Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3D #1

Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3D #1

Event\Storyline: Final Crisis Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: Doug Mahnke Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 27, 2008 Cover Price: $4.50 Critic Reviews: 7
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  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Aug 31, 2008

    [In Ginsbergs poem, Moloch is the bringer of chaos and crisis that takes the form of suffering, authority, capitalism, and mechanical existence (similar to Kirbys concept of the Anti-Life Equation) and whose ear is a smoking tomb (a sepulcher)--similar to the Pits of Apokolips that Morrison seems to allude to with his vision of Mandrakk residing in a sepulcher in the form of a plague pit.]Morrisons Superman Beyond is an ambitious work that really does help clarify aspects of Final Crisis, but not in an easily accessible manner. With each subsequent piece of the puzzle, its evident that this is Morrisons magnum opus when it comes to superhero comics. Id even go so far as to say it is going to be the magnum opus all superhero comics--supplanting Alan Moores The Watchmen if Morrison can pull it off (and if his illustrators can meet the requirements of his story). Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Aug 30, 2008

    I enjoyed Final Crisis Superman Beyond #1 immensely. Of course, it must be noted that I like Morrison's style of writing, I am enjoying the Final Crisis event and I love the Multiverse. Having said that, setting aside my personal biases, Final Crisis Superman Beyond #1 was still a well paced read, had a nice blend of action and drama and was impressively constructed. This was an enjoyable and well written issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Luke Handley Aug 31, 2008

    The first half of Superman Beyond is a well-crafted and incredibly intriguing diversion from the main plotline of Final Crisis, but one that I suspect will have serious implications for DC's current ber-storyline. Morrison and Mahnke bring their best to this tie-in and anyone enjoying the main storyline should give this a try. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Aug 31, 2008

    It's looking like Final Crisis is going to form the culmination of much of Morrison's DC work up to this point, unifying many disparate ideas under a single banner (or, to borrow a concept from this issue, creating a single story that has "got all the others in it"). There's also a compelling cliffhanger that suggests a dire end for the multiverse by the time that Final Crisis is over (but actually implies the opposite, once you think through the reversed logic of Ultraman's opposite nature). Whilst it might seem like a mess of ideas for those who are put off by Morrison's unique and idiosyncratic take on the DC multiverse -- or for those who aren't following Final Crisis -- I'd recommend it to everyone else. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Aug 27, 2008

    If you've been enjoying "Final Crisis," this will illuminate new facets of the struggle between light and darkness. If you've found "Final Crisis" difficult to comprehend, I don't think you'll have a clue what's going on by the end of this issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Aug 31, 2008

    It works as another corner of Grant's Crisis-style take on the DC Trinity: Wonder Woman transformed into a monster, Batman near death, and now Superman having to cope with a bracing world of corruption. It's a different style of storytelling from the mini-series itself: there we're seeing a series of drive-by effects, whereas Superman here has gone beyond the surface results to at least one cause. Along the way we get a retelling/retooling of the Monitor origin myth, and the vampire moment is just one of many blood-chilling thrills to be had. However, the mix and match elements are the kind of Morrisonian patchwork we get sometimes when he's spread himself too thin; it's a good call this one is only two issues. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    IGN - Dan Phillips Aug 27, 2008

    Let's hope Morrison gets this weirdness out of his system with these two issues, and that it won't spill over into Final Crisis proper. I don't think I'd be able to handle it. Read Full Review

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