Countdown - #50
Synopsis: Jimmy Olson is in New York while Superman is talking to him via his signal watch. Superman directs him to a warehouse where Jason Todd is fighting Ninjas. >.>;;
Jimmy talks to Jason about the death of Duela but Jason doesn't tell him much except to talk to the Joker. >.>;;
Mary Marvel is at Madame Xanadu's looking for answers to where Freddy Freeman is, but gets none. :o Xanadu tells her that her destiny is unclear but that it's made up of dark and light. :o Before Mary leaves, she's told that if she's lost in the wilderness she should find a guide.
We get a 4 page recap of the Batman/Karate Kid fight from JLA >.>;;
The Rogues are in a rotting apartment snorting coke with hookers o_O;;; Mirror Master shows up and snorts some coke too >.>;;; Then he accuses Trickster and Piper of being traitors. Piper doesn't like this and they fight a little before Trickster breaks it up. :o Heat Wave says that they dun trust Piper and Trickster and that's why they're going to be tested.
In Arkham, Jimmy talks to Joker who says random things to confuse him, but then says that Jimmy can't see the BIG PICTURE. :o Joker says that something's not quite right with the world but nobody can see it. He finishes by saying he never had a daughter o_o;;
Jimmy leaves assuming Joker is just babbling while Killer Croc is being lead past him. Croc breaks free and attacks Jimmy who is unaware of what's going on behind him and is calling Lois on his cell phone O_O;;
Review: >.>;; I have a few questions now. :\
Does everybody know that Jason Todd was Robin and that's he's the Red Hood? Cuz it seems like a lot of ppl do, and if that's true, how haven't they linked him to Bruce Wayne and Batman then!? :O
And how does Jimmy Olson know that the first Robin was Dick Grayson? How can you NOT know who Batman is if you have those 2 pieces of information!? :\ I rly dun like how currently, it seems that Batman's identity is known to lots and lots of ppl but Superman's is a super sekrit. :(
And it's very irresponsible for Superman to be able to find Jason Todd (who is both a criminal and a murderer) and NOT apprehend him. Or tell Batman or the police. Instead he just floats in space and tells Jimmy where to go. >.<;;
Jason is fighting ppl and presumably he might have killed several of them (tho he didn't, I think). If Superman is watching and not stopping him, that's... against how Superman would normally act! For that matter, why are the heroes apparently treating Jason like he's an okay guy now? He's KILLING people. Not just in self defence either. Like WW3 clearly showed him killing some thieves and taking their money for himself. He's a murderer AND a thief! And that's okay for the heroes? :\ They seem to have such a big problem with some heroes killing but not others o_o;;
I find this very annoying :(
Did Madame Xanadu rly have to refer to Freddy Freeman as a "cripple"? It was unnecessary to what she was saying and was a bit jarring to me. :\ My best friend is in a wheelchair and can't walk, so maybe I'm a little sensitive to it b/c he's faced a lot of harrassment and just general insensitivity by ppl who dismiss him as a "cripple". :\ Or bring it up even when it's not important.
Villains snorting coke! I was very surprised to see this :( I understand that they're villains, but I seeing them actually taking drugs like that >.>;; Comics certainly aren't for kids now! XDDD
The problem I have with Countdown right now is how inaccessible it is. There's no introduction to the characters, or slow build to tell us who they are and why we should care (like 52). Instead it's just like "here are Flash's villains, now care about them". I dun even KNOW who Heat Wave is! I'm just like o_O;; Esp when they talk about stuff related to the past, I have no idea what they're talking about :\
I dunno why we needed 4 pages of JLA in the book :| Is Countdown going to force us to read other books to know what's going on now? I think the one thing I rly liked about 52 is how you could read it on it's own and not rly care about the rest of the DCU. This made it very easy to recommend and also to read :) You enjoyed it on it's own merits. But Countdown seems to require us to have extensive knowledge of the DCU and its current plotlines. :(
Jimmy can't hear Killer Croc roar from behind him and attack him? XD
The Joker apparently knows about the Multiverse o_o;;;
I think Countdown would have been more fun as the "next big weekly event" if they did something neat like tell the story backwards (since it's counting down from 51 to 0) :D And the first issue was actually the last issue. :3
That would be cute XD And neat!
I think I might be suffering from "event fatigue" like a lot of other readers are :\ We just finished Infinite Crisis last year and 52 a few weeks ago, and started Amazons Attack. Do we rly need Countdown and it's billions of tie-ins too? :(
52 cost $130 in it's full run. Countdown is gonna cost that PLUS 26 dollars more (since it's half a dollar more expensive). :(
At LEAST DC could keep it at the discount 52 price.
But that's the thing. Countdown seems to exist simply b/c 52 was such a success. It's not here cuz it was a natural progression of a storyline or nething. It's just "52 worked, let's do it again, even tho we dun have a story planned for it". :(
I'm gonna give it a few more issues to prove itself :D But right now I'm a little dissapointed :(
Angelwings Rating: 1.5 out of 5 Jimmy Olsons
Recommendation: I rly dunno if it's worth it yet :\