Countdown Prologue

(281 votes, average 4.90 out of 5)
Comments (249)
  • PIEGUYRULZ
    Amazing job once again Linkara

    ps this is why I only buy Marvel :P
  • lonewolf23k
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    Right, because Marvel [b]hasn't[/b] done it's fair share of continuity screwing, character ruining, pointless character deaths and turning otherwise good titles to crap by forcing them to tie into Multi-Issue Events. Civil War, Secret Invasion and Dark Reign mean anything?
  • XMenFan123  - Continuity Screw-Ups in Marvel
    Honestly, the biggest offenders are the X-Men! There are so FREAKIN MANY and sometimes it's like they don't EVEN know each other except the default ones.
  • thelastlife0726  - Who knew mathmatics would bring the end of the wor
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    Not mathmatics, dear Linkara...
    with SCIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Redblackdragon
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    You can't claim any company is the best based on the argument "Well THIS company doesn't do anything monumentally stupid".". Comic companies have a history with this sort of thing. Best to just ignore them or possibly laugh at them.
  • ralasinchains  - Cant wait to watch
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    Oh boy here we go
  • Auggie
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    You know, I haven't heard anything about Countdown until now. I'm honestly curious why everyone's so negative about it...
  • BlueKnight
    because it destroyed the integrity of my favorite comic company. I've never read it; it was actually Link here that I first learned about it from. I'm sure as hell not wasting money on it. I'll stick to the good DC titles like New Frontier and 52
  • Pay-Ten
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    uh oh. this comic has an infamous title...so this should be fun ;)

    PS: Harley Quin fantasies,huh?
  • iamnotincompliance
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    There's absolutely nothing wrong with a good Harley Quinn fantasy.

    ...

    Perhaps I've said too much.

    Uh... looking forward to 52! That's... that's it. That's what I meant to say. No, that's still not it. 52's already out, I can't look forward to it, and why would I? Looking forward to 52 being destroyed! There! That's was it. That's what I was going for. Yes.
  • dotLEEZ
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    LOL Linkara in pain
  • Vfanatic  - Actually
    You kinda hit NJ on the Money there Linkara, I should know I live in NJ.
  • Strawberry  - Oh crap
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    My heart goes out to you man.
  • hYpErBoLe
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    OOOOOO snap.
  • Skitch  - Uh Oh...
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    It's time for Countdown! Should we dig a bunker to hide away from it? :(

    I really enjoy these prologue episodes, at any rate, as it really helps someone who's not an avid/frequent comic book reader...which describes me pretty well. :(
  • Ferix  - Linkara IS the man
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    YES! Finnaly your review of Countdown! HAHAHA! Awesome!!!

    Seriously you don't know how long i've been pumped for your thoughts on this. :lol:
  • YigSnakeDaddy
    We should do something!
    Yes, we should get out of this crappy comic series!
  • TheWrittenDemon
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    I'm gonna say this but The Monitor sounds like DC's take on Marvel's "The Watcher" and yet I doubt anyone bothered to cry "rip-off" like I've seen a lot of anime fans do.
  • queenanthai
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    And yet, all I can focus on was that the ending theme there had the same chord progression as "Rock You Like A Hurricane."

    I fixate on weird things.

    You poor, brave man. Having to try to explain Donna Troy. Do you need a hug?


    P.S. Hey, the Trickster/Piper Comedy Hour was the only thing keeping me buying the title for a while. Lay off. :P
  • THOOM
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    I think Identity Crisis was kind of brilliant. It was a dark, but fresh take on the DCU. Every issue I read, I was left wanting more and couldn't wait for the heroes to catch the murderer.

    'Identity Crisis' wasn't bad. And even if you found flaws with that story, Stevie Wonder could see that it was nowhere near as bad as Amazons Attacks or Countdown. Oh, I can't wait for you to review that. But in the mean time, I will settle in, and laugh while you clown Countdown in the coming weeks.

    Oh and, leave 'One More Day' alooooone! This review is supposed to be about DC's incompetent editorial staff, not my beloved Marvel's incompetent editorial staff! LOL (I kid, I kid)
  • Mel Rains
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    Oh man, Countdown. This'll get messy.
  • ephraim
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    "Who is Donna Troy?"
    Who cares?
  • DanManX
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    I like this just cause it proves that, while Quesada is certainly rather stupid, Didio isn't better.

    The whole explanation also reminded me why I don't read DC. I don't hate all the characters...but even I, who can absorb information like a sponge, can't keep up with THEIR continuity quirks. Marvel's odd, don't get me wrong. But oy, DC...

    Anyway, another good review, Linkara. Instead of a training montage, do a "Countdown to Countdown" thing on your blogspot, with pictures of you grappling with the various characters or something. That would be sweet.
  • cwood815
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    The greatest trick DC Comics ever pulled was convincing the world that Donna Troy didn't exist. :evil:
  • NowCompleteWith  - yeah...
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    thanks for the suffering Lewis, and for picking a theme song that is stuck in my head. LINKARAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!
  • Deimos1984rd  - Countdown....(sigh) hoo boy
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    Cant wait to see this comic burn.
  • Cornwind Evilman  - ARGH. DIDIO AGAIN
    Oh god. No wonder 52 was great and Countdown wasn't. WILL SOMEONE FUCKING FIRE DIDIO ALREADY? PREFERABLY, OUT OF A CANNON! ARGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! !!!!!!!'

    As for Identity Crisis, here's an observation you yourself may have noticed Linkara. To a casual comic or new reader, Identity Crisis comes off as a good story. To a hardcore reader who knows the fictional DC world well, it comes off as a mess of plot holes and stupidity that you have to bend over backwards making handwaves and asspulls for to make even the remotest amount of sense.

    And someone fucking fire Didio. GOD I FUCKING HATE DIDIO.
  • Linkara
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    No, even objectively it's a bad story. The more you think about it, the worse it gets, especially when it comes to the "mystery."
  • Cornwind Evilman
    Precisely, the 'more you think about it'. A casual reader likely won't: they'll just accept it.

    But yeah. The 'mystery'. Which basically came off so bad because Meltzer tried to adapt a human concept (an unexpected murder) to a superhuman world, and it just would not fit. He tried handwaving it at the beginning with all sorts of insane security and all that, but about halfway through he seemingly just gave up and wrote it with a "IT WORKS BECAUSE I SAY SO!" style. Really, can you imagine a proper mystery in a superhuman world? It would melt your brain. We have legitimate evil twins, people who can time travel back and dispose of evidence or throw bodies into the sun, or eat the bodies and assume the identity, or...

    Really Linkara, after this, I INSIST you review a good comic to relieve the pressure. Get some Astro City or something. Or Morrison's 90's JLA run (that was pretty good, wasn't it?).
  • Blackbird
    Well I can see we're gonna have another "agree to disagree" moment here cause I loved "Idenity Crisis" as a whole. Hell I read it last year at work in the summer when we're slow and I almost cried reading the part where Batman and Robin were racing to save Tim's father! And they didn't make it! That was hearbreaking!
  • Animikean
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    I think Didio's still there because he's the only one who knows where the last issue of Ambush Bug Year None is (and that series did a good job if poking fun at Identity Crisis)

    Just tell us where it is Didio, we won't hurt you THAT much!
  • YetAnotherGuyWithGlasses  - Is it time to
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    break out the Ultimate Truth Serum for use on Mr. Didio?
  • YetAnotherGuyWithGlasses  - Is there a
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    cannon big enough and powerful enough to fire him all the way to the sun?
  • edjr1980  - I'm so confused
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    What the hell is going on? There's Countdown, Infinite Crisis, and Countdown to Infinite Crisis??? The DC universe is way to complex for me. BTW, I still don't like the opening theme, the closing theme is a little bit better, but not by much.
  • J_Conrady
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    Very smart to give us a quick overview before diving in. This looks like it's a comic that's going to try and be too smart and complex and then fail miserably under its own pretentiousness. Let's get all the BS out of the way and now onward to...more BS.

    Looking forward. B)
  • SeiferA
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    God speed, Linkara. God speed.
  • bleedingrosedg
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    -patpat- there there, Linkara. Maybe you can use this as an excuse to have all of us owe you a favor? :D
  • BatOtaku13  - We should do Something!
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    Should we do something?
  • sneeson
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    Sheer brilliance. One question: Who is the other guy in Marobots picture?
  • Alabaster the Conspiracy guy
    That would be me, as I drew the picture :3

    my work is availbale to be seen here masterthecreater.devianta rt.com
  • Linkara  - re:
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    [quote=sneeson]Sheer brilliance. One question: Who is the other guy in Marobots picture?[/quote]
    That's Alabaster the Conspiracy Guy, the one who drew the picture, not Marobot. =P
  • AtmanRyu
    So the artist has a name! About time! *goes off to see*
  • The Scruffy Gentleman
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    The artist is me :3 feel free to check out my work

    www.Masterthecreater.devi antart.com
  • eXtreme
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    ahm even if its a spoiler ive got to say:
    Dude your Artwork for Countdown Part 1 looks great and very funny ^^
  • dontknowdontcare
    Oooh, I can't wait for this to kick off.

    You really know how to make a girl look forward to reviewing a piece of shit disguised as a comic Linkara.
  • jnywest
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    Linkara, you are always a class act!!
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