|FINAL CRISIS TIE-IN ACTION! SUPERMAN BEYOND!|
As if entirely aware of my desperate, junkie-like cravings for some Morrison/Quitely All-Star Superman action-- coming out, one hopes, next week? -- as if aware, the universe spat up the Final Crisis tie-in SUPERMAN BEYOND, which was hilarious and almost seems like more what I was hoping for with Final Crisis itself in terms of tone. It's not perfect by any stretch, particularly because I'm so unbelievably bored with meta-fiction of particular styles in my comics right now, as exemplified by the trip to Limbo with the forgotten characters. Luckily we're not treated to too much of the Limbo stuff but it was a very near thing. The King of Limbo was a surprise, but... I think it may be that this particular ship feels like it sailed with Animal Man and it's weird to go back to that well.
Still, the "proper" Captain Marvel having words with Ultraman, Ubermensch/Overman's encounter...the snapshots of worlds they pass through (Earth-20! Was that Ralph Dibney in the helmet of Fate and maybe Sue Dibney as a Blackhawk?). The "Quantum Superman" being a halfway point between current issue Captain Atom, original Charlton Captain Atom, and Doctor Manhattan(!). There was lots of fun bits, it all boils down to a "Superhero crossing galaxies and spacetime just to save his love interest" Flex Mentastic story, and Doug Mahnke's artwork was seedy and gritty and gross and cool. Why these two are doing an ongoing FRANKENSTEIN! series I just. Don't. Know.