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A Facebook debate in which I defend Final Crisis as a moratorium for DC summer crossovers. Bear in mind, I love Seaguy whereas I usually am bored by sustained narrative surrealism, so I might have a Morrison bias. Why am I reposting it here? Because dammit, it’s a well-thought out work. Lots of people have great ideas, but Grant Morrison can poetically fold 20 of them into one coherent work in less time than it takes me to devise a cool title. Let the record show I’m a curmudgeon who hates everything you like and likes everything you hate.

Brendan McGinley has read Final Crisis in its entirety and found it to be the best crossover of the millennium.

Alan Cafferkey
Alan Cafferkey
I hope that’s a joke. Please? Please?
Brendan McGinley
Brendan McGinley
It was fun, frenzied, and had mad ideas. I don’t see why people had trouble following it. If you could point me to where it lost you…

Sinestro Corps War might have been better, but that wasn’t a big crossover, that was an intra-GL event.

John-Eric Aguilar
John-Eric Aguilar
I’m with Alan on this one. I was hoping for sarcasm as well…

Brendan McGinley

Brendan McGinley

Well, what didn’t you like about it?
Mike Stalzer
Mike Stalzer
So you’re smoking the same stuff that Morrison does?
Brendan McGinley
Brendan McGinley
I notice an inarticulate theme among your snarky horde.
Alan Cafferkey

Alan Cafferkey
Ok, here goes from memory:
1) Killing the Martian Manhunter without even any dialogue from him was lame.
2) Killing Batman coupled with Martian Manhunter just to bring them back as Zombies in the next “Big Crossover” really cheapens their deaths – as if killing main characters for no reason wasn’t cheap enough in comics.
3) Speaking of Superhero Zombies, didn’t Marvel already do something with that? To much more fun results?
4) Speaking of ripping off Marvel, isn’t the whole idea of the New Gods controlling the growth of humanity, very similar to the Eternals in Earth X? Anywho… I’m drifting from the “Hopefully” Final Crisis…Read More
5) Who the hell was Libra? This old villain comes out of nowhere, causes trouble, and then he’s pretty much cast aside when Darkseid and company take the foreground. What was his motivation?

Brendan McGinley
Brendan McGinley
1) He’s Gumby. He’ll be back. He’s died a few times in memory, and I think if you really look at the series, Morrison’s deliberately invoking the elements of other recent crossovers that have drawn complaint . In this instance: slaughtering the Giffen League, but by letting a total schlub do so to its most powerful member so quickly, underscoring Read Morehow immediate this invasion is, how it happens before anyone’s prepared.

In other words, it’s supposed to anger you because it’s been angering people for years now. There’s spoof at work herein. See also: Mary Marvel becoming a freakshow, the ubiquitous presence of any number of ridiculously obscure characters (though you don’t need a Who’s Who to know how they figure into the story here).

Brendan McGinley
Brendan McGinley
2) That’s a little external to the work itself. Batman died pretty gloriously. Now if you’d said “Batman killing and using a gun” I’d see your point, but a deliberate topsy-turviness permeates the story. Evil wins, villains and losers save the day, the big guns are immediately executed, exiled, assimilated, arrested and captured rather than leadingRead More the event like they always do.

3) Again: external.

4) Yeah, but both are Kirby. That’s always been the Fourth World’s schtick. And which came first, the King or “Chariots of the Gods”? It IS the Final Crisis because he takes all good and bad from the last dozen and rockets them up the parabolic curve so it’s not worth doing again. Again: spoof. the deicide of the New Gods as happened in that bizarre Starlin tale, the corruption of Mary Marvel as something actually frightening, the JLI thing. Plus good stuff like time collapsing in on itself, multiple Supermen teaming up, etc. etc. He literally threw in everything but the kitchen sink.

Brendan McGinley
Brendan McGinley
5) Libra was an old JL villain who absorbed all their powers, kind of like Amazo, and then declared himself to have become so powerful he was a god and he kind of discorporated. In the trade he’s explained to be the harbinger, sort of a “John the Baptist” for the new gods.