Daily Archives: July 9, 2008

Comic in Crisis

Final Crisis: Requiem #1
“Final Crisis: Requiem – Caretakers of Mars”
Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Pencils: Doug Mahnke
Inks: Christian Alamy & Rodney Ramos
Colors: Nei Ruffino
Letters: John J. Hill
Cover artists: Mahnke & Alamy (regular cover) and J.G. Jones (sliver cover)
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $3.99 US/CAN

I’m holding a requiem of my own, as I — as are many others who bought this comic, I suspect — mourn the loss of the four bucks I spent on this one-shot. I’m a longtime fan of super-hero comics, especially DC’s, and I enjoy a well-crafted super-hero universe event story. I don’t even mind crossover tangents and tie-ins, as long as they’re crafted well. Final Crisis: Requiem isn’t, and while there are many flaws to be found in this book, the biggest problem with this comic is clear: there’s no story. This is about characters reacting to a story, or at least to a plot development in a story. The art has its strengths, but it’s not consistently strong throughout the entire issue. Requiem doesn’t fill me with confidence about forthcoming Final Crisis spinoff titles at all.

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