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Final Crisis
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Cover art of the Final Crisis hardcover
Art by J.G. Jones.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Monthly
Format Limited series
Genre Superhero
Crossover
Publication date July 2008 – March 2009
Number of issues 7
Main character(s) DC Multiverse
Creative team
Writer(s) Grant Morrison
Artist(s) J. G. Jones (1-6)
Marco Rudy (5-6)
Penciller(s) Carlos Pacheco (4-6)
Doug Mahnke (6-7)
Inker(s) Jesus Merino (4-6)
Christian Alamy (6-7)
Tom Nguyen (7)
Drew Gerasi (7)
Norm Rapmund (7)
Rodney Ramos (7)
Walden Wong (7)
Doug Mahnke (7)
Letterer(s) Rob Leigh (1-4)
Travis Lanham (5, 7)
Rob Clark (6)
Colorist(s) Alex Sinclair
Pete Pantazis (6-7)
Tony Aviña (7)
Creator(s) Grant Morrison
J. G. Jones
Editor(s) Eddie Berganza
Adam Schlagman
Collected editions
Hardcover ISBN 1-4012-2281-1

Final Crisis is a crossover storyline that appeared in comic books published by DC Comics in 2008, primarily the seven-issue miniseries of the same name written by Grant Morrison. Originally DC announced the project as being illustrated solely by J. G. Jones; artists Carlos Pacheco, Marco Rudy and Doug Mahnke later provided art for the series.[1][2] It directly follows DC Universe #0 after the conclusion of the 51-issue Countdown to Final Crisis weekly limited series.[3] Promotion about the limited series describes its story as "the day evil won". The series deals with alien villain Darkseid's plot to overthrow reality, and the subsequent death and corruption of various DC characters and their universe.

Contents

Publication history

Final Crisis came out of several ideas Grant Morrison had when he returned to DC comics in 2003. Morrison said, "I pitched a huge crossover event called Hypercrisis, which didn’t happen for various reasons. Some of Hypercrisis went into Seven Soldiers, some went into All Star Superman, some went into 52 and some of it found a home in Final Crisis."[4] According to Grant Morrison, work finally began on Final Crisis #1 in early 2006, with the intention of the series being a thematic and literal sequel to Seven Soldiers and 52, two projects that Morrison was heavily involved in at the time.[5]

References to Infinite Crisis as the "middle Crisis"[6] gave readers the impression there would be at least one additional major follow-up to the original Crisis on Infinite Earths. A May 2007 teaser poster confirmed this speculation with the tagline: "Heroes die. Legends live forever."

Final Crisis was preceded by "Countdown", a year-long weekly series which was meant as a follow-up to 52. Halfway through, the series was re-named "Countdown to Final Crisis". However, the artwork met with delays.[citation needed] To keep the release on schedule, Countdown wrapped with issue #1 and its planned final issue (#0) was revamped as a 50 cent one-shot special called "DC Universe" #0. Besides hyping upcoming storylines such as "Batman R.I.P." and "The Blackest Night," the issue was narrated by Barry Allen and featured Libra leading a group of super-villains in prayer for the "god of evil", Darkseid. The result is, as described by Morrison, that "we’re watching him fall back through the present, into the past of Seven Soldiers where he finally comes to rest in the body of 'Boss Dark Side’, the gangster from that story."[5]

To help readers identify events pertinent to Final Crisis and other major DCU events in the coming months, a "Sightings" cover banner appears on various DC comics as "signposts, marking important storybeats and moments throughout the DC Universe."[7] The first such headers appeared on Justice League of America (vol. 2) #21 and Action Comics #866, respectively (the JLA issue featured Libra's return and his recruiting of the Human Flame).

The original intent was for Jones to pencil the whole series. Due to delays, however, Carlos Pacheco drew issues #4-6 with Jones, and issue 7 was drawn entirely by Doug Mahnke. Jones said that “Any problems completing the series are my own. I love Doug Mahnke’s art, and he would have probably been a better choice to draw this series in the first place.”[8]

In addition to the core limited series the larger storyline includes a number of tie-ins, including one-shots and limited series.

