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Every day this year, I will be examining the artwork on a single comic book story. Today’s artist is J. G. Jones, and the issue is Final Crisis #3, which was published by DC and is cover dated September 2008. Enjoy!
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Every day this year, I will be examining the first pages of random comics. Today’s page is from Superman Beyond #2, which was published by DC and is cover dated March 2009. This scan is from the Final Crisis trade paperback, which was published in 2009. Enjoy!
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There’s a dilution of the bold and uncompromising design of comic books, and it is the event banner. Last year there were event banners scattered across the face of nearly every DC title, and they were a mess. Continue Reading »
They want good questions for the Q&A, though, so maybe I wouldn’t. It’s on July 1st, same days as Batman and Robin #2 comes out. Clive Barker will chant with Grant before the signing, which will only be of the FC hardcover and Batman and Robin #1 and 2. While you can’t rub Morrison’s face in his Zoids run, sounds like fun anyway.
I enjoyed the climax of Final Crisis, and the series as a whole, even if I can’t articulate why, really. Certainly not in the way that the Savage Critic crew have (or even in the way that Jeff Lester articulated why he mostly didn’t, while throwing in some insight of Watchmen to boot).
I mean, I was so adrift in a lack of coherent thoughts on FC when I finished it that I didn’t even see the potential for new comics for DC to squander off its back. Well, except for one
Yes, there is one series I could definitely imagine spinning out of FC. Going by his exit interview at Newsarama, Morrison did, too. So, hey, I did get something out of this comic beyond a “Bart Simpson talking to Alan Moore” appreciation of it. I feel slightly less useless as a reader:
NRAMA: The Global Peace Initiative and Lord Eye – is that Maxwell Lord’s brain?
GM: I like to think so, yes. The potential seemed huge for a CHECKMATE: GLOBAL PEACE AGENCY book – ‘THE WORLD THAT’S COMING IS ALREADY HERE!!!’ so I wanted to position that too, if anyone’s interested. I’m a big fan of Greg Rucka’s brilliant work on both the Renee Montoya character and the Checkmate concept and this seemed like a good way to re-align Checkmate as DC’s own spy-chedelic Man from U.N.C.L.E. franchise. I believe Greg has his own plans for Montoya so we’ll see what happens next.
He had me at the tag line, but my heart also has many boners for anything described as spy-chedelic. That’s certainly something I’d like to read. The allusions to OMAC in FC, and Renee’s involvement in it, were something I really enjoyed. To see someone work with her new status quo (and Earth 51’s designation as the Kirby-verse, even if Jack himself never saw his works as being part of one continuity) is something I could really excited about. Unless they had Bruce Jones write it or something. So even money on that.
I liked the scene (and that issue of Final Crisis in general) where Batman met his doom that no one cares about at all. One of the Internet Wrestling Community (that is an actual phrase, for the non intiated) biggest luminaries did not. Just felt like bringing that to everyone’s attention. A week late.
While I don’t share his reaction (nor do I think keeping the comics in line with the movie versions is/should be much of a concern at this point, as years of big budget movie adaptations have shown that trying to line these things up doesn’t effect sales much, for a variety of reasons), I did find his “every issue should be someone’s first argument” in the comments interesting. It’s the kind of thing you get when you’re someone for whom the content of something like FC is something you are intimately familiar with and thus you have no problem following it.
Even if my not picking some of the tie-ins and Superman Beyond’s lateness did throw me off a bit. Which is why I hate crossovers on principle except when Morrison does them. Or when Hulk is beating up the entire Marvel Universe. Or when Abhay writes about Secret Invasion, which I sort of liked for reasons I can’t explain, even if I can’t be bothered to buy the last issue. Otherwise; cynical, shitty garbage!
So; has everyone’s apathy turned around now that this is even slightly relevant? Can the interest curve around walls and catch you no matter where you run from it, like Omega Beams? Possibly?
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