Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Gary Frank
Dr. Manhattan makes a discovery about Superman that will change everything he believes about humanity and his own end.
Manhattan and Superman stand face to face as the rest of the world goes to hell around them. With the governments of the world sending their enhanced beings to take down the man of steel, Manhattan watches as Superman fights for his life and waits for the hero to finally kill him.
At the same time, Batman needs to convince the new Rorschach that the truth of who the man he emulates is doesn’t have to be the legacy that he leaves. As the world continues to burst at the seams and Manhattan continues to bait Superman to attack him, Lex Luthor and Ozymandias enact their plans to save both their perspective worlds.
In the course of the battle, Manhattan comes to the ultimate realization about the importance of Superman to the multiverse and finally decides to act in a matter that will change the man of steel’s world again.
Johns takes the reader on a journey through the history of the DC universe and its connections to Superman in this finale and that journey not only reminds us of the importance of the man of steel, but it effectively changes and inspires Manhattan as well. Johns does a great job of bringing the audience into the story through the characters, especially Manhattan. The dialogue from all the characters is fantastic and the plot wraps up events in a satisfactory way and lays the groundwork for a new story to come with the unexpected and surprising ending.
Gary Frank’s art is beautiful. Frank manages to keep the reader’s focus on the characters while also delivering blisteringly detailed action scenes. There is some beautiful brutality to the visuals in this issue and those are tempered with scenes of detailed beauty. A great looking issue from start to finish.