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Final Crisis: Resist #1 Review

Final Crisis: Resist #1 was a great comic book, especially for those readers who felt that Checkmate ended the moment Greg Rucka and Eric Trautmann stopped writing the book (and it became a bad mini-series guest-starring Checkmate), as this was essentially the last issue of Checkmate, and oh boy, it was neat.

Rucka even got me to sort of kind of like the stupid robot OMAC things!!!

So you KNOW it’s good!

Like Final Crisis: Submit, Final Crisis: Resist is focusing in on one group of heroes dealing with Darkseid’s conquest of Earth.

In this instance, it is the characters of Checkmate, as Rucka and Trautmann combine to tell the last story of that group of characters (I’m sure they’ll be around in the future, but the way Rucka and Trautmann tell it, it might as well be their last story).

The art was by Ryan Sook, and as you might know by now, I really enjoy his artwork, and he did a great job with this book.

The basic gist of the plot is that Mister Terrific, Sasha (who goes “offline” to protect herself), Thinker, Thalib Beni Khalid, and Snapper Carr are holed up in a bunker as the last remnants of Checkmate, holding the fort against all the other folks, who have been turned to the dark side of Darkseid.

Snapper has been using his teleportation to travel the globe and get them supplies.

What Rucka and Trautmann do really well here is show us just how desperate the situation is, but at the same time, never letting the heroism of the characters fade, even when they are forced to make some horrible decisions (and even then, sometimes they can’t let themselves abide by those decisions).

The standout figure in this issue was Snapper Carr, who was used beautifully. However, Mr. Terrific certainly had his moments to shine, particularly with the final decision by Terrific, which actually involved a clever usage of the OMAC Project (consider me impressed).

One thing that struck me as odd was the fact that Rucka has said that Sasha will be okay, provided there is a cure for the Anti-Life Equation (which obviously there will be). That seemed odd to me, as the story sure seemed to present it as a much more devastating situation than that, and that devastating nature made the scene extremely powerful, so if it really isn’t all that devastating then, well, that’s a shame. Not that I want Sasha to die or anything, just noting that the scene worked REALLY well as a death scene – not so much as a “shut me off until we save the day” scene. Ah well, not a big deal – the scene is still very good either way.

In any event, this issue, like Submit, perfectly showed what Final Crisis was all about – what do heroes do when evil wins?

They find a way to come back from the ashes, like Mr. Terrific in this issue, leading to a beautiful ending that leads directly into Final Crisis #5.

Recommended (this was easily the best non-Morrison tie-in to Final Crisis yet, and challenges even Morrison’s tie-ins).

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One other thing I liked about Resist was the Code Zoo, which is a clever idea, and not what I was expecting it to be at all. (I don’t know if it had been mentioned before in Checkmate.)

@Thok

The Code Zoo was established in Checkmate #17 — my first issue with Greg. Originally, I had been told to pave the way for Brother Eye’s “code” to “escape” (presumably for something to do with Countdown), but they never ended up using it.

So, yeah, using the inhabitants of the Zoo as a sort of digital Dirty Dozen was something I’ve had in my hip pocket for a while. :)

Glad you liked it!

-E

Agreed on all counts! Resist was simply phenomenal and was a great way to cap off Checkmate after DC dropped the ball on that series. It was also #1 on my Weekly Review Power Rankings this week:
http://www.newsarama.com/common/community/forums/?plckForumPage=ForumDiscussion&plckDiscussionId=Cat%3a46ada8ea-92e4-4618-9265-5be7cad0342bForum%3afc51cb95-612c-4a9e-b623-5a04a2abbe4cDiscussion%3a2836f21b-cb8a-4550-beb5-f30658758c2d&plckCategoryCurrentPage=0

This makes me miss the Checkmate and makes me wonder why Rucka and/or Trautman doesn’t have anything at DC beyond Revelation.

@kwaku

“This makes me miss the Checkmate and makes me wonder why Rucka and/or Trautman doesn’t have anything at DC beyond Revelation.”

Nothing ANNOUNCED, anyway.

Patience.

