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Countdown to Final Crisis, Vol. 4

by Paