DC Universe: Last Will and Testament
This one-shot was a bit disappointing. The cover featured all the big guns, but we only got a page or two devoted to each. At least half the page count was the story of Geo-Force's vendetta against Deadshot. As with Countdown we get big guns on the cover and mainly C-listers inside. Is that bait and switch?
The story was passable, but overly violent. The book also disproves the assumption that one can read Final Crisis without reading all the mini-series & tie-ins and still know what's going on. I've been reading Final Crisis by itself and I have no clue what big cosmic event the heroes are preparing for in Last Will and Testament.
Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds 1
This is the only Final Crisis mini-series tie-in that I'm reading. I love it! My favorite current writer (Geoff Johns) and the greatest comic book artist of all time (George Perez) on the same book!
And you don't necessarily have to be reading all the other Final Crisis books to get this one. Although some background information about Superboy Prime, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and Infinite Crisis might be extremely helpful. This story should help us navigate the future of the multiverse with three legions of superheroes from three different earths. And those unfamiliar with the Legion will find the introductions and power summaries of each member to be most helpful.
The tour through the Superman museum was refreshingly retro. If the story has a moral, then its assessment of human nature is definitely higher than mine, but Superman's proposed solution for dealing with the Superboy Prime threat is so classic! Why didn't I think of that?
Final Crisis: Superman Beyond
The 3-D action sequences are an added bonus and you don't have to tear up the comic to remove the glasses. I like the combination of 3-D and non-3-D. But what I like best about this two-issue series is its attention to the multiverse. We're led on a journey through the space between the universes.
We're also introduced to Superman's counterparts of several different earths. There is Ultra-man from an anti-matter copy of the earth. We also meet the Captain Marvel of Earth-5, described as a "simpler, kinder universe." Will this be a retro version of Captain Marvel, restoring him somewhat to his Fawcett roots? Then there is Overman, the super powered Nazi, now guilt ridden for having helped the Third Reich win World War II on Earth 10. Would he have fought the Freedom Fighters of that earth? And finally, there is Captain Allen Adam of Earth-4.
We also get a glimpse of the Dr. Fate and Lady Blackhawk of Earth-20. I hear that the Dr. Fate of this world is like a combination of Kent Nelson and Doc Savage. Grant Morrison has reportedly created a lot of back story for this earth. I'm interested.
Justice Society of America 18
The JSA fights well against the bad guys. A downside to Dr. Mid-nite's cure is exposed. So what can Gog do for Citizen Steel? I just hope Damage can keep his face. So there is a Michael Holt of Earth-2. How can he help Power Girl? Will he become Mr. Terrific? Will he become a widower like his New Earth counterpart? Is the Terry Sloane of this earth still alive? Next issue we get the JSA vs. Justice Society Infinity of Earth-2. Cool!