YMMV / Final Crisis

  • Author's Saving Throw: One of the few things from Countdown that Morrison grudgingly acknowledged was Mary Marvel's Face–Heel Turn, though rather than voluntary, as it was depicted in that series, Morrison reveals that it was due to the spirit of Desaad, Darkseid's Torture Technician and all-around lackey, reincarnating into her body.
  • Broken Base: To be expected when you have Grant Morrison make an event comic. Is it a grand epic and the culmination of years of stories, paying tribute to great works, with an ultimate payoff well worth the wait? Or a barely decipherable mess that doesn't care if anyone gets lost, and Morrison's screwing up the DC Universe in a huge fashion while caring more about tying it into his Batman run?
  • Complete Monster: Darkseid is dying, and so as a final gesture wants to destroy the entire multiverse and all life on it. He murdered his heroic son Orion to permit himself to gain dominion over Earth. Once there, he enslaved the minds of everyone he could touch, turning them into savage parodies of themselves, intending to as he said "murder their souls and take them to hell without end."
  • Continuity Lockout: Good luck on having complete understanding of this book without a near-encyclopedic knowledge of the DC Universe's history. Specifically, Anthro the First Boy, Jack Kirby's New Gods, Grant Morrison's Seven Soldiers of Victory, Morrison's Batman run, Crisis on Infinite Earths, 52, JLA Earth 2, Kamandi, O.M.A.C., Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew, Countdown to Final Crisis (though Final Crisis takes serious Broad Strokes in relation to that series) and The Trials of Shazam (so you know why the hell Captain Marvel Jr. is Captain Marvel now).
  • Crazy Awesome: Nix Uotan becomes this thanks to Metron's advice.
  • Funny Moments: Final Crisis: Requiem shows the Injustice Gang being violently ambushed by the Justice League. While Lex, Ocean Master and a few others are getting massacred by their respective nemeses, Batman and Talia just make out. It's all a hallucination, which really shows where Talia's mind is.
  • Les Yay: The possessed Mary Marvel keeps coming on to Supergirl the more they fight, with Mary showing signs of being a Combat Sadomasochist. Actually, it was Desaad in Mary's body.
  • Memetic Mutation: "ALL IS ONE IN DARKSEID," "ANTI-LIFE JUSTIFIES MY X," and the various other marketing slogans for Darkseid's dictatorship. "ANTI-LIFE JUSTIFIES MY HATRED!" in particular got a lot of mileage, especially in forum threads complaining about bad comics.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Grant Morrison had intended for Mary Marvel's possession to be a commentary on how the comics industry often corrupts and perverts superheroines for cheap drama and fanservice. He had hoped that people would be horrified at watching one of the most innocent superheroines in the DC universe acting like a Psycho Lesbian. A lot of readers found her evil side hot.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Inertia crossed it (again) when he killed Weather Wizard's baby son. Also Libra and Human Flame, for killing Martian Manhunter. Darkseid obviously crossed it long, long ago, but what he does in this story is certainly up there with the worst stuff he ever did.
    • Mandrakk crosses the Horizon when he murders his ex-wife, Zillo Valla. Even he's shocked by what he just did, showcasing the last bit of humanity left in the cosmic destroyer.
    • For all Darkseid steals the show in the story, it's easy to forget that the one who actually distributes the Anti-Life Equation to the globe is his scientist, Mr. Mokkari, which he does while sporting a calm smile.
  • Narm: "Come closer, I need to eat you raw! SLLUUBBBRR." Apparently even DC thought so since they replaced this with "Where Mandrakk waits for you" in the collected edition.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The new nature of Darkseid, not to mention Mandrakk. Darkseid has transcended his physical form and become a nightmarish Eldritch Abomination who's pulling reality down into the abyss, and Mandrakk is an interdimensional vampire feeding on the death of reality. Who's heavily implied to be the original Monitor.
    • The release of the Anti-Life Equation, which is released on EVERY form of electronic device: TV, Internet, radio, PDA, Cellphone, GPS, etc. The book proclaims that over a billion people are enslaved this way with the initial release of the Anti-Life Equation, effectively giving Darkseid control over Earth and forcing the unaffected heroes of Earth into hiding for the second half of the storyline.
  • Older Than They Think: New Gods having host bodies? Black Racer did that with Willie Walker in the original New Gods book by Jack Kirby.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The Anti-Life Equation can be transmitted through any form of electronic mediALL IS ONE IN DARKSEID.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Libra and Human Flame.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: One can only assume what this series would've been like if DC listened to Morrison's plea for an embargo on the New Gods characters.
  • Vindicated by History: When the series was originally released, it was incredibly hard to follow, due to the series' "channel flipping" method of storytelling, the Schedule Slip that affected the essential tie-in Superman Beyond 3D, and significant Executive Meddling, particularly in regards to Countdown to Final Crisis. Now that the series has been collected properly and the readership has had time to properly digest its contents, it's much more well regarded, with a number of readers considering it a modern classic. It's still considered divisive, though.
  • What An Idiot: At the end of Legion of Three Worlds, Superboy-Prime manages to break reality (again) and doom himself to being an unpowered kid in a world where everyone hates and fears him by punching out the Time Trapper who is his own future self.
    Brainiac: What an idiot.
  • The Woobie: Overman, an alternate version of Superman who landed in the Sudetenland in 1939. He describes his world as one "built on human suffering", and it's made pretty plain he's not remotely proud of that fact. The only reason he's involved in the crisis is to find his world's version of Supergirl. And he does, but only after she's dead.