This was quite impressive, a little high-brow, a little complex, a little high concept, but that is exactly why you pick up a Grant Morrison. The only downside for me was the cameo appearance made by Batman... Oh, and the laaaarge cast. It made it hard to track all of them at once, but the beauty of this comic was the action kept moving, the stakes kept rising and rising. Bravo! An absolute gem.
Oct 15, 2013 Kenny rated it really liked it
Final Crisis is a frustrating, flawed and ultimately brilliant work. I don’t think I could write anything that would add to what has already been said by its fans and detractors other than regardless of your feelings this should be read by comic book fans again and again.

Jul 13, 2015 Arturo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to read it again to see if I can follow the story this time around, and it's still one hell of a mess.

Imagine first how hard it was to follow when it was coming out monthly. Legion of 3 worlds ended after Final Crisis 7 came out but it happened before the event and had nothing to do with it. Superman Beyond turns out was actually important because it had to do with FC #7. Revelations had nothing to do with the event. Thankfully Geoff Johns wrote Rogues Revenge and Rage of the Red Lanter
Aaron Reisberg
May 18, 2012 Aaron Reisberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
If I were to add fire to the flames of internet rumors, I'd say this saga suffered from too much editorial interference. But I don't have too much concrete evidence to back that up.

That said, I'm probably one of one people I know who loved this story (at least the story concept). Yes, there are five trillion DC comics heroes and villains running all over the place (although far fewer than other authors' attempts at "Crisis" books). And yes, reading other DC books by Grant Morrison can help this
Zetta Kappa
Oct 05, 2016 Zetta Kappa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love comics. I love DC. I like the darkness in its comics and the characters themselves. BUT...

Final Crisis made me have crisis. There are so many things wrong in the direction of this comic book, it's (borderline?) unreadable. There's a kind of pretentiousness that forced the creators to make this deliberately hard to understand, both in script, direction and design that I hated. Why DC? Just... why did you do this to me? not OK

Aug 12, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Still so much to put together after reading it. I think this is one of those books whose elements dawn on you gradually because there's so much and there are so many people in them.
Jul 22, 2014 JB rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-dc-collection
It's a murder mystery, an apocalyptic story, with elements of time travel, parallel universes and much much more.

I enjoyed Final Crisis. It really was an event story. Filled with characters and fights, huge battles, filled with loss and gain, hope and despair.

I loved issue 682 and 683 (the Butler Did It and the Butler Did it Again). I already read it when I read Batman RIP. I like how it's sort of the story of Batman when it actually isn't really. We get a glimpse of how the world would be and
I read this in one sitting, all last night. Maybe not the wisest thing to do. Obviously I don't know every bit of DC lore, but from cartoons, wikipedia, talking to greater comic geeks than I, and of course actual comics, I know a fair amount. I liked some of the sheer weirdness of it, but sheer weirdness only holds for so long. Nobody does trippy bonkers better than Grant Morrison many times, but trippy bonkers should be the icing on a great cake, not the consuming element. My greatest issue was ...more
Johnnie Arnold
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This is kind of a classic Good vs. Evil apocalyptic theme but you know, since it's Grant Morrison, it gets twisted throughout dimensions/outside of time and space/to outer reaches of the multiverse,etc. What Mr. Morrison is doing with Superhero comics is kind of unreal in how much of a mindfuck it is. Kids read this shit? Really?

Superman has to upgrade to 5th dimensional vision so he can eventually be shown the device that creates reality (and memorize it so he can recreate it later, to save th
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Scottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of his work. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics' Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics' New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Many of these are controversial, ...more
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“...A thought robot activated by the tremendous energies unleashed during collisions of fundamental opposing qualities. A new fusion process powered by... 'dualites'? No. There are no dualities. Only symmetries." Final Crisis: Superman Beyond” 3 likes
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