We're just a week away from the debut of the first issue of Final Crisis, and I must admit I'm a bit stoked. By all indications I shouldn't be, what with Countdown being so hugely, um, disappointing; and the whole 'heroes will face their darkest hour and bad things will happen to them' theme is not the way I'd want to see things go. But I have faith in Grant Morrison running the show, as he rarely disappoints and even his disappointments are interesting. We recall that Morrison was also the front man on the DC 1,000,000 event from a few years ago, which turned out to be one of the better line-wide crossover events that DC has done.
I'll be following Douglas Woulk's Final Crisis Annotations as my guidebook. Even though I've been steeped in DCU lore for many years, I'm sure there will be plenty that I'll miss. Woulk's analysis of DC Universe #0 showed that there was a lot more going on in that preview/tease than most cursory reviews gave it credit for.