The one-shots comprise "Requiem,"[9] "Resist,"[10] "Secret Files" and "Submit". Also "Rage of the Red Lanterns" is the start of a storyline of the same name, that picks up on events in "Green Lantern: Secret Origin" and continues in Green Lantern #36-38. It starts as a tie-in because, according to writer Geoff Johns, "events in Final Crisis have motivated the Guardians to proceed further with their attempted containment of the light".[11]

The limited series comprise Superman Beyond (a two issue mini-series also written by Grant Morrison), Legion of 3 Worlds (a five-issue limited series focusing on the different incarnations of the Legion of Super-Heroes[12]), Revelations (a five-issue limited series[13]), and Rogues' Revenge (a three-issue mini-series focused on the Flash Rogues[14]).

Plot

Metron of the New Gods is shown at the dawn of human civilization giving Anthro the gift of fire, proclaiming, "Here is knowledge." In the present day, detective Dan Turpin discovers a dying Orion. The Guardians of the Universe inform the Green Lantern Corps that a god has been murdered. The superhuman community becomes involved. Libra recruits a supervillain army, killing the Martian Manhunter in a display of power. While investigating the area where Orion's death occurred, Green Lantern John Stewart is nearly killed by an unknown assailant using a Green Lantern power ring. Hal Jordan is framed for the attack.[15]

The superhuman community becomes aware of a plot by the New Gods of Apokolips to enslave humanity. After discovering that John Stewart's attacker was an Alpha Lantern named Kraken, Batman is abducted. Superman leaves Earth in order to save the life of Lois Lane. Mary Marvel, whose body is possessed by Desaad, infects Wonder Woman with morticoccus, the "god bacterium" designed to strip Earth's heroes of their powers.[15][16] Barry Allen, the second Flash, returns from the dead and attempts to prevent Orion's murder.[15] The Evil Gods' forces release the Anti-Life Equation on modern means of communication, turning half of humanity into mindless slaves of Darkseid.[16]

Teaser poster for Final Crisis

Barry Allen reunites with his wife, Iris West, and frees her from the Anti-Life Equation. Various superheroes resist the Anti-Life Equation, which culminates in an attack on Darkseid's forces in Blüdhaven. Nix Uotan - a Monitor who was sentenced to live on Earth as a human - with the help of what looks like Sam Simeon or possibly the Detective Chimp, as well as Metron (still in the crippled body he had during Seven Soldiers), remembers his past and awakens as a powerful new being.[17] With the help of other evil New Gods hiding in human bodies, Turpin's body was altered to serve as a new vessel for Darkseid's consciousness and powers, and Turpin struggles with Darkseid for control. Losing hope, Turpin surrenders his body and Darkseid becomes fully alive.

The Flashes attempt to stop Darkseid before his presence on Earth destroys reality.[18] Within Darkseid's bunker, Batman escapes and confronts Darkseid. He states he will "make a once in a lifetime exception" to his "no firearms" rule and shoots Darkseid using the bullet that killed Orion. As Darkseid is shot he fires the Omega Sanction from his eyes and apparently kills Batman.[18] Doctor Sivana helps disable the Justifiers so that Lex Luthor can kill Libra. Superman returns to Earth from the 31st century, where he was given access to the reality-altering Miracle Machine by Brainiac 5. Superman attacks Darkseid's bunker, finding Batman's corpse.

Barry Allen and Wally West, pursued by the Black Racer, witness Superman's clash with Darkseid. Darkseid's followers unleash Omega Beams on the two Flashes, who outrace the beams and cause them to hit Darkseid. The Black Racer reaches Darkseid as he lays dying from Radion poisoning and removes his essence from Dan Turpin's body. The Female Furies clash with Libra's army of mind-controlled superhumans, now under Luthor's control. Wonder Woman is freed and binds Darkseid's body with her lasso, freeing the rest of humanity from Darkseid's control. Darkseid's essence continues dragging the multiverse into him, with only a few buildings of Earth-0/New Earth not being drawn into Darkseid. Time and space unwind as Darkseid's essence dies.

