History Comicbook / CountdownToFinalCrisis

1st Feb '16 6:17:57 PM eroock
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->"Don't worry about Countdown - focus elsewhere." -->--'''[[Comicbook/FiftyTwo Rip Hunter's chalkboard]]'''
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->"Don't ->''"Don't worry about Countdown - focus elsewhere." -->--'''[[Comicbook/FiftyTwo "'' -->-- '''[[Comicbook/FiftyTwo Rip Hunter's chalkboard]]'''
25th Jan '16 10:35:12 AM AnotherGuy
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{{The multiverse}} has gone wonky. The [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Monitors]] have come back into existence with the return of the parallel universes, and they foresee a "Great Disaster" -- and one Monitor, consulting The Source, is told that Ray Palmer (currently in exile since the events of ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'') is the answer. From here, the script splits into a variety of plot threads:
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{{The multiverse}} has gone wonky. The [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Monitors]] have come back into existence with the return of the parallel universes, and they foresee a "Great Disaster" -- and one Monitor, consulting The Source, is told that Ray Palmer (currently in self-imposed exile since the events of ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis'') is the answer. From here, the script splits into a variety of plot threads:
2nd Jan '16 12:22:30 PM AnotherGuy
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--->'''Linkara:''' ''(as Superman)'' I ''do'' dare! And then I will [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous sit on your COUCH!]]
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--->'''Linkara:''' ''(as Superman)'' I ''do'' dare! dare, Darkseid, I do! And then after I beat you, I will dare to [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous sit on your COUCH!]]
2nd Jan '16 12:15:56 PM AnotherGuy
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* WeHardlyKnewYe: Jokester.

* WeHardlyKnewYe: Jokester.
2nd Jan '16 12:15:37 PM AnotherGuy
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* WeHardlyKnewYe: Jokester.
2nd Jan '16 12:14:32 PM AnotherGuy
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* WhoDares: Don't ever beat Ultraman in place of Super-Woman.
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* WhoDares: WhoDares: ** Don't ever beat Ultraman in place of Super-Woman.Super-Woman. ** Invoked by Darkseid. Lampshaded by ''WebOriginal/AtopTheFourthWall'': --->'''Linkara:''' ''(as Superman)'' I ''do'' dare! And then I will [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous sit on your COUCH!]]
26th Dec '15 1:26:01 PM WillyFourEyes
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''Countdown to Final Crisis'' (2007-2008) is perhaps one of the most baffling things to come out of DCComics. It was a 51-issue weekly series meant as the leadup to what would have been the biggest events in the DCU, but ultimately, it fell short, not bearing any connection to the ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' for which it was named. Trying to summarize it is a difficult task, as the plotline is essentially a very shaky patchwork of loosely connected plot threads. But someone has to try:
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''Countdown to Final Crisis'' (2007-2008) is perhaps one of the most baffling things to come out of DCComics. It was a 51-issue weekly series meant as the leadup to what would have been the biggest events in the DCU, but ultimately, it fell short, not bearing any connection to the ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'' for which it was named. Trying to summarize it is a difficult task, as the plotline is essentially [[RandomEventsPlot a very shaky patchwork of loosely connected plot threads.threads]]. But someone has to try:

* [[InfiniteCrisis Superboy-Prime]] and Monarch traipse through various universes (wreaking havoc on several alternate Earths) while Darkseid schemes to take over the main DC universe with the Anti-Life Equation. * [[{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]], seemingly abandoned by the power of Shazam, goes out searching for answers. She ends up stealing ComicBook/BlackAdam's power, turning evil not once, but twice.
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* [[InfiniteCrisis [[ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis Superboy-Prime]] and Monarch traipse through various universes (wreaking havoc on several alternate Earths) while Darkseid schemes to take over the main DC universe with the Anti-Life Equation. * [[{{Shazam}} [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Mary Marvel]], seemingly abandoned by the power of Shazam, goes out searching for answers. She ends up stealing ComicBook/BlackAdam's power, turning evil not once, but twice.

* [[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Karate Kid and Triplicate Girl]] end up stranded in the past because Karate Kid's infected with a strange virus; they try to find a cure [[spoiler:..unsuccessfully. Both of them die]]. The plot threads often overlapped as the result of the search for Ray Palmer, with heroes of one thread waylaid by villains of another, which resulted in a lot of multi-sided battles and several assassination attempts before Darkseid, The Monitors, Monarch, and Superman-Prime start slaughtering characters en masse. Multiple other plot points were also introduced, but these were resolved in other titles, as well as multiple spin-offs.
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* [[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} [[ComicBook/LegionOfSuperHeroes Karate Kid and Triplicate Girl]] end up stranded in the past because Karate Kid's infected with a strange virus; they try to find a cure [[spoiler:..unsuccessfully. Both of them die]]. The plot threads often overlapped as the result of the search for [[ComicBook/TheAtom Ray Palmer, Palmer]], with heroes of one thread waylaid by villains of another, which resulted in a lot of multi-sided battles and several assassination attempts before Darkseid, The Monitors, Monarch, and Superman-Prime start slaughtering characters en masse. Multiple other plot points were also introduced, but these were resolved in other titles, as well as multiple spin-offs.

* CanonDiscontinuity: A good portion of the whole mess was rendered noncanon within weeks of it's completion. Everything concerning Superman-Prime, for example, was tossed out of the window, with the character going from his role in the ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' directly into ''Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds''.
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* CanonDiscontinuity: A good portion of the whole mess was rendered noncanon non-canon within weeks of it's completion. Everything concerning Superman-Prime, for example, was tossed out of the window, with the character going from his role in the ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' directly into ''Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds''.

* DiscontinuityNod: GeoffJohns actually put "Don't worry about Countdown" on Rip Hunter's chalkboard in ''ComicBook/BoosterGold.''
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* DiscontinuityNod: GeoffJohns Creator/GeoffJohns actually put "Don't worry about Countdown" on Rip Hunter's chalkboard in ''ComicBook/BoosterGold.''

* FanDisservice: A huge-breasted ''bug lady'' aka Forerunner.
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* FanDisservice: A Forager, a huge-breasted ''bug lady'' aka Forerunner.lady''.

* FluffyTheTerrible: Bob the Monitor. * FourLinesAllWaiting: ''Countdown'' is an easy contender for having some of the most [[KudzuPlot convoluted]], [[RandomEventsPlot incomprehensible series of plot structures]] in comic book history, and a big factor in it is that there are way, '''way''' too many stories going on in it. There are at least '''seven''' main plots in the main comic alone, and they frequently intertwine with each other and have their own individual subplots as well. And ''[[SerialEscalation then]]'', you have several tie-in comics with their own plots that directly overlap or also intertwine with the main comic, including the ''Amazons Attack'' standalone story, tie-ins in other comic series such as ''Justice League of America'', ''The Flash'', ''Outsiders'', ''Birds of Prey'', ''Death of the New Gods'', ''Captain Carrot and his Zoo Crew'', and five more tie-ins directly tied to Countdown--''Countdown Arena'', ''Countdown to Adventure'', ''Countdown to Mystery'', ''Countdown Presents the Search for Ray Palmer'', and ''Countdown Presents Lord Havok and the Extremists''. Plus, the series broadly factors in events going on in the main series comics of the characters.
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* FluffyTheTerrible: Bob One of the Monitor. monitors is named "Bob". * FourLinesAllWaiting: ''Countdown'' is an easy contender for having some of the most [[KudzuPlot convoluted]], [[RandomEventsPlot incomprehensible series of plot structures]] in comic book history, and a big factor in it is that there are way, '''way''' too many stories going on in it. There are at least '''seven''' main plots in the main comic alone, and they frequently intertwine with each other and have their own individual subplots as well. And ''[[SerialEscalation then]]'', you have several tie-in comics with their own plots that directly overlap or also intertwine with the main comic, including the ''Amazons Attack'' ''ComicBook/AmazonsAttack'' standalone story, tie-ins in other comic series such as ''Justice League of America'', ''The Flash'', ''Outsiders'', ''Birds of Prey'', ''Death of the New Gods'', ''Captain Carrot and his Zoo Crew'', and five more tie-ins directly tied to Countdown--''Countdown Arena'', ''Countdown to Adventure'', ''Countdown to Mystery'', ''Countdown Presents the Search for Ray Palmer'', and ''Countdown Presents Lord Havok and the Extremists''. Plus, the series broadly factors in events going on in the main series comics of the characters.

* GrievousHarmWithABody: Provides the current image on that page. * IdiotBall: Passed about like a hot potato. Mary Marvel pulls off a FaceHeelTurn twice; Monitors Bob and Solomon's ThePlan; and Renee Montoya's decision to release Trickster and Pied Piper, (both suspects in a murder investigation) upon Trickster's demonstration of their innocence (puppets were involved), even though [[spoiler: they both aided in the murder of Bart Allen]], The Question's reasoning for letting two potential criminals walk, ("The puppets convinced me.") and the future humans keeping an ill Karate Kid in the past where he won't infect ''them.''
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* GrievousHarmWithABody: Provides Mary Marvel smacking around Donna Troy using Kyle Rayner's body provides the current image on that page. * IdiotBall: Passed about like a hot potato. Mary Marvel pulls off a FaceHeelTurn twice; Monitors Bob and Solomon's ThePlan; [[ThePlan plan]]; and Renee Montoya's decision to release Trickster and Pied Piper, (both suspects in a murder investigation) upon Trickster's demonstration of their innocence (puppets were involved), even though [[spoiler: they both aided in the murder of Bart Allen]], The Question's reasoning for letting two potential criminals walk, ("The puppets convinced me.") and the future humans keeping an ill Karate Kid in the past where he won't infect ''them.''

* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In his introductory one-shot, Jokester bore an uncanny resemblance to JimCarrey.
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In his introductory one-shot, Jokester bore an uncanny resemblance to JimCarrey.Creator/JimCarrey.
26th Dec '15 1:07:18 AM jormis29
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* CanonDiscontinuity: A good portion of the whole mess was rendered noncanon within weeks of it's completion. Everything concerning Superman-Prime, for example, was tossed out of the window, with the character going from his role in the ''Sinestro Corps War'' directly into ''Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds''.
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* CanonDiscontinuity: A good portion of the whole mess was rendered noncanon within weeks of it's completion. Everything concerning Superman-Prime, for example, was tossed out of the window, with the character going from his role in the ''Sinestro Corps War'' ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' directly into ''Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds''.

* TookALevelInBadass: Piper (see MomentOfAwesome). Superboy-Prime, who was turned into Super''man''-Prime due to events of SinestroCorpsWar (keep in mind that he already [[UpToEleven was at Silver Age power level]]). Monarch who at the end of ''Countdown: Arena'' [[HumanResources took fifty one levels at once]].
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* TookALevelInBadass: Piper (see MomentOfAwesome). Superboy-Prime, who was turned into Super''man''-Prime due to events of SinestroCorpsWar ''ComicBook/SinestroCorpsWar'' (keep in mind that he already [[UpToEleven was at Silver Age power level]]). Monarch who at the end of ''Countdown: Arena'' [[HumanResources took fifty one levels at once]].
22nd Dec '15 8:25:25 PM Wookiee
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* The Monitors [[OmniscientCouncilOfBickering spend 26 issues arguing over what to do and whether they should intervene in the natural order of things]] to either help or stop Solomon, a Monitor who killed [[TheTitans Duela Dent]] and is attempting to purge the multiverse of lifeforms that migrated from alternate universes, claiming they are polluting the timelines.
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* The Monitors [[OmniscientCouncilOfBickering [[NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering spend 26 issues arguing over what to do and whether they should intervene in the natural order of things]] to either help or stop Solomon, a Monitor who killed [[TheTitans [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Duela Dent]] and is attempting to purge the multiverse of lifeforms that migrated from alternate universes, claiming they are polluting the timelines.
22nd Dec '15 8:23:11 PM Wookiee
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* The Monitors [[OmniscientCouncilOfBickering spend 26 issues arguing over what to do and whether they should intervene in the natural order of things]] to either help or stop Solomon, a Monitor who killed [[TheTitans Duela Dent]] and is attempting to purge the multiverse of lifeforms that migrated from alternate universes, claiming they are polluting the timelines. * [[InfiniteCrisis Superboy-Prime]] and Monarch traipse through various universes (wreaking havoc on several alternate Earths) while Darkseid schemes to take over the main DC universe with the Anti-Life Equation.

* [[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Karate Kid and Triplicate Girl]] end up stranded in the past because Karate Kid's infected with a strange virus; they try to find a cure.[[spoiler:..unsuccesfully. Both of them die]]. * The Monitors mull over whether or not they should intervene, before ultimately taking actions that are... morally questionable. The plot threads often overlapped as the result of the search for Ray Palmer, with heroes of one thread waylaid by villains of another, which resulted in a lot of multi-sided battles and several assassination attempts before Darkseid (who is shown playing with superhero action figures at points), The Monitors, Monarch, and Superman-Prime start slaughtering characters en masse. Multiple other plot points were also introduced, but these were resolved in other titles, as well as multiple spin-offs.
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* [[ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}} Karate Kid and Triplicate Girl]] end up stranded in the past because Karate Kid's infected with a strange virus; they try to find a cure.cure [[spoiler:..unsuccesfully. unsuccessfully. Both of them die]]. * The Monitors mull over whether or not they should intervene, before ultimately taking actions that are... morally questionable. die]]. The plot threads often overlapped as the result of the search for Ray Palmer, with heroes of one thread waylaid by villains of another, which resulted in a lot of multi-sided battles and several assassination attempts before Darkseid (who is shown playing with superhero action figures at points), Darkseid, The Monitors, Monarch, and Superman-Prime start slaughtering characters en masse. Multiple other plot points were also introduced, but these were resolved in other titles, as well as multiple spin-offs.

* RealitySubtext: The entire reason for Superboy-Prime's PlotRelevantAgeUp is that Superboy's trademark was in question, and DC could not use the name.
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