Review: Final Crisis: Revelations #1

Written by Greg Rucka, you knew that Final Crisis: Revelations stood a good chance of being great – and for the most part, it lives up to its potential.  Throughout FInal Crisis, you may have noticed one or two things.  Renee Montoya, for one, seemed to know a lot about what was going on – more than anyone else, for one thing.  And just how was Libra holding onto such a volatile group of people without an ounce of fear.  Taunting Vandal Savage, Lex Luthor, and more, without fear of reprisal?

Revelations gets into all that.  Crispus Allen, who became the Spectre in Infinite Crisis and then promptly disappeared (The Spectre being one of the characters DC seems to love in concept, but just can’t seem to figure out how to use) returns here.  When Libra and his Society killed the Martian Manhunter, that was genocide, as he was the last of his race.  God’s pretty unhappy about that, and when you do something that pisses God off, you get The Spectre.  The book opens with the Spectre going through the list of people who were involved in the event – Dr. Light, just to name one, gets some long-overdue comeuppance.

But the first big twist of Revelations is that not all is as it seems with one person the Spectre goes for – it seems that Evil has it’s own spirit and the Spectre is seemingly powerless in front of him.  Meanwhile, Rucka also returns to another favorite is his, Renee Montoya, now the Question.  When last we saw Renee (in the excellent The Question: The Five Books of Blood), she had become the leader of the Religion of Crime, but now she’s betrayed them, and she’s using the Crime Bible to try and follow and predict the movements of the Dark Faith.

Artist Philip Tan is responsible for both the cover art and the interior, and he surpasses JG Jones on art duties (though Jones’ layouts are still superior).  The art is dark and moody, but Tan shows that he is more than capable of doing some nice action scenes.  

Overall, it’s a good opening chapter.  It’s action and mystery.  Rucka does a great job of characterizing Montoya, and he finally gives Crispus some screen-time as the Spectre, and finally gives the Spectre something to do.  An enjoyable, albeit dark, read.

Grade: A-

One thought on “Review: Final Crisis: Revelations #1

  1. I read every single issue of Gotham Central as it was being published. It’s one of the few books I own a complete run of, and probably the only one I still bother to pick up and read every now and then.

    This was an okay issue, I guess. Crispus and Renee have grown into different characters than they were at the conclusion of Gotham Central, so it’s jarring (to say the least) to see them paired up again here. The New Spectre has yet to grow on me, and for the most part I think She-Question works best on the outskirts of the DCU (as opposed to being the central character in a line-wide crossover.)

    The art is far too dark for my tastes, but given the nature of the storyline I guess it can’t be helped. Rucka is one of my favorite writers, but I’m wondering that even he can’t save a storyline featuring three of the biggest Deus Ex Machinas ever created (The Spectre/Libra/Spear of Destiny.) He’s trying to shoehorn two of his classic stret-level characters into a cosmic tale, and I’m not sure it’s working.

    Still, I’m willing to give it a chance because I like to be proven wrong.

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