It Came from the Longboxes

This week’s book is relatively new. I pulled Final Crisis #4. On the whole, I liked this Event; the art by Jones and company was superb. Morrison was at the peak his of power as a writer as he brings in most of King Kirby’s work at DC. The two missing pieces are Etrigan and Sandman II.

#4 was probably the strongest single issue: evil wins. We see exactly how it happens, and moreso than any other “crisis,” the events here seem apocalyptic and hopeless.

What really sold this run for me is that for the first time in my reading memory, Darkseid was a true god-level threat. Until this series…even counting “Rock of Ages” in JLA… Darkseid was written as just another big and powerful punching bag for Superman. This guy is supposed to be a god and the embodiment of evil? Why does he spend his time getting his ass kicked by Superman? Why do his schemes seem so small and petty? The use of the Anti-life Equation and the chess set up here showed thought and true evil.

Rereading it, I got a chance to see how this set up worked. The poetry of it all brings these events from the good to the great. From hearing Turpin’s struggle against Darkseid to seeing the death of Mr. Miracle and “freedom,” you couldn’t change a single word without losing something.

I’m tempted to reread the whole 7 issues now, but I’m still pretty sure 4 will remain the strongest.

7 comments on “It Came from the Longboxes

  1. Hoyt says:

    When your first appearance is in Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, it’s hard to not seem small and petty. Guess he was finally able to live it down… and then get killed for being a badass.

    • Matt says:

      I don’t know what you’re talking about. Starting out life in SPJO makes you more badass than most other characters on the block.

  2. Jesse says:

    How does this work? Do you have a book in mind or do you pull something at random? I must know how the trick is done!

    I *REALLY* need to go back and re-read all of this.

    • Matt says:

      They are random selections. For the first one, I did intentionally select the box from which I was pulling.

      The idea is to rediscover something.

  3. Saint Walker says:

    It’s funny, I skipped FC the first time around (that was back when I could never seem to make it to the LCS for months at a time), and I just happened to notice yesterday that this was coming out in softcover in June, and thought, “I should probably put that on my list.” I did have someone tell me I didn’t really miss anything, but I still think it would be wrong of me not to read at least the main series, right?

    • Matt says:

      I don’t know that it’d be worth hunting down the individual issues, but certainly get the trade collection. Not every issue in the series was a gem, but putting them together probably makes a strong story over all.

      I can’t really recommend the ancillary series at all. Legion of Three Worlds was pretty decent, but it took so damn long to finish that it was irrelevant.

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