I've updated the FC chronology and the schedule to reflect current information. It's maybe worth noting that of the 14 comics with "Final Crisis" in the title (plus two relevant issues of BATMAN) solicited for release between Sep. 17 and the end of 2008, exactly one--REVELATIONS #3--actually hit its initially announced ship date.
Also, the contents of this issue aren't particularly close to what was solicited. For future reference: "Written by Grant Morrison and Peter J. Tomasi; Art by Frank Quitely and various; Covers by Frank Quitely and Jim Lee and Scott Williams -- Finally, the secrets of this year's most talked about event can be revealed! Witness how Darkseid's death shattered the Multiverse, creating continuity ripples throughout the DC Universe! Submit to Darkseid and read the full Anti-Life Equation! This is a book you cannot resist to buy!" ("Cannot resist to buy?")
Title ending in an exclamation point as the end of a line of dialogue? So EC Comics!
As far as I know, we haven't seen the name Justin Ballantine before. (Although this kind of puts paid to the "alien warlord" bit from JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #21.)
I haven't looked at my old STARMAN comics in a while, but have we ever actually seen Ted Knight teaching before? He was originally an unemployed playboy and later a more-or-less self-employed astronomer, right? And was it public knowledge that he had been Starman?
This is more or less a condensed version of JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA #111.
Desaad, created by Jack Kirby, first appeared in FOREVER PEOPLE #2.
"Good and faithful servant" is an allusion to Matthew 25:23.
I suppose action figures on scales are better than action figure chess.
This is laid out to look like the pages from the Crime Bible in 52 AFTERMATH: CRIME BIBLE: THE FIVE LESSONS OF BLOOD. Until the spear weeps, huh? I wonder if the Spear of Destiny might have something to do with Bulleteer-as-"the spear that never was thrown" from SEVEN SOLDIERS. (Probably not.)
I love explanations of "math" that make no distinction between an equation and a proof.
Sonny Sumo: see FOREVER PEOPLE #5. "Billion Dollar" Bates: see FOREVER PEOPLE #8.
The Anti-Life Equation in humanoid form: this was Jim Starlin and Mike Mignola's COSMIC ODYSSEY miniseries in 1988.
"'Death' of the New Gods": Starlin's miniseries of the same name.
The Shilo Norman business was the plot of SEVEN SOLDIERS: MISTER MIRACLE.
See you in mid-January for FC #6.