As reality breaks down, Superman, with the help of the remaining superheroes and humans, constructs a copy of the Miracle Machine. Darkseid's essence attempts to claim the Miracle Machine. However, Superman sings a note at a frequency that counters Darkseid's vibrational frequency, shattering his essence. Mandrakk the Dark Monitor arrives to consume Superman. He taunts Superman, saying he has nothing to start the Miracle Machine with, so Superman should come to Mandrakk and embrace the death of everything. Superman counters this, and uses the solar energy in his body to power the Miracle Machine, in order to restore the Multiverse to its proper form. Led by the Captain Marvel of Earth-5 and gathered by the Question, an army of alternate Supermen from across the Multiverse appears, including a Man of Steel who is actually U.S. President Barack Obama in his secret identity.[19] Nix Uotan arrives and summons the Zoo Crew (restoring their original forms and powers in the process), as well as the Army of Heaven, the Green Lantern Corps, and the Super Young Team, (who are referred to as the Forever People of the 5th World), who had been on Earth-51. The heroes confront Mandrakk and the Green Lantern Corps stake Mandrakk with a spear created by their rings' energy. The Supermen and the Green Lanterns drag Earth from the black hole that is Darkseid back to its original position. Nix Uotan restores Earth-51 with bits and pieces from other versions of Earth and places the reborn New Gods there. Nix Uotan forces the other Monitors to stop interfering with the Multiverse, leading to their nonexistence, due to Superman's wish with the Miracle Machine for a "happy ending". Nix is reborn on the restored New Earth/Earth-0.

In the distant past, Anthro dies of old age years after bringing fire to the people of earth. Bruce Wayne, in his Batman garb, lays his utility belt upon Anthro's body, and begins drawing a bat symbol on the cave wall.[20]

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Morrison on Final Crisis

Grant Morrison has made several statements on the narrative and thematic content of Final Crisis. In Spring 2008 Morrison explained his conception of the series:

I wanted to do the biggest crossover there’s ever been... it’s got nods to everything, going back to "Flash of Two Worlds" and the first 'Crisis on Earth-1', 'Earth-2', all that stuff. So there’s little elements of all that, but... everything I’m doing right now is about people dying, or the apocalypse, so it’s kind of dark, and the 'Final Crisis' thing is just pushing that as far as it can possibly go. And it’s taking a lot of trends that I see in comics and pushing them to the max to see, 'do we really want it to be like this'?"[21]

Metron's appearance in Final Crisis #1 touches on themes raised in Morrison's Seven Soldiers meta-series, with the origin of Aurakles,[22] which posited "the idea of the New Gods having altered human history for their own purposes."[5] This also draws on ideas Morrison put forward in his run on JLA[23] "that Earth was destined to become the cradle of a new race of 'Fifth World super-divinities."[5]

Morrison commented on the death of the New God Orion by saying "Knowing how cosmic and epic it was going to get, I wanted to start the story at street level, with the discovery of the body of a god in the trash,"[5] He also stated, in relation to the death of the Martian Manhunter, that he "wanted to open with a nasty, execution-style death of a superhero as a way of demonstrating how far behind us the Silver Age is."[5]

Morrison notes that Batman's use of the gun in Final Crisis #6 is symbolic as “the root of the Batman mythos is the gun and the bullet that created Batman. So, Batman himself is finally standing there to complete that big mythical circle and to have the image of Batman up against the actual personification of evil and now he's got the gun and he's got the bullet. It seemed to me to work."[24]

Format

The first issue of Final Crisis went on sale May 28, 2008.[25] Final Crisis was seven oversized issues released over nine months starting in May 2008.[26] Morrison explained that the order stories in the main series and tie-ins written by him unfold is Final Crisis #1-3, Superman Beyond #1-2, Final Crisis: Submit, *Final Crisis #4–5, Batman #682–683, and finally Final Crisis #6–7.[4]

Tie-ins

Several one-shots and mini-series have been released as tie-ins to Final Crisis:[27] three series run in parallel to the main main one and the one-shot, "DC Universe: Last Will and Testament," was planned to fit in the 'break' between Final Crisis #3 and #4.[28]

Morrison, who wrote one of the "final" Batman stories in "Batman R.I.P.," stated, "First it's R.I.P., and we'll see how that winds up for Batman. Then the two-parter mentioned (Batman #682-683) goes through Batman's whole career, in a big summing up of everything that also ties directly into Final Crisis. And Final Crisis is where we see the final fate of Batman."[29]

While not an official tie-in, the Terror Titans mini-series takes place during the events of Final Crisis and deals heavily with the Dark Side Club and the Anti-Life Equation.

