Final Crisis #2

Event\Storyline: Final Crisis Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: JG Jones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: June 25, 2008 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 10
7.1Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Join legendary wrestler Sonny Sumo and super escape artist Mister Miracle as they team to face the offspring of the Anti-Life Equation! See Earth's superheroes mourn one of their oldest allies! But with one death comes the spectacular return of one of the DCU's greatest heroes!

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Jun 29, 2008

    This fight is horrifying, both in its desperate, elaborate verbiage and in the eerie glow of green that illuminates the afflicted Lantern and flashes off Batman's black leather. J.G. Jones has always had a singular ability to merge realism with expressive special effects, and here with colorist Alex Sinclair he achieves storytelling that is cinematic not in the sense of trying to look like a movie, but in the sense of being dramatic, crystal clear, well-edited and visually surprising. His sequence of images creates a seamless montage. When a certain character returns chasing a bullet through time, you realize that this short mini-series may just be the epic we were promised, for once. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jun 26, 2008

    Final Crisis #2 was a brilliant read. Morrison treats the reader to a wonderfully crafted issue. To be sure, Morrison challenges the reader and requires them to work while reading Final Crisis #2. Morrison gives the reader a rich story full of plenty of substance for the reader to digest. This is definitely an issue that is even better after a second or third reading. It is that detailed and deep. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Jun 25, 2008

    "Final Crisis" is not a tour through the DC Universe. It's not a fun, light-hearted summer event. It's a deeply disturbing look at heroes under siege. And it's very good. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Benjamin Birdie Jun 25, 2008

    So congratulations, Mr. Morrison. Congratulations, Mr. Jones. You have discovered The Anti-Disappointment Equation and unleashed it onto an unsuspecting world. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Jun 29, 2008

    With its thoughtful themes and slowly developing plot threads and mysteries, Final Crisis is shaping up to be a great story. It's easily the best summertime comic book event I've read since Jim Starlin's conclusion to his Warlock saga ran in Avengers Annual #7 and Marvel Two-In-One Annual #2 thirty-one years ago. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Koppy McFad Jun 28, 2008

    Maybe all these gimmicks about weapons going backward in time and gods coming back to life will end up as just so much special effects, like computer-generated images in a Hollywood blockbuster. But the more serious story of evil slowly engulfing our heroes, makes this comic worth reading. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Dan Phillips Jun 25, 2008

    Even with all the faults and problems I've pointed out, I think Final Crisis deserves praise for one reason: it's completely different than any one of these big event books we've ever seen. Morrison can be accused of a lot of things, but a lack of innovation and risk taking is not one of them. Rather than try and entertain us with a lot of big fight scenes and bells and whistles (see the main Secret Invasion series), he's chosen to try something completely different, one that fits right alongside some of his most challenging work. For that, I'm thankful. I just hope all of Final Crisis' grand plans will pay off in the end, because its not clear that they will. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Jun 29, 2008

    I enjoyed Final Crisis #2 a little more than I did the first issue. I still don't think that it's perfect - the story is still a little too fractured for me to really be gripped by it at this point, and despite a strong final few pages and a great cliffhanger, it feels like the series has only just got going by the time this issue ends. Still, whilst I still don't feel that the book has completely come together yet, there's a greater sense of impending doom here than in the first issue, and if Morrison can deliver on the promise of his epic story then this could still turn out to be a highly enjoyable book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 25, 2008

    Despite all my complaints and criticisms regarding this issue, Morrison and company don't need to bend over backwards to fix this book. The core story is still ripe with potential. When the New Gods actually appear, which is all too rarely, many of my complaints temporarily evaporate. The main thing this book needs is a tighter focus and less extraneous nonsense. That said, the project is probably too far along at this point for any major changes to be made, and the most I'll allow myself to hope for is that the story will pick up once evil wins the day. I never expected to be rooting for the bad guys. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Jun 25, 2008

    It's by no means a bad issue and I'm sure it will all connect together in a few issues or on subsequent read throughs when everything's said and done, but it would be nice to be able to follow the comic I'm buying on a monthly basis. I shouldn't have to wait for the whole thing to be over with to enjoy something I bought now. Also, I found Jones' art to be lackluster in comparison to the first issue, but it may have been teh colourist or inker's fault, hard to tell. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kevin Powers Jun 29, 2008

    There's no telling where this story is going to end up anymore. Maybe that's part of the intrigue. I have my own theories that this series is more tied to Zero Hour than anything else (i.e. Libra is Extant, and that would be kind of lame). Everyone has their ideas and theories, but after the sales reports on Final Crisis, Chuck Dixon leaving DC and unleashing his discontent, and Morrison's finger pointing, the true crisis is not even be happening inside this book. Whether it was the failed build-up, the lack of tie-ins, the infighting or rumored constant changing of stories, Final Crisis is tripping over its own feet. Morrison has so much material here, a lot of it would be very strong if fleshed out, and there should be tie-ins. But there aren't, and this is leading to a mess of a book with plot points all over the place and no central threat for the heroes to battle. We'll see if this series really "gets going" with issue #3, and I guess from there the true judgment can be han Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Jun 27, 2008

    Review: Final Crisis #2By: Stephen Schleicher | June 27th, 2008You just don't get it do you?It has been a real struggle to write the reviews for Final Crisis. Every time I pick up the book, I get angry over what I am reading, but then after a while, my blood stops boiling and I give it a second, third, and more often than not, a fourth and fifth reading to come to some kind of understanding with what Morrison is trying to accomplish. I see and respect what he is doing, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.There is a lot to take in with this second issue. Plot points that were introduced in issue #1 are referenced but not really expanded upon. Sure, there is some attempt to discover what killed Orion in what must be the grand daddy of all magic bullet theories (and yes that is a spoiler), and we do get to see Turpin continue his quest to find missing children, but what we don't see is what happened to Turpin immediately following issue #1. I guess that Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - J. Montes Jun 25, 2008

    For the 10% of comic book reading populace who “gets” every reference and can follow the story without “help” gets my admiration and applause. I honestly wish I could comprehend this story and I wish I could enjoy it. I'm a fan of the creative team, and J.G. Jones handles the monumental task of drawing a billion superheroes (and villains) almost effortlessly. Alex Sinclair also deserves kudos for his coloring work here. Unlike the boring, moody palettes he brings to Jim Lee's artwork, the colors he uses here brings the world to life. It's just a shame I couldn't enjoy the story as much as the artwork, because the art is, quite frankly, the only criteria that prevents this book from getting an “F”. Read Full Review

Reviews for the Week of...