I have bad news but…Posted: May 9, 2007
…Countdown (#51) is a bad comic. I have to be brief because time is not my ally on this one, but I wanted to say something about the weekly book that we are doomed to discuss for the rest of the year. This book’s lack of quality begins with the cover, which is just ugly and rushed (example: what’s up with Big Barda?). It’s just bad art.
See last week, I read this comic called Teen Something-or-other and in it The Joker’s Daughter was sort of a hero (kinda). But here she’s dropping pop-stars to their deaths. Not sure what happened there. I guess since she’s from an alternate earth now or something.
And when the hell was Jason Todd a hero?
Plus, you know, what exactly happened to not abusing the new (everything old is new again) ‘multiverse’ concept? I would consider straight away building your next major crossover book around the concept abusing it. But I’m just fucked up like that.
Billy Bastion just ditched his sister in the hospital with no so much as a get-well card? That, my friends, is fucked up. I long ago tired of bitching about the cluster-fuck that is the Shazam! property in the mainstream DC universe, so I’ll leave it at that.
Okay, well, maybe I’ll add that, I’d put money on Mary Marvel becoming some grossly sexualized DC version of Penance by the end of this. I mean that in all seriousness. I expect this “hero’s journey” will mostly just involved heaping (sexualized?) abuse on this character for the next 51 weeks. Doubters, I will see you here in a year for you all to pay up. I accept traveler’s checks and Visa.
This issue is filled with so, so, so many overwrought and horrible puns (and pseduo that at one point it was painful for me to read the dialouge. “I’m in the wind”? ACK.
Being that we are all going to have to live with this book for next year, this was certainly a horrid way to start.