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Final Crisis: Revelations

01/02/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts

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Final Crisis: Revelations by Greg Rucka, Philip Tan and Jonathan Glapion. pub: DC Comics. 168 page graphic novel softcover. Price: $14.99 (US), $17.99 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-4012-2323-6).

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Of all of DC’s characters, the one that I have the most problems dealing with is the Spectre. He is the embodiment of vengeance and meting out its judgement. That’s all well and good but you would think that with so many super-villains out there who deserve it, why isn’t he going after them? I missed the transference from Jim Corrigan to Hal Jordan and now there’s a new host in the form of deceased Gotham City detective Crispus Allen on the vengeance trail and after a former colleague, Renee Montoya, the new Question, on what appears to be her first solo case (mostly cos we see the previous Question, Vic Sage’s death), having failed to kill Libra because the ‘God’ wouldn’t let him.

In many respects, having the Spectre, the most powerful of beings in the DC Universe, paired with the new Question, probably the most weakest, is an odd choice but the story works out as a balance between power and ethics, even if there is an enormous slugifest in the middle when the Spectre’s opponent, Cain, is capable of stopping him. All the Question has in her favour is the ability to use the Spear of Destiny only she doesn’t have it initially. Cain does and he isn’t eager to give it up. There’s a lot of trouble going on and even with the appearances of Radiant and the Huntress is barely enough and guess which of these beings has access to the anti-life equation.

This story was original released in ‘Revelations # 1-5: Final Crisis Secret Files 1’. It’s importance is largely because the Spectre is responsible for re-setting the DC Universe after that Final Crisis that shouldn’t be seen as a spoiler because it’s already happened in the original ‘Final Crisis’ mini-series previously reviewed. Here, you get all the details as to how this happened. This is also the closest we get to seeing the ‘God’ that the Spectre serves although of which religion has people amongst its supporters is hard to say. Frankly, I’m still reeling and I wouldn’t be surprised if you read it again a few more times in the weeks to come after getting your own copy.

GF Willmetts

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