  • Batman #682-683[30]
  • "DC Universe" #0
  • "DC Universe: Last Will and Testament"[28]
  • Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #1-5[12]
  • "Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns" (one-shot)[11][31]
  • "Final Crisis: Requiem" (one-shot)[9]
  • "Final Crisis: Resist" (one-shot)[10]
  • Final Crisis: Revelations #1-5[13]
  • Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge #1-3[14]
  • "Final Crisis: Secret Files" (one-shot)
  • "Final Crisis: Sketchbook" (one-shot)
  • "Final Crisis: Submit" (one-shot)
  • Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1-2
  • Justice League of America (vol. 2) #21

Aftermath

Promotional art for Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance.

In a move Dan DiDio described as "inspirationally tied to Final Crisis," in early 2009 the villains will take over the main DC Universe titles and some will be featured in "Faces of Evil," a series of one-shots, all designed to examine the question "What happens when evil wins?"[32]

Four Final Crisis Aftermath six-issue limited series were announced at New York Comic Con 2009:[33][34]

  • Blackest Knight, the third story arc in Grant Morrison's Batman and Robin, deals with the revelation of the truth regarding the supposed "body" of Bruce Wayne left behind at the conclusion of Final Crisis #6.[43]
  • Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne will deal with Bruce Wayne making his way back to the present after being sent to the distant past by Darkseid's Omega Sanction.[44]

Collected editions

The series will be collected into a single volume:

  • Final Crisis (collects Final Crisis #1-7, "Final Crisis Superman Beyond 3D" #1-2, and "Final Crisis: Submit", 352 pages, hardcover, June 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2281-1)[45]

DC originally solicited the hardcover collection containing only issues #1-7 of the main "Final Crisis" series. However, they changed their plans as announced at MegaCon 2009 to also include the Grant Morrison-penned "Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3D" #1-2 and "Final Crisis: Submit".[46]

In addition the main tie-ins are being collected as follows:

  • Final Crisis Companion (collects "Final Crisis #1 Director's Cut", "Final Crisis: Requiem", "Final Crisis: Resist", and "Final Crisis Secret Files", 200 pages, softcover, Titan, July 2009, ISBN 1-84856-315-9, DC, June 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2274-9)
  • Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds (168 pages, hardcover, August 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2324-9)
  • Final Crisis: Revelations (168 pages, hardcover, August 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2322-2)
  • Final Crisis: Rogues' Revenge (144 pages, hardcover, July 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2333-8)
  • Green Lantern: Rage of the Red Lanterns (collects "Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns" and Green Lantern #26-28 and #36-38, 176 pages, hardcover, July 2009, ISBN 1-4012-2301-X, softcover, July 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2302-8)

As are the Final Crisis Aftermath mini-series:

  • Final Crisis Aftermath: Run (144 pages, softcover, February 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2606-X)
  • Final Crisis Aftermath: Dance (144 pages, softcover, February 2010, ISBN 1-4012-2605-1)

Sales

Sales estimates for May 2008 put Final Crisis #1 in second place to the second issue of Secret Invasion, with estimated sales of 159,036.[47]

