[SPOILERS. PLEASE ALLOW ME TO GEEK OUT A BIT]
Yes, a lot happens across the board in this issue, but Final Crisis #6 is all about Batman. After the events of “Batman RIP,” the final (wink) fate of Batman as Bruce Wayne is revealed in Final Crisis #6. Yes, Batman survived the helicopter crash and subsequent capture by Darkseid. Yes, Batman confronts Darkseid in Denim for the big showdown. Equipped with the Radion laced bullet that killed Orion, Batman makes an once in a lifetime exception to his no fire arm rule. As Bruce Wayne’s entire crusade against evil started with a gun, he comes full circle faced with the embodiment of evil. Darkseid threatens Batman with the Omega Sanction, a cosmic beam that subjects the target to a series of worsening alternate lives, to which Batman replies with “Try me.” Darkseid in Denim blasts the Omega Sanction as Batman’s bullet connects, seemingly (but unlikely) killing the Fifth World God. With a knowing and accepting grin, Batman is struck by the beam. At the end of FC#6, Superman is seeing carrying a boney, charred body of Batman.
Now, though it may certainly appear as if Batman is dead following the sure to be iconic image of a burnt Bats, you can save the eulogy for later since the Omega Sanction doesn’t necessarily equate death. Grant Morrison’s entire run on Batman has pretty much been all about showing how awesome Bruce Wayne is. If anyone can survive a string of worsening alternate lives, it has to be Bruce Wayne. The most exciting thing about the whole event: how Bruce Wayne returns (because you know he will). If they play their cards right, this can make for some seriously cool comic book moments. IF they do it right.
The other high point of this issue for me was Tawky Tawny vs Kalibak. Thee end. Will Tawky Tawny lead the Tiger Army against the Justifiers?
I’ve been pretty optimistic about the series as a whole, but it worries me that there’s so much that needs to happen in a single issue. It’s almost like having a 5 second finale.
aand scene. See what Morrision has to say about the issue here.