I bought Countdown for a few weeks, owing to the fact that I had completely missed the boat on 52, and thus find myself the nitwit reading it in trades. I just saw no direction in the series, though, and what I saw just didn't inspire confidence. Or, and this is key, interest. Plus, I'm not so into all of DC's regular titles that it made a lick of sense to me.
My biggest problem is that it felt like nothing was happening in Countdown. Countdown so far has felt like they made a series out of "Brave New World"--"here are some snippets of things that are happening in other books, check them out!" The stories that are mostly contained in Countdown feel like they're marking time until the miniseries start. And while I might pick up Countdown to Adventure and the Search for Ray Palmer, because I think things might actually happen in those books, I'm done with the Countdown clip show spectacular.
The difficulty for me is in finding a character to care about. Jason Todd? The Piper? Forerunner? Black Mary? Fake Olsen? It just doesn't do it for me. At least with 52, you had a mix of favorites in there, like Montoya, the Question, Steel and Black Adam. I don't know, maybe I'm being too hard in this regard."Greatest hits" is a good way to put it. The stories should interweave, not end abruptly. Too often the scenes end with some ridiculous dialogue cliffhanger that I will NEVER be able to remember the following week. It's like reading manga: short plot burts that don't make sense unless you read them in groups of five or ten.
I'm enjoying Countdown, but I do have one major problem with it.Does anyone but me remember when they announced Countdown and they specifically stated that it would tell stories involving the other titles but Countdown wouldn't spill over into the other books.What the heck happened to that?Because I like Countdown okay, but it's starting to tick me off that it's influencing half the other comics I buy.
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