History Comicbook / CountdownToFinalCrisis

13th Jul '17 4:10:16 AM NightShade96
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** However, Superman-Prime annihilating Earth-15 is still canon, according to ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'', and the [=JLAxis=] of Earth-10, who are recruited by Monarch appear in a dream-sequence.

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** However, Superman-Prime Superboy-Prime annihilating Earth-15 is still canon, according to ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'', and the [=JLAxis=] of Earth-10, who are recruited by Monarch appear in a dream-sequence.



* IllKillYou: Famously used (poorly) by Superman-Prime: "I'll kill you! '''[[{{Narm}} I'll kill you]] [[ShapedLikeItself to death!]]'''"

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* IllKillYou: Famously used (poorly) by Superman-Prime: Superboy-Prime: "I'll kill you! '''[[{{Narm}} I'll kill you]] [[ShapedLikeItself to death!]]'''"
27th Apr '17 3:05:13 PM FuzzyBarbarian
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* [[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.]]

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* [[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.]]
cure.
12th Apr '17 5:36:36 PM DarkLordJadow
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* ExecutiveMeddling: The ''entire premise of the series''. Dan Didio absolutely hated ''52'' because DC's editors had little to no say in how the series unfolded. ''Countdown'' was conceived as "''52'' done right" by Didio as a weekly series where DC's editors had ultimate control over the story.
12th Apr '17 5:35:51 PM DarkLordJadow
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* ExecutiveMeddling: The ''entire premise of the series''. Dan Didio absolutely hated ''52'' because DC's editors had little to no say in how the series unfolded. ''Countdown'' was conceived as "''52'' done right" by Didio as a weekly series where DC's editors had ultimate control over the story.
27th Mar '17 2:52:18 AM rafi
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** Terminator - Sarah Connor
** [[http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/6590/gurrenlanternlu8.jpg Gurren Lagann.]]

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** [[http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/6590/gurrenlanternlu8.jpg Kyle Rayner constructs [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Gurren Lagann.]]Lagann]] with his power ring.
26th Mar '17 6:30:13 PM MCanter89
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* SuperHeroOrigin[=/=]StartOfDarkness: Issues #6, #11, #13–25, and #27–37 feature origin stories of various heroes and villains as a backup feature. Issue #28 is notable in featuring ''two'' (one each for the Trickster and the Pied Piper).
* SwarmOfRats: Una is eaten alive by a swarm of mutated rats, and shows her {{Determinator}} street cred by continuing to fight them long enough to pass on her flight ring to another character, who escapes.

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* SuperHeroOrigin[=/=]StartOfDarkness: Issues #6, #37–27, #25–13, #11, #13–25, and #27–37 #6 feature origin stories of various heroes and villains as a backup feature. Issue #28 is notable in featuring ''two'' (one each for the Trickster and the Pied Piper).
* SwarmOfRats: Una is eaten alive by a swarm of mutated rats, and shows her {{Determinator}} street cred by continuing to fight them long enough to pass on her flight ring to another character, who escapes.
3rd Mar '17 2:02:34 PM MCanter89
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->''"Don't worry about Countdown - focus elsewhere."''

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->''"Don't ->"''Don't worry about Countdown - focus elsewhere."''''"



''Countdown to Final Crisis'' (2007-2008) is perhaps one of the most baffling things to come out of Creator/DCComics. It was a 51-issue weekly series, written primarily by head writer Creator/PaulDini and a rotating roster of writers consisting of Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Tony Bedard, Adam Beechen and Sean [=McIver=], 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]]. But someone has to try:

{{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:

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''Countdown to Final Crisis'' (2007-2008) (2007–2008) is perhaps one of the most baffling things to come out of Creator/DCComics. It was a 51-issue weekly series, written primarily by head writer Creator/PaulDini and a rotating roster of writers consisting of Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Tony Bedard, Adam Beechen Beechen, and Sean [=McIver=], 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]]. But someone has to try:

{{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 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: threads:



* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen ends up [[SuperpowerSillyPutty developing superpowers]] and tries to become a superhero -- or at least find out why he has them. [[WeirdnessMagnet In typical Jimmy Olsen fashion]], he soon gets sucked into an investigation into the death of the ComicBook/NewGods, winds up toe-to-toe with Darkseid, and [[CoitusEnsues has sex with a bug girl.]]
* [[ComicBook/TheFlash The Trickster and Pied Piper]] go undercover to gather info on the other Rogues, and get framed for murder. They wind up in a ChainedHeat situation and go on the run from both the heroes and villains.

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* ComicBook/JimmyOlsen ends up [[SuperpowerSillyPutty developing superpowers]] and tries to become a superhero -- or superhero--or at least find out why he has them. [[WeirdnessMagnet In typical Jimmy Olsen fashion]], he soon gets sucked into an investigation into the death of the ComicBook/NewGods, winds up toe-to-toe with Darkseid, and [[CoitusEnsues has sex with a bug girl.]]
girl]].
* [[ComicBook/TheFlash The Trickster and Pied Piper]] go undercover to gather info on the other Rogues, Rogues and get framed for murder. They wind up in a ChainedHeat situation and go on the run from both the heroes and villains.



* [[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]].

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* [[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]].
die.]]



The series came under pretty strong fire, from the near ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice''-levels of excessive death and gore to the FourLinesAllWaiting structure of the issues to the meandering and unsatisfying plot. A common complaint was that the comics did not make sense, with multiple plot threads leading more-or-less nowhere, and there was much objection to the portrayal of many of the characters.

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The series came under pretty strong fire, from the near ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice''-levels near–''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueCryForJustice'' levels of excessive death and gore to the FourLinesAllWaiting structure of the issues to the meandering and unsatisfying plot. A common complaint was that the comics did not make sense, with multiple plot threads leading more-or-less nowhere, and there was much objection to the portrayal of many of the characters.



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

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



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Many characters. [[spoiler: Duela Dent, The Jokester, Triplicate Girl, Trickster, Karate Kid, the version of Batman who might have redeemed Jason Todd and three alternate-universe Earths]].
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Mary Marvel.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Superman-Prime becomes one of these during the miniseries. Having been displaced from his own universe, he tries to find his way back - repeatedly flying into a rage at the inferior copies of Earth he finds in the alternate universes and destroying them.

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Many characters. [[spoiler: Duela [[spoiler:Duela Dent, The Jokester, Triplicate Girl, Trickster, Karate Kid, the version of Batman who might have redeemed Jason Todd and three alternate-universe Earths]].
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Mary Marvel.
Marvel.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Superman-Prime becomes one of these during the miniseries. Having been displaced from his own universe, he tries to find his way back - repeatedly back--repeatedly flying into a rage at the inferior copies of Earth he finds in the alternate universes and destroying them.



* IdiotBall: Passed about like a hot potato. Mary Marvel pulls off a FaceHeelTurn twice; Monitors Bob and Solomon's [[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.''

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* IdiotBall: Passed about like a hot potato. Mary Marvel pulls off a FaceHeelTurn twice; Monitors Bob and Solomon's [[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.''''them''.



* {{Never Trust a Trailer}}: DC promoted the series with the hint that [[TonightSomeoneDies Jimmy Olsen was going to be killed off by The Joker]] early on. They handed out buttons at conventions reading "Jimmy Olsen must die!" and even did a cover for Wizard showing Superman mourning a dead Jimmy, complete with grisly Joker Venom smile. ''Countdown'' #51 has The Joker holding Jimmy's press pass on the cover. And in that issue, Jimmy... interviews the Joker for a news story, and nothing much else happens.

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* {{Never Trust a Trailer}}: NeverTrustATrailer: DC promoted the series with the hint that [[TonightSomeoneDies Jimmy Olsen was going to be killed off by The Joker]] early on. They handed out buttons at conventions reading "Jimmy Olsen must die!" and even did a cover for Wizard showing Superman mourning a dead Jimmy, complete with grisly Joker Venom smile. ''Countdown'' #51 has The Joker holding Jimmy's press pass on the cover. And in that issue, Jimmy... interviews the Joker for a news story, and nothing much else happens.



* SuperHeroOrigin[=/=]StartOfDarkness: Issues #37-27, #25-13, #11, and #6 feature origin stories of various heroes and villains as a backup feature. Issue #28 is notable in featuring ''two'' (one each for the Trickster and the Pied Piper).

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* SuperHeroOrigin[=/=]StartOfDarkness: Issues #37-27, #25-13, #6, #11, #13–25, and #6 #27–37 feature origin stories of various heroes and villains as a backup feature. Issue #28 is notable in featuring ''two'' (one each for the Trickster and the Pied Piper).



* WolverinePublicity: In ''Countdown Arena'', the winner of the battle between the three Green Lanterns was an AlternateUniverse Bruce Wayne, meaning that the best Green Lantern is... Batman. Particularly galling since the other two [=GLs=] (a Hal Jordan from a Creator/FawcettComics-style universe and a new GL from the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' timeframe) were a lot more interesting.

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* WolverinePublicity: In ''Countdown Arena'', the winner of the battle between the three Green Lanterns was an AlternateUniverse Bruce Wayne, meaning that the best Green Lantern is... Batman. Particularly galling since the other two [=GLs=] (a Hal Jordan from a Creator/FawcettComics-style Creator/FawcettComics–style universe and a new GL from the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' timeframe) were a lot more interesting.
27th Feb '17 8:31:40 AM DLMaximum1
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* IdiotBall: Passed about like a hot potato. Mary Marvel pulls off a FaceHeelTurn twice; Monitors Bob and Solomon's [[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.''

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* IdiotBall: Passed about like a hot potato. Mary Marvel pulls off a FaceHeelTurn twice; Monitors Bob and Solomon's [[ThePlan plan]]; and Renee Montoya's decision to release Trickster and Pied Piper, 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.''
27th Feb '17 8:27:42 AM DLMaximum1
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* ComicBook/SuperboyPrime and [[ComicBook/CaptainAtom 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.

