Final Crisis #7 summed up in two words: holy %$#& (insert the expletive of your choice).
I was somewhat disappointed by the first two issues of this major event miniseries. Once writer Grant Morrison hit his stride in the third issue, it just got better and better, culminating in a mindblowing finale that only Morrison could have crafted, and one that exceeded all of my expectations. It’s so wonderfully weird and cosmic. The parts I didn’t like about the first two issues make sense now that I’ve read the entire story in all of its brilliant glory.
Morrison is one mad bastard of a writer, and I mean that in an entirely positive way. I love his work (although it took me awhile to forgive him for killing off Jean Grey again). I’ve been a fan since he worked on Animal Man in the late 1980s.
And, really, how can one not love a comic where Captain Carrot makes a cameo appearance?
I’ve had quite a few disagreements with people today because I loved Final Crisis #7 and the miniseries as a whole. The majority opinion in fandom seems to be that this issue, and the miniseries as a whole, was confusing and, well, just too damn weird. I didn’t find it to be confusing. Challenging at times, yes, and most definitely weird, but those aren’t necessarily bad things. Then again, I’m someone who appreciates things like surrealism and the films of David Lynch.
Final Crisis writer Grant Morrison has admitted to heavy use of psychedelic drugs in the past as a way to expand his consciousness and once said that he thought David Lynch films reflected real life. Some of his stories in Doom Patrol were inspired by Dadaism, and his later work on The Invisibles was influenced by Robert Anton Wilson, Aleister Crowley, and William S. Burroughs. Although he’s also written more mainstream comics, like JLA and New X-Men, Morrison at his best is a mad genius who likes to challenge his readers.
I don’t think Morrison tries to be deliberately confusing, he simply applies his own internal logic to his works. Lynch refuses to explain his films because he believes that it’s more interesting to see how viewers interpret them for themselves. I think Morrison needs to be read the same way. Neither creator is talking down to the audience, they actually want the audience to think.
Final Crisis is far from perfect, but Morrison’s occasional stumbles are still far more fascinating than most other comics writers at their best. This is the kind of gleeful mind crack that dares to do something different than just another run of the mill big superhero event. Any writer can do those. It takes a brilliant writer to do a Final Crisis.
I’ll have more thoughts on this series to post at a later time. I still have much to cover, including various cameos, the surprising misuse of Wonder Woman in the story, and a look at my favorite moments.
Agree? Disagree? Think I’m as crazy as Morrison? Let me know!
— Danielle Ni Dhighe