With this review, the Final Crisis event reviews are caught up. Tomorrow I’ll catch up on Secret Invasion with the latest issues of Nova, followed on Friday by a Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight review of the issues that come out in a collected edition this week.
Title: Final Crisis: Resist
Author: Greg Rucka and Eric Trautman
Illustrator(s): Ryan Sook and Marco Rudy (I’m not clear on their roles; the issue only has cover credits, and the website doesn’t list Rudy at all.)
Cover Date: December 2008
Cover Price: $3.99 US/Can
Darkseid has won, but Mr. Terrific, Snapper Carr and Cheetah haven’t given up fighting. They face multiple difficulties, but eventually put together a plan to fight back that may actually work.
For the first time in a long time, heroes are showing the “never give up” attitude they’re known for. That’s been far too rare during this event.
There’s no recap or explanation of what the Checkmate facility is all about. Maybe if I read less Marvel I’d have the same complaint about “Secret Invasion,” but I find that “Final Crisis” in general is not particularly new reader friendly.
As mentioned in the high point, this is the first Final Crisis issue that shows heroes who refuse to give up, which I always thought was one of a hero’s defining characteristics. That counts as original in this event. I give it 5 out of 6.
The artwork is well done, depicting every page with detail and clarity. I give it 5 out of 6.
The story seems to work well enough for those who already know what the Checkmate facility is. I’m vague on why these characters start out together and what they’re doing at the time, but I can follow easily enough from there. I give it 4 out of 6.
The characterization of the three leads is nice. I’m impressed by Mr. Terrific’s attitude, especially in contrast to the rest of the Universe. I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response improves through the issue, as it moves from unfamiliar territory into the story points. I give it 4 out of 6.
The flow of the story is nice, keeping things moving from point to point, filling in details that take place between issues 3 and 4 of the main event. I give it 5 out of 6.
Overall, this is a decent tie-in, which feels like a must-read if one is going to be able to understand where these characters got this plan and technology from when they appear in the main series. I give it 5 out of 6.
In total, Final Crisis: Resist receives 33 out of 42.
Final Crisis Checklist
- DC Universe #0
- Final Crisis #1-2, 3, 4, 5: November 26, 6: December 31, 7: January 28, complete series: January 28
- Final Crisis: Requiem
- DC Universe: Last Will and Testament
- Final Crisis: Rogues Revenge #1-3
- Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds #1-5: ??
- Final Crisis: Revelations #1-5: December 31
- Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1-2: January 14
- Final Crisis: Submit
- Final Crisis: Resist
- Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns
- Final Crisis: Secret Files: December 24