OK, I've finally decided to cave and read Final Crisis. I wanted to wait until I had at least a majority of the series, but I couldn't wait anymore, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. The main thing that came out of these comics was me scratching my head a lot and looking awfully confused...
I'm not going to even touch the Monitor stuff, because I have very little idea about who they are, or what exactly their role in the DCU is. What I did understand (I think)was that two factions of "Gods" battled and the bad "Gods" won, and have been hiding out on Earth, in the guise of normal humans, plotting to turn the Earth into some kind of hellish world. At least, I think that's what was going on... I could be WAAAAAAAAAAY off, because one thing I've learned about reading Grant Morrison's work is that he likes to add A LOT of twists and turns to his writing.
So anyway, Mary Marvel, who is now totally evil, somehow causes Wonder Woman to unleash something called the Anti-Life Equation, which turns the Earth into the before mentioned hellish world. I'm a little foggy as to how that happened, but I'm hoping it will be explained later.
As for the main heroes, Superman gets called into the future(I think), after Lois almost dies in an explosion at the Daily Planet, Bats is captured by the bad guys, Hal Jordan is arrested by the GL Corps, since they suspect he's gone crazy again, and Flash (Wally West) went running through the timestream with the recently reappeared Barry Allen Flash.
Needless to say, I'm as confused as can be, but the series is still young. One thing that kind of bothered me was the pacing of the story. It was all over the place! One panel, we're on Mars, then we're in Gotham, then it's a quick visit with the bad guys, then we head to NYC! Slow down, please! I think these comics would have benefited greatly from some extra pages, that way the pace would have been a little more leisurely, and maybe some more of the story could have been shown... I mean, the Martian Manhunter was killed off in like one panel! Shouldn't his death have gotten a little bit more attention here?
Anyway, breakneck pace aside, I'm cautiously optimistic about what the future issues have in store. I think I'll hold off on scoring this comic until the end of the series, because obviously there is still a lot of story to tell.