DC Comics announced on Tuesday that Grant Morrison and J.G. Jones‘ 2008 crossover event will be getting the giant, oversized treatment with Absolute Final Crisis.
Final Crisis was the story about how evil defeated good in the DC Universe. And while plenty of readers didn’t quite enjoy the book, I did. In fact, it’s one of my favorites events. But how I or you feel about the content of the story is simply irrelevant when it boils down to the Absolute format. You see, because Absolute Editions are not necessarily a way to enjoy the narrative of whatever story they collect. No, these oversized editions, to me, are primarily for the art. Of the Absolute Editions I do have, I can never actually read the story, because the art is too pretty and I just get distracted. And Final Crisis is a perfect addition the these collections.
In Final Crisis #1-7, J.G. Jones’ art is some of the most gorgeous out there. To see the scene of Batman fighting against Darkseid in this format would be like a dream come true. Think of all the colors! And really, how could anybody complain about Jones’ art in this book, at all? As I said, that’s the take-away from any Absolute Edition. So, simply put, you’re going to want to pick this up.
Now, you may be thinking that 7 issues may not seem like a lot for an Absolute Edition, and you’d be absolutely right. But, what you may not remember is that Grant Morrison wrote several of the tie-ins to the mini-series, also. And the majority of those will be in this collection, as well. Absolute Final Crisis collects Final Crisis #1-7, Final Crisis: Submit #1, Final Crisis: Superman Beyond #1-2, and the Final Crisis Sketchbook, which are all written by Grant Morrison. But, if you remember, the Superman Beyond comics were originally printed in 3D. So, how then are they going to work that in to this collection? Well, DC Comics will also be providing 3D glasses in the packaging for this Absolute Edition.
Again, this isn’t the prime way to check out the narrative of the extremely high concept story. If you want to do that, I’d suggest you read every DC book that Morrison had written up until that point [see Batman: Batman & Son and The Black Glove] as well as a lot of New Gods comics. Or, pick up the collected Final Crisis in hardcover or paperback which has the same titles from this collection, but it’s told in a linear manner. And there’s no sign whether or not this collection will have them separated or brought together. Also, the giant format, as I said earlier, is not the best way to read the story. But if you want the story, you’re also going to need to read the Final Crisis: Batman tie-ins that are in the RIP collection, as well. Supergods wouldn’t hurt, either. Either way, though, J.G. Jones’ art in this will be a sight to behold, and if you’re wanting to get it, go to your local comic shop and make sure they reserve a copy, or hold out and hope that the traditional short print runs will be nice to your bookshelf.
Absolute Final Crisis will be hitting stores in February at a retail price that is currently unknown to me because I can’t find the information anywhere. Usually, though, the prices for these are anywhere between $75 and $150, so take a cue from the scouts and be prepared.