Final Crisis #3

Event\Storyline: Final Crisis Writer: Grant Morrison Artist: J.G. Jones Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: August 6, 2008 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 9
7.2Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Batman missing in action! Superman immobilized! Green Lantern on trial for his life! A shadow is falling across Earth's super heroes and it's darkening by the moment! Also, what bizarre warning from beyond awaits Frankenstein, The Question and the agents of S.H.A.D.E. in the shadows of the Dark Side Club?

  • 9.5
    IGN - Dan Phillips Aug 6, 2008

    Final Crisis #3 was one of the finest superhero comics I've read in some time, and trumps most other attempts at ambitious big event comics you'll find from past or present. This is reality shaking, good vs. evil, heart-pounding storytelling at its finest. I wouldn't call the series close to perfect just yet, but it's an absolutely engrossing read that kept me glued to every page. I know I can't wait for issue #4, that's for sure. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Erik Norris Aug 10, 2008

    Final Crisis #3 is another winner as far as I'm concerned. Plots and subplots are starting to converge, and the scope of the series couldn't come off as any more epic than it already does. It's going to suck waiting a month or more for the next installment, but I'm sure it will be worth it once the final product hits our hands and we actually get to see what Earth under the control of evil really looks like. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Benjamin Birdie Aug 6, 2008

    They're not superheroes anymore, not in any way that can really make a difference. They're powerless. If a more dire and impossible threat has even been laid at a superhero universe's feet with such implacable verve and detail, I have to admit, I've never seen it. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Aug 7, 2008

    Final Crisis #3 was another dense and satisfying read that was thick with DC continuity. I love a story like this that I can really sink my teeth into. Morrison is crafting such a delightfully complex story that I can easily read this issue two or three times and still walk away with a new wrinkle or detail that I did not notice the time before. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - J. Montes Aug 6, 2008

    J.G. Jones once again does some terrific work. If you can, find the Supergirl cover. It's to die for (and strangely reminiscent of that girl on the cover of Grand Theft Auto IV). There's a few notable pages that'll make your jaw drop – particularly one involving the aforementioned assembled heroes. My confidence in this series is restored and I never thought I'd feel this way, but I'm actually now anticipating the next chapter of this series more than Marvel's Secret Invasion. Crazy! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Christopher Power Aug 10, 2008

    ***I had several more points that did not fit in this review regarding: the absence of the Guardian of Eternity, the Spectre, Superman's dilemma, the lack of progress in Hal Jordan's story and Diana's lack of lasso use on Marvel Marvel and the introduction of yet another set of young "heroes." Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Aug 10, 2008

    The book's only major weakness is that it's occasionally a little too reliant on readers to fill in the gaps in the story, when greater clarity would sometimes be desirable - especially for readers like me who aren't well-versed in DC continuity. That said, I'm finding the book increasingly easy to follow as I'm seeing how all of the pieces connect to one another, and I don't doubt that it will hang together very well by the time the story is complete. Final Crisis is shaping up to be a dense, innovative, and atypical "event" comic - and this issue's cliffhanger is going to make the extended wait for issue #4 feel like it can't pass quickly enough. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Thom Young Aug 10, 2008

    All of these mysterious pieces to the story and to Morrisons cosmology for the DC Universe / Multiverse is why I am enjoying this series. If it all comes together well, and Morrison is able to get it all on the head of a pin, I might have to eventually give Final Crisis a five-bullet rating. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Aug 6, 2008

    The first three issues of "Final Crisis" have set the stage, as advertised, and after a short break for some ancillary series and one-shots, "Final Crisis" will return with a new focus, I'm sure: the heroes are assembled, now they need to figure out what to do. As much as I've liked "Crisis on Infinite Earths" and "Identity Crisis," they were designed as continuity fixes first, and stories second. "Final Crisis" is, above all, a story. And it's unfolding a bit differently than the other two series, but I think it's much better for it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Stephen Schleicher Aug 10, 2008

    Yes, Im having a bit of a go at Morrison on this series. I do get what Morrison is doing, and can respect that. However, if hes going to slap people around with this series, he should expect a little slapping back. Im glad this issue finally revealed some of the information weve been waiting for, but at the end, I can still only give Final Crisis #3 2.5 out of 5 stars. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kevin Powers Aug 10, 2008

    Final Crisis is a mess. DC has lost the grip on the streamlined storytelling established with Brad Meltzer and Identity Crisis when the mind-wiping seemed like a catalyst for everything. Now that is all but forgotten as the DC team has shifted from the classic core villains of each hero to an almost out of nowhere operation by Darkseid. "The day that evil won" seems trite as this story doesn't really feel like it affects the DC Universe as a whole because there are no tie-ins or connections to what is taking place elsewhere, even in Morrison's own "Batman R.I.P." story. If you want an epic DC story, follow Action Comics, Green Lantern, The Rann/Thanagar Holy War and even Batman. Final Crisis is a cheap gimmick that hasn't come close to delivering the goods. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Aug 6, 2008

    Bad writing, bad art, a throw shit at the wall and hope something sticks attitude to storytelling, bastardization of characters and a cheap timeskip solution to 'evil winning'. Want an awesome Grant Morrison story featuring Darkside taking over? Ignore this nonsense and go pick up Rock of Ages from his JLA run. Read Full Review

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