|First off, I enjoyed the second chapter. I really enjoyed the purple prose narration -- the cosmic equivalent of the narration from FRANKENSTEIN!, just wonderfully over the top. And Billy, Billy Marvel stole the show for me. Every page he was on, bam, that's where I was. Clark's dialogue was all spot on and very, yes, All-Star -- "Sure. I've heard it all before, tough guy."|
yeah. SB was just jawdropping. it's like ASS condensed into 2 issues and taken to another level of crazy platonic hyperreality.
Really? It felt to me more like an essay written about A*S than a condensation. It's more broadly and upfront with its metafiction, right down to that last page. While I enjoyed BEYOND, I wasn't blown away by it.
mahnke is a god here, for certain. I'm more convinced than ever that he had the chops to have done FC from the start, and probably better. the monitor world is breathtaking, mandrakk is utterly horrifying ( especially in 3D) and it all feels both more grounded in the dc universe, visually, and more transcendant at the same time.
Mahnke is great, I love Mahnke. I would have dug an all-Mahnke FC for sure, definitely, and I think he really owns this tie-in. He manages to give Captain Marvel an appropriately divine entrance (flashing lightning and clouds!), he's not afraid to be funny (Limbo dude in the armour, smacking evil with a fish skeleton).
And Mandrakk, along with Monitor-World, did look great. Very, very horrible and god-like at the same time.
I quite like the sequence talking about symmetries rather than dualities, I liked the inclusion and reference to the other Supermen's problems back home (Allen needs to get home, and Billy's world has gone topsy-turvy in time without a fragment of Rock of Eternity).
Now, does Mandrakk make it into Final Crisis 7, or is this a seed for something in the longer-run? Because he sort of throws Ultraman-as-Vampire out there and it seems a bit last minute for Mandrakk to be the final and ultimate conflict of the event. He's a "You haven't seen the last of me!" opponent for later, I'd wager, and this tie-in was an aside in the greater conflict.