(If it’s any consolation, co-writer Brandon Jerwa and I are hard at work on an OGN for DC/Vertigo.)

-E

Let me just second that Checkmate went immediately downhill when Rucka and Trautmann stopped writing.

This was an excellent tie-in. Those OMACs don’t seem quite as annoying anymore. I can hear a certain pointy-eared person yelling “I told you so” from inside a bunker somewhere…

They actually used Snapper’s teleporting powers? Color me surprised.

Los Hermanos no Cine Íris

November 7, 2008 at 4:00 pm

I know nothig about Super-Heroes Literate Novels – José Wilker himself doesn´t understand a Spider-Man movie. But maybe Berry, a Girl that nobody gets, or Eric Wight could explain something like that. Speaking of it, the fouth thing is something I´ll never say!

They’re STILL telling this story? Man, DC must be behind in their storytelling.

Didn’t they hear? Nov. 4th, evil lost.

Well played, stealthwise.

Okay… so if I don’t know what an OMAC is, have never read an issue of Checkmate, and last saw Snapper Carr when he was sidekicking to the Robot Hourman; then I should probably pass on this comic. Right?

‘Cause it sounds like it’s more essential to those readers who followed Checkmate than to those of us trying to follow Final Crisis. Am I right?

I mean, I know that a good comic is a good comic; but out of all the characters that you mentioned, the only one that sounds important is Mr. Terrific.

I think even with all those things missing from your knowledge, you’d still likely enjoy the comic.

Don’t get me wrong, not knowing about the OMACs probably does hurt that part of the story, but I think there’s enough exposition in the comic to explain what’s going on. Something like, “Oh yeah, the thing that turns all the people into big stupid looking robots, right!”

>>One thing that struck me as odd was the fact that Rucka has said that Sasha will be okay, provided there is a cure for the Anti-Life Equation (which obviously there will be). That seemed odd to me, as the story sure seemed to present it as a much more devastating situation than that, and that devastating nature made the scene extremely powerful, so if it really isn’t all that devastating then, well, that’s a shame. Not that I want Sasha to die or anything, just noting that the scene worked REALLY well as a death scene – not so much as a “shut me off until we save the day” scene. Ah well, not a big deal – the scene is still very good either way.<<

Well, it’s a contextual thing – as a reader, we know that odds are good there’s going to be a cure / solution for the equation (and we’ve probably already seen it), but the character’s don’t. All Terrific knows – and he’s the smartest man on the planet, so he knows quite a lot – is that it’s something he’s been unable to cure, and presumably if he’s unable to cure something, there’s no cure. To the characters, that was akin to a death scene, which is why it worked.

I never read CHeckmate and I’ve only read a handfull of JSA issues and I got enough out of the issue to like it. I didn’t know who any of the characters besides Terrific, Snapper, and Cheeta were and so there was some confusion but not enough that I didn’t really understand what was going on.

I, on the other hand, cant even begin to say how previleged i felt to be part of this! As i was reading the script, i kept making “wooow”, “cooooool”, “yikes” sounds..heck, when i finally finished reading i was like..”hum, this will be Really Hard”…i’m glad it turned out ok, on my part, since the script is amazing and, well, its Ryan Sook sharing the art. couldnt be better.

Loved it.

great work Greg and Eric!

You, too, sir. You did a great job!

(And I’m glad I actually have a chance to pass that on!)

Hope we get a chance to do it again soon. :)

Best,

-E

I read the issue of RESIST, and I noticed that Starfire, Red Arrow, Cyborg and Donna Troy are Justifiers.

Rucka is undoubtedly one of the greats. What has he done outside of DC that we shouldn’t miss?

@Tungsten Man

Queen & Country and Whiteout, for sure; probably my favorite of his non-DC work.

-E

Yeah, Queen & Country and Whiteout might very well be Rucka’s best comic work PERIOD. Both are excellent comics (and reading the former now is a lot more fun than it was reading it when it was coming out, since there were a lot of publishing delays – but that doesn’t affect you now! So I envy the new Rucka readers out there!).

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