Bruce Castle Presents: Crisis Tie-Ins Just Got More Final

Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3-D #1 (*****)

I’ve been avoiding this review. I’ve only read it twice and that’s not nearly enough to properly comprehend everything contained in this issue. I would have liked to have written up a long in-depth analysis review, but instead I’ll just write a few kind words. Hopefully, either my words or somebody else’s will convince you to pick this up. Yes, this story is very complex and it does demand quite a bit from the reader. However, I still feel that it can be enjoyed on a primitive level and can actually be fun at times. With most Grant Morrison stories, all of the attention, good or bad, is directed towards Morrison. His artists don’t always receive the accolades that they deserve. Doug Mahnke drew this book wonderfully. His work alone is worth the price of admission. This book is truly sublime.

SPECIAL FEATURE!!!!

For those who can’t understand German, I’ll provide the translations for free! Well, what I will ask is that if you didn’t read this issue, please go pick it up! Then you can get your translations here too! Oh and when I list page numbers, I don’t count advertisements!

Page #9- “We will have to accept losses! This machine will immediately explode!”

Page #17- (This is obvious but..) “Great Krypton!”

Page #18- “All these universes in different frequencies vibrate”

Page #20- “What is it? I can not remember why I do; all the technology is for the dog.”

Oh and Overman is German for Superman.

As an added bonus, here is the Nazi Supergirl translation in Final Crisis #3:

Page #4- “I…I…I am…Supergirl…No. Is the…the sky bleeding? The (There are typos here and I think this is one of them. It says h^lle in the issue, the closest I can get is..) hall…is…is here

So there you go. I’m sure the translations aren’t perfect, but you can get the general idea. Plus, the text wasn’t perfect either. I hope that helps!

DC Universe Last Will And Testament #1 (Cover A)

DC Universe: Last Will and Testament (****)

Yep, this is about Geo-Force. Does anyone really care about Geo-Force? Not that I’m aware of, but it does have Deathstroke and he’s cool. This is written by Brad Meltzer. If you like his stuff, then you’ll probably like this. If you don’t like his stuff, then you can probably pass. However, before you do, there are a few things to consider. I’m not a big fan of Meltzer, but I did like most of Identity Crisis.  This was marketed as a FC tie-in (even though it doesn’t have the tag). It was supposed to be the night before the end of Final Crisis #3. It isn’t. In fact, you could read this without reading FC and still enjoy it which is cool. The only way this relates to FC is that this is a kind of sequel to Identity Crisis (and FC is kind of a sequel to Identity Crisis), and we see DC characters dreading something bad about to happen. The story is basically Geo-Force wanting revenge wrapped in lots of little character moments. I’m happy to report that the aforementioned character moments are beautifully rendered by the legendary Joe Kubert. I especially love his homage to the cover of Batman #1. The Geo-Force story is drawn by Adam Kubert. It’s nice to see a father-son duo handling the art chores. In addition to all of this, we get a big fight between Geo-Force and Deathstroke. This is really what impressed me the most because it was my kind of fight. It’s just a knock-down-drag-out fight with lots of blood. This was a very dark outing, but it ended on a surprisingly happy note. I feel this comic is good enough for even the people that dislike Meltzer to enjoy it.

Final Crisis Rogues Revenge #2 (of 3) (Cover A)

Final Crisis: Rogues’ Revenge #2 (*****)

I liked the last issue, but things have improved tremendously since last time. Everything in here really hit the mark. Is there more Final Crisis stuff in here? Yes. Can you still enjoy this without reading Final Crisis? Yes. Do these C-List (in the wrong hands) villains seem totally badass? Yes. Are there pleasing twists and turns? Yes. Is this well-written? Yes. Does this contain pretty art? Yes. As you can tell, I was really impressed. If you’re looking for a read filled with quality action or an awesome villain book you really need to pick this up!

Desiato Brings the DC Love

Green Lantern Corps #27 (****)

I continue to love this book, and I continue to love how absolutely sick and twisted the Sinestro Corps are in their torturing of the Green Lanterns. The raining eyeballs scene was just chilling and creepy and disgusting and vile and evil in the “we’re going to get you by going through your family” approach from Evil Bastards 101. But I really like the little character moments and asides, which in this issue takes the form of Guy and Kyle opening up an American style restaurant on Oa. And an issue like this really nails down why I prefer GLC to the solo book. The Corps is so much more than Hal Jordan. And I know he’s not the only character in the book, but he gets 99.9% of the face time. I like the rest of the Corps just as much as Hal, and I’m glad I have my team book to rely on.

Ambush Bug: Year None #2 (***1/2)

This book is basically a run of complete non sequitur that may or may not kinda sorta have a plot maybe. Giffen is not holding anything back in the plotting, as the book just skips from scene to scene without the need of internal continuity or transitions (there’s a pretty long manga style interlude in the middle of the book that is completely unexplained) in order to set up the situations the Bug is going to lampoon. And then the metrosexual Galactus shows up (“I’ve brought SWAAAATCHEEEEEEZZZZ!”) and I think my brain kinda…broke. But not in a bad way. I really wonder exactly how and where these ideas came from and what it took for Giffen to rip these ideas out of the ether and put them into the plot. This book is SO strange and SO bizarre and random and all over the place that it just sorts of bulldozes you with the weirdness to the point that you just let it take you in and go with the flow. It’s worth a read just to experience it, but I know this’ll turn people off.

DC Universe: Last Will and Testament (*****)

I’m such a sucker for Brad Meltzer. And I don’t even give a damn about Geo Force. I kinda knew who he was from the perspective of his being a member of the Outsiders, and I think I knew he had some connection to Markovia. But one book made me care. And made me understand just who this guy was, what his motivations were and where he was coming from. It’s the exact same thing I dug about Identity Crisis. And we’ve got the same narrative style running through the book that makes everything breathe and move in a fluid fashion. And yeah, Meltzer’s got a thing for Deathstroke, but he writes him well. And that goes a long way to make me accept it. I love the narrative, I love the dialogue, I love that combined sense of danger and inevitable dread that frames the Geo Force story. It’s out there on its own little island with the sole purpose of telling a good story in 48 pages and getting the hell out of Dodge. And I think it succeeds marvelously at that goal. I’m also going to state for the record that I don’t care that it doesn’t sync up with Final Crisis continuity for one simple reason: IT’S NOT A FINAL CRISIS TIE IN BOOK. It’s not the Final Crisis cover style. It doesn’t mention Final Crisis anywhere. It wasn’t solicited as a Final Crisis book. All we get is some vague references to a grand battle that everyone assumes is from Final Crisis, but it’s never stated that way. There’s no mention of New Gods or Anti Life or any of that stuff. It’s a separate book from Final Crisis and should be treated as such. And it’s another winner. I really need to finish getting his JLA issues so I can sit down and read them.