Banal Crisis…Posted: June 2, 2008
In a way I can’t help but me disappointed by the first issue of Final Crisis. There was a (large) part of me hoping that Morrison would blow me out of the water, change the way one looks at “event books”, and show Johns, Bendis, and Millar how it’s done.
But instead we got something more pedestrian. If this is Grant Morrison’s take on super-events, then color me disappointed.
And its not because there weren’t enough explosions or an immediate uber-threat to the main heroes. It was more that there was just something off about the whole thing.
The art was very rushed, and many scences (such as the death of Martian Manhunter and the conversation between Libra and the big name super villains) came off completely flat. Morrison’s dialog, which usually conveys an excellent sense of “the epic” (see for example: see amazing All-Star Superman #11), is completely off. Virtually every exchange in this book feels forced and/or awkward (see the exchange between Dr. Light and Mirror Master for example).
There is a sense, as well, of being here and doing this before. The whole Dr. Light/Mirror Master defeat some mildly useless superhero team felt taken right from the first few pages of Infinite Crisis #1.
This is one flat issue to launch DC’s latest epic Crisis series on. It’s almost boring, even banal.
All that said, this is still a better first issue than House of M, Infinite Crisis, Civil War, or Secret Invasion had. This, dear friends, is certainly damning with faint praise.
Still, over the years Morrison has built up a level of trust with me as a reader and I’m willing to see where he goes with this. But I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say I wasn’t disappointed by Final Crisis #1.