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* ComicBook/SuperboyPrime [[ComicBook/SuperboyPrime Superman-Prime]] and [[ComicBook/CaptainAtom 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.



* AGodAmI: ComicBook/SuperboyPrime. Not necessarily a ''mature'' god, but still...

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* AGodAmI: ComicBook/SuperboyPrime.[[ComicBook/SuperboyPrime Superman-Prime]]. Not necessarily a ''mature'' god, but still...



* AxCrazy: Superboy Prime.
* BigDamnHeroes: Jimmy Olsen gave us a rather impressive variant; When Ray Palmer crawls into his brain to give Jimmy control over his superpowers, allowing Jimmy to transform and rescue Superman, who had been exposed to a healthy dose of Kryptonite Jimmy by Darkseid.
* CanonDiscontinuity: A good portion of the whole mess was rendered 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''.
** However, Superboy-Prime annihilating Earth-15 is still canon, according to ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'', and the [=JLAxis=] of Earth-10, who are recruited by Monarch appear in a dream-sequence.

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* AxCrazy: Superboy Prime.
Superman-Prime.
* BigDamnHeroes: Jimmy Olsen gave us a rather impressive variant; When when Ray Palmer crawls into his brain to give Jimmy control over his superpowers, allowing Jimmy to transform and rescue Superman, who had been exposed to a healthy dose of Kryptonite Jimmy by Darkseid.
* CanonDiscontinuity: A good portion of the whole mess was rendered non-canon within weeks of it's its 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''.
** However, Superboy-Prime Superman-Prime annihilating Earth-15 is still canon, according to ''ComicBook/TheMultiversity'', and the [=JLAxis=] of Earth-10, who are recruited by Monarch appear in a dream-sequence.



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Superboy Prime kidnaps Mister Mxyzptlk, imprisons him into the Source Wall, and tortured him into recreating Earth-Prime.

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Superboy Prime kidnaps Superman-Prime kidnapped Mister Mxyzptlk, imprisons him into in the Source Wall, and tortured him into recreating Earth-Prime.



* EarthShatteringKaboom: Superboy-Prime becomes one of these during the miniseries. Having been displaced from his own universe, he tries to find his way back - repeatedly flying into a rage at the inferior copies of Earth he finds in the alternate universes and destroying them.

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* EarthShatteringKaboom: Superboy-Prime Superman-Prime becomes one of these during the miniseries. Having been displaced from his own universe, he tries to find his way back - repeatedly flying into a rage at the inferior copies of Earth he finds in the alternate universes and destroying them.



* IdiotBall: Passed about like a hot potato. Mary Marvel pulls off a FaceHeelTurn twice; Monitors Bob and Solomon's [[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.''
* IllKillYou: Famously used (poorly) by Superboy Prime: "I'll kill you! '''[[{{Narm}} I'll kill you]] [[ShapedLikeItself to death!]]'''"

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* IdiotBall: Passed about like a hot potato. Mary Marvel pulls off a FaceHeelTurn twice; Monitors Bob and Solomon's [[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, walk ("The puppets convinced me.") "), and the future humans keeping an ill Karate Kid in the past where he won't infect ''them.''
* IllKillYou: Famously used (poorly) by Superboy Prime: Superman-Prime: "I'll kill you! '''[[{{Narm}} I'll kill you]] [[ShapedLikeItself to death!]]'''"



* PantyShot: Mary is subject to ''several'' particularly blatant ones through the series. Keep in mind she's supposed to be 16.

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* PantyShot: Mary is subject to ''several'' particularly blatant ones through the series. Keep in mind -- she's supposed to be 16.



* WolverinePublicity: In ''Countdown Arena'', the winner of the battle between the three Green Lanterns was an AlternateUniverse Bruce Wayne, meaning that the best Green Lantern is...Batman. Particularly galling since the other two [=GLs=] (a Hal Jordan from a Creator/FawcettComics-style universe and a new GL from the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' timeframe) were a lot more interesting.

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* WolverinePublicity: In ''Countdown Arena'', the winner of the battle between the three Green Lanterns was an AlternateUniverse Bruce Wayne, meaning that the best Green Lantern is... Batman. Particularly galling since the other two [=GLs=] (a Hal Jordan from a Creator/FawcettComics-style universe and a new GL from the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' timeframe) were a lot more interesting.
24th Feb '17 5:14:11 PM najhoant
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''Countdown to Final Crisis'' (2007-2008) is perhaps one of the most baffling things to come out of Creator/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]]. But someone has to try:

to:

''Countdown to Final Crisis'' (2007-2008) is perhaps one of the most baffling things to come out of Creator/DCComics. It was a 51-issue weekly series series, written primarily by head writer Creator/PaulDini and a rotating roster of writers consisting of Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Tony Bedard, Adam Beechen and Sean [=McIver=], 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]]. But someone has to try:
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http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Comicbook.CountdownToFinalCrisis