Final Crisis tie-ins

DC Universe 0

Cover Date: June 2008
Subtitle: Let there be Lightning
Writer(s): Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns
Artists(s): George Perez, Doug Mahnke, Tony S. Daniel, Ivan Reis, Aaron Lopresti, Philip Tan, Ed Benes, Carlos Pacheco, JG Jones, Scott Koblish, Christian Alamy, Oclair Albert, Matt Ryan, Jeff De Los Santos, Jesus Merino
Storyline: Batman met with Joker at Arkham about the Black Glove. Joker dealt him a "dead man's hand" (2 aces, 2 8s).
Wonder Woman battled a minotaur as men began to invade Paradise Island.
Green Lanterns John Stewart and Hal Jordan investigated a death where supervillains were being taken to a secret prison. Black Hand heard voices.
The Spectre dished out vengeance to a serial killer.
A burning man fell to earth.
Libra made a bid to become the leader of the Society. He said anyone who followed him would get his/her "heart's desire."


Final Crisis Sketchbook

Cover Date: July 2008
Subtitle: --
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): JG Jones
Storyline: Sketches and write-ups on characters, etc. for Final Crisis.


Final Crisis: Requiem

Cover Date: September 2008
Subtitle: Caretakers of Mars
Writer(s): Peter J. Tomasi
Artists(s): Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Rodney Ramos
Storyline: [takes place during Final Crisis #1-2]
Dr. Light and Effigy overtook the Martian Manhunter with "pyrotranqs" designed by Dr. Sivana. He was taken to Libra, who killed him. Before he died, he infiltrated the Society's minds, showing them their fears, while hoping to escape. He also reached out to his closest allies - Superman, Batman, Black Canary, Vixen, and Green Lantern Jordan. Nightwing found his body in a museum affixed to a model of Mars.
J'onn, while reaching out to his friends telepathically, told them the history of Mars and had them transcribe it. The JLA held a memorial service and laid him to rest on Mars.


DC Universe: Last Will and Testament

Cover Date: October 2008
Subtitle: Conversations
Writer(s): Brad Meltzer
Artists(s): Adam Kubert, John Dell, Joe Kubert
Storyline: [not necessarily in continuity with Final Crisis]
Geo-Force visited Black Lighting. Brion tried to get Jefferson to talk him out of killing Deathstroke. His powers had gone off the charts of late and he blamed it on Wilson (along with the death of his sister, Terra).
Diana and Donna visited before the end of the world. They buried belongings near their fallen comrades.
Starfire looked for Nightwing, who was with Batman and Robin.
Grace, then Geo-Force spoke with Rocky of the Challengers in a confessional-type setting.
Clark Kent visited with his father.
Geo-Force went after Deathstroke, but he was prepared. He fired a dart which turned the Markovian Prince's powers off (Geo-Force was made by the same people that made him). Geo-Force fell 20 stories into a garbage dumpster. Wilson put swords in both of his legs. Geo was able to get one out and slit his throat. Deathstroke had a flashback of Jericho (which is what Geo was after) and went to him. Geo turned the sword on his enemy and ran him through.
It appeared to those who found him that Geo-Force had defeated Deathstroke; both survived and were hospitalized.


Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3D 1

Cover Date: October 2008
Subtitle: --
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Rodney Ramos, Tom Nguyen, Walden Wong
Storyline: [this takes place directly after Final Crisis #3 and is continued in FC: Superman Beyond #2]
Superman accepted the offer he was given - Lois's life for his help in a multiverseral crisis. The woman was recruiting the "greatest super-champions of the multiverse." superman went with her when he realized time had stopped - he need not be with Lois to keep her heart beating.
Outside, in the "bleed," Superman could see universes throughout time. He found himself with Captain Marvel of Earth-5, Ultraman of an antimatter Earth (2), Captain Adam of Earth-4, and Overman of Earth-10 trying to stop a machine from crashing into Earth-20 and 17. Working together, they were able to stop it.
Captain Marvel stepped between Ultraman and Superman - if they touched, they would both be destroyed. The group found themselves in Limbo - a world where nothing happened and everything was forgotten of those who dwelled there. Superman found a library which only had one book - a book that contained all other books. He and Captain Marvel attempted to lift it so they could repair their ship, but were overloaded with all the information. They learned of a being larger than the universes, the Monitors, a great superweapon, and of Mandrakk, the Eater of Life. Lightning shot out and Marvel became Billy. He did not remember his secret word.
Superman went to Zillo Valla to learn about Mandrakk. He found her feeding off Overman. The skies shattered; Overman carried the book - he knew that evil would win in the end.


Final Crisis: Submit

Cover Date: December 2008
Subtitle: --
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): Matthew Clark, Norm Rapmund, Rob Hunter, Don Ho
Storyline: [the collected edition places this between Superman Beyond #2 and FC #4]
The family of the Tattooed man sent out an SOS. They were hiding from the Justifiers in a school. Black Lightning picked up their signal en route to the Hall of Justice. He was overcome, but the Tattooed Man saved him.
At the school, the two men struggled as Tattooed Man was very anti-superhero. BL got them to pack some things and board a bus. They burst through and headed out. Justifiers were able to set the bus on fire, causing the family to abandon ship. BL crashed it so it would give them some cover going into a tunnel. His daughters and SHADE officers were on the other end.
While BL and TM were moving cars to make more barriers, TM's son shot BL. He was left behind to become a Justifier. TM's family got to safety, but he went on to the Hall of Justice to help whomever BL was originally out to save.


Final Crisis: Resist

Cover Date: December 2008
Subtitle: --
Writer(s): Greg Rucka
Artists(s): Eric Trautman, Ryan Sook, Marco Rudy
Storyline: [takes place before Final Crisis #4]
Checkmate's Antarctica base was compromised by Anti-Life, carried by Ice. Only Mr. Terrific, Snapper Carr, and Talib Beni Khalid avoided it. Sasha Bordeaux was shut down so she would not be compromised. Carr took teleportation runs to get supplies and to shut down bio-weapons centers before Darkseid could use them. He eventually found another survivor - Cheetah, who had been able to keep her powers (magic in nature, not metagene). The pair got back to headquarters.
Their final plan: turn Sasha on long enough for Thinker (their AI construct) to get in and get the launch codes for the OMACs. They would then loose their "code zoo" with this code, hoping the OMACs would fight against the Anti-life.


Final Crisis: Rage of the Red Lanterns

Cover Date: December 2008
Subtitle: Blood Feud
Writer(s): Geoff Johns
Artists(s): Shane Davis, Sandra Hope
Storyline: [takes place between Final Crisis #1 and 2]
A red power ring and battery formed and was placed in the possession of Atrocitus, the creature Abin Sur was following on his last mission. The ring replaced his heart and his blood spewed from his mouth.
Hal Jordan spent some time with his brother and Cowgirl while Orion's death was being investigated. He got a call from John Stewart - the Guardians had given Sinestro the death sentence which would be carried out publicly on Korugar, where he first abused his power. Hal talked it over with Carol before leaving - he and Stewart were to be a part of Sinestro's escort.
The Sinestro Corps ambushed them on their way to Korugar. Both Corps were attacked by Red Lanterns. Hal was approached by a Blue Lantern, Saint Walker.


Final Crisis: Secret Files

Cover Date: February 2009
Subtitle: Balancing Act
Writer(s): Len Wein
Artists(s): Tony Shasteen
Storyline: [this takes place before and through Final Crisis #3]
Libra grew up Justin Ballantine. His mother died due to a drunk pharmacist's miscalculation. His father became an abusive drunk who died trying to hit his son. Ballantine, obsessed with the stars, went to Opal University to study under Ted Knight, former Starman.
After completing his degree, he broke into Knight's office and copied his files on the cosmic rod. Using this knowledge and his own, he created a machine that would give him half the power of anything. An man approached him and offered him a satellite and all the facilities he needed. Libra was quick to sign on.
From his satellite, he used a teleporter to create an Injustice Gang. When they were in trouble, they could press a button and be teleported back. Libra also gained half the power of whomever they were fighting.
The JLA was captured and he was ready to use his device on the stars as he'd already gained half the league's power. The power was too much for him and his body overloaded. He drifted into space with no body.
Some time later, he washed ashore in a distant land and was greeted by Metron and Desaad, New Gods. He was taken before Darkseid and was told he was his initial benefactor - Darkseid needed a way to reach Earth without the use of a Boom-Tube. He swore allegiance to the god and was given a new costume and purpose.


Final Crisis: Superman Beyond 3D 2

Cover Date: March 2009
Subtitle: --
Writer(s): Grant Morrison
Artists(s): Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy, Tom Nguyen, Drew Geraci, Derek Fridolfs
Storyline: [this takes place directly after FC: Superman Beyond #1, after Final Crisis #3]
The people of Limbo prepared for battle against the huge machines descending upon them. Zillo Valla realized the "germs" were interesting creatures after hearing what young Billy had to say. She gave him back his word.
Captain Marvel once again had to step between Superman and Ultraman, as the latter was attempting to take their ship for his own purposes.
Superman donned robot armor to battle Mandrakk. Mandrakk ended up killing Zillo Valla, the woman who once loved who he'd been - the Monitor Dax Novu. After he was defeated, the supermen were returned to their own earths. A monitor turned Ultraman into a vampire superman.
Superman caried some of the bleed in his mouth - Lois was restored when he kissed her. Bleed is both the master cure and the master destroyer.


notes

  • The main series can be found here.
  • The issues above are ordered by publish date only. I've attempted to note where they are to be read with the descriptions.
  • Parts of the Sketchbook were featured in the collected edition as bonus features.
  • Both issues of Superman Beyond, along with Submit are included in the collected edition, though Superman Beyond's 3D element was removed.
  • A second collected edition, "Final Crisis Companion," is planned. It will contain: Director's Cut, Requiem, Resist, Secret Files. Each of the other minis (Revelations, Rogues' Revenge, and Legion of Three Worlds will get their own collected editions)
  • Timing is a bit off on this issue. Perhaps it takes place over multiple times: At the time it was published, Batman should already be captured or dead. Black Lightning has yet to make contact with his daughters and the League. Donna Troy and Wonder Woman have yet to be infected with Anti-Life.
  • Resist takes place before Oracle brings the Unternet online.
  • Rage of the Red Lanterns is only related to FC in that the death of Orion is being investigated by the Alpha Lanterns.
  • Secret Files tells Libra's origin through the point where he gives the Human Flame a Justifier helmet in FC3. It also contains a page from the Crime Bible, a write-up on the Anti-Life Equation, and some additional sketches not included in the Sketchbook.