Notes

  1. ^ Carlos Pacheco Joins JG Jones on Final Crisis, Newsarama, June 16, 2008
  2. ^ Review of Final Crisis #5, comiXtreme, December 13, 2008
  3. ^ SDCC '07: DC's 'Countdown...To The End?' PANEL, Newsarama, July 26, 2007
  4. ^ a b Grant Morrison: Final Crisis Exit Interview, Part 1, Newsarama, January 28, 2009
  5. ^ a b c d e f Grant Morrison on Final Crisis #1, Newsarama, June 9, 2008
  6. ^ Justice League of America #9: "The Lightning Saga, Chapter Three", July 2007.
  7. ^ "DC Nation" #110
  8. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (2008-10-21). "J.G. Jones Apologizes For Unfinished Final Crisis Work". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=18513. Retrieved 2008-10-21. 
  9. ^ a b Remembering the Martian: Tomasi on FC: Requiem, Newsarama, July 9, 2008
  10. ^ a b Resistance Leaders: Rucka, Trautmann on Final Crisis Special, Newsarama, October 29, 2008
  11. ^ a b Geoff Johns on Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns, Newsarama, October 27, 2008
  12. ^ a b INFINITE GEOFF JOHNS II: Action Comics, Comic Book Resources, April 2, 2008
  13. ^ a b Rucka Reveals Final Crisis: Revelations, Comic Book Resources, June 5, 2008
  14. ^ a b Back With A Flash: Johns & Kolins Talk lash: Rogue's Revenge, Newsarama, January 11, 2008
  15. ^ a b c Final Crisis #2
  16. ^ a b Final Crisis #3
  17. ^ Final Crisis #5
  18. ^ a b Final Crisis #6
  19. ^ Lyons, Beverley (January 29, 2009). "Exclusive: Comics writer Grant Morrison turns Barack Obama into Superman". Daily Record (Scotland). http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/showbiz/2009/01/29/exclusive-comics-writer-grant-morrison-turns-barack-obama-into-superman-86908-21079550/. Retrieved March 10, 2010. 
  20. ^ Final Crisis #7
  21. ^ Grant Morrison interview from PulpSecret on YouTube
  22. ^ Seven Soldiers of Victory #1 (December 2006)
  23. ^ JLA #15 (February 1998)
  24. ^ Mahadeo, Kevin (2009-01-14). "Grant Morrison Kills The Batman". Wizard. http://www.wizarduniverse.com/011409batmandead.html. Retrieved 2009-01-16. 
  25. ^ DC Comics' solicitation for Final Crisis #1
  26. ^ Phillips, Dan (2008-02-11). "Dan DiDio on DC's Future". IGN. http://comics.ign.com/articles/851/851191p1.html. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  27. ^ Final Crisis: Secrets and Truths with Geoff Johns, Newsarama, May 9, 2008
  28. ^ a b Meltzer Bridges Final Crisis with “Last Will and Testament”, Comic Book Resources, June 4, 2008
  29. ^ Phillips, Dan (2008-08-26). "Killing Batman And The DC Universe". IGN. pp. 6. http://comics.ign.com/articles/902/902992p6.html. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  30. ^ NYCC '08: DC's Final FINAL CRISIS PANEL, Newsarama, April 20, 2008
  31. ^ Drawing the Rage: Shane Davis Talks Red Lanterns, Newsarama, October 20, 2008
  32. ^ January Sees 'Faces of Evil' at DC - Dan DiDio Spills, Newsarama, September 18, 2008
  33. ^ NYCC '09 - DC Universe Panel, Newsarama, February 7, 2009
  34. ^ Ian Sattler on the Final Crisis: Aftermath Titles, Newsarama, February 11, 2009
  35. ^ Behind the Page - Matthew Sturges, 2, Newsarama, February 10, 2009
  36. ^ The Most Powerful? Matt Sturges on The Human Flame and Run!, Newsarama, February 16, 2009
  37. ^ On the “Run!” with Matthew Sturges, Comic Book Resources, March 10, 2009
  38. ^ Joe Casey “Dances” with Super Young Team in "Final Crisis Aftermath", Comic Book Resources, March 5, 2009
  39. ^ Brady, Matt (March 13, 2009). "Getting Away from Electric City: Ivan Brandon on Escape". Newsarama. http://www.newsarama.com/comics/030913-FC-Escape.html. Retrieved March 14, 2009. 
  40. ^ Renaud, Jeffrey (March 13, 2009). "Ivan Brandon Siphons Secrets in "Escape"". Comic Book Resources. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=20424. Retrieved January 7, 2010. 
  41. ^ Ink to Paper: Eric Wallace on Final Crisis Aftermath: Ink, Newsarama, March 4, 2009
  42. ^ http://dcu.blog.dccomics.com/2009/11/05/prepare-for-milestone-forever-in-2010/
  43. ^ Batman and Robin #8
  44. ^ Geddes, John (December 9, 2009). "Grant Morrison on return of original Batman". USA Today. http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/2009-12-09-morrison-bruce-wayne-st_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip. Retrieved December 10, 2009. 
  45. ^ Final Crisis details at DC
  46. ^ Mega Con '09: DC Nation Panel - Final Crisis HC Details, Newsarama, February 28, 2009
  47. ^ Sales Estimates for May, 2008, Comic Book Resources, June 17, 2008

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Simple English

Final Crisis is was a seven issue miniseries published by DC Comics from May 2008 to January 2009 written by Grant Morrison and drawn by JG Jones, Carlos Pacheco and Doug Mahnke.

In Final Crisis, the bad guys win. But after some fighting, Superman deep freezes the Earth's population. After he defeats a vampire god called the Dark Monitor, he brings the world back with his imagination.



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