Well, I said that I would post more frequently, but after only two posts in the month of July, I haven't kept up with it. Life has just got in the way. I'm going to try to do better starting now, so keep an eye on this blog and I'll try to do several posts over the next few days.
Now some reviews. Final Crisis # 1 did not live up to the hype---at least not for me. In fact, I fell asleep reading it. First, I could care less about the New Gods / Fourth World stuff. The Orion pages in this first issue seemed like a rehash of what we already saw in Countdown, rendering that series even more obsolete. The apparent return of Darkseid, who I wish would stay dead, further undermines Countdown by reversing the few events in that series that could be considered milestone.
My next gripe is a retro complaint, but the use of symbols in this series to indicate hardcore profanity is unappreciated by a nostalgia buff like me. I'm especially displeased that it was the F word (for which I have no affection) that could be so easily inserted with little imagination. I also thought the beating Mad Hatter took in the second issue was over-the-top graphic violence. I actually preferred life (for the most part) under the Comics Code Authority and I now share only a few comics with my kids.
I'm not saying all comics should be for kids, but I would like to see more that appeals to all ages without dumbing everything down. Kids seem to have been banished from the mainline comics universes that I enjoyed so much as a child. If the companies do not start appealing more to kids, they won't have a readership in the future. Most of us who are into comics were hooked as children---and not by the inferior Johnny DC type stuff, but by good stories by the best writers. When I was a kid, the DC Universe was a bright and decent place into which I could experience escapism.
On a positive note, I am very interested in the Nix Uotan character. So he has been exiled to "New" (?) Earth where he is now apparently a mere mortal. I sympathize with this character and I almost wept with him over the destruction of his beloved Earth 51. He now appears as an African-American working at Big Belly Burger. From running his own universe to asking, "Would you like fries with that?' What an example of downward mobility. A former Monitor will now experience first hand what it's like to eek out a regular living. This has possibilities.
Plus, I'm interested in the outcome of several cliffhangers in issue # 2. Batman and John Stewart are both in dire straits. But I'm mainly concerned about Lois Lane (Kent). Will Luthor now have reason to throw in with Libra? Does Libra know Superman is Clark Kent?
And is Barry Allen really back? The rumor in my local comic shop is that in each issue someone dies and someone is brought back. I was disappointed that the Martian Manhunter was an early casualty. But hey, Superman is praying for resurrection. Does anyone stay dead in comics?
Final Crisis promises to be a reboot of the DCU. Last time they did that with Crisis on Infinite Earths, I was disappointed with the outcome. I hope the multiverse will not again collapse into a single amalgamated earth or be scaled down to include only four or five universes. The multiverse has endless possibilities to explore.