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Sep 7

Downcounting – A Guide for the Perplexed: #35 & #34 DOUBLESHOT

Posted by Chris Eckert

SPECIAL DOWNCOUNTING NOTE OF APOLOGY: Time waits for no man — and Countdown is certainly a relentless juggernaut, not unlike Time. In the past week I’ve moved and had my desktop computer die in transit. On top of traditional Labor Day festivities, this has made for an unconscionably late Downcounting. For reasons I do not […]

Aug 26

Downcounting – A Guide for the Perplexed: Countdown #36, “Magical Mystery Tour”

Posted by Chris Eckert

Forty years ago, the Beatles released a series of products called “Magical Mystery Tour”. Drunk on the success of the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts’ Club Band album, Paul McCartney wanted to do another concept album, this time incorporating other media, such as a film. The film would have no set script, and would be their […]

Aug 18

Downcounting – A Guide for the Perplexed: Countdown #37, “Forbidden Fruit”

Posted by Chris Eckert

There are a lot of numbercrunching things to talk about, and a lot of things to talk about regarding Dan Didio’s latest interview — but this is already late thanks to a delay in getting to the comic shop, and it seems like people are actually reading this (instead of Countdown I hope!), which is […]

Aug 9

Downcounting – A Guide for the Perplexed: Countdown #38, “All Hell!”

Posted by Chris Eckert

Before we kick off this week’s Downcounting, I want to make a few things clear about why I am doing this. I know I say a lot of mean things, but I bear no ill will towards anyone involved with the production of Countdown. Comic nerds can be a vitriolic lot, and I know people […]

Aug 4

Downcounting – A Guide for the Perplexed: Countdown #39, “Do Not Pass Go”

Posted by Chris Eckert

I now have no doubt in my mind that whoever is titling Countdown issues is the most brilliant creative mind involved with the series. “Do Not Pass Go” is, of course, a phrase from the Monopoly board game, used in reference to being sent to jail and missing out on all the fun. Much like […]

Aug 2

Downcounting – A Guide for the Perplexed: Countdown #40, “Small Wonders”

Posted by Chris Eckert

Sorry for the delays here on Downcounting; I had a busy week, and was holding off on writing this in case some big news came out at the Comicon. As it turns out, they announced nothing of note besides a decidedly anti-climactic announcement that Countdown is counting down to the Final Crisis (PROMISE!) and will […]

Jul 19

Downcounting – A Guide for the Perplexed – Countdown #41: Another Fine Mess

Posted by Chris Eckert

Amongst all the staggeringly bad reviews of DC’s Countdown series, perhaps the most damning one is the fact that Andrew Hickey’s Countdown Blog is no longer about Countdown, because he couldn’t bear the thought of thinking about the book for another 41 weeks. While that’s a highly understandable sentiment, Hickey’s weak constitution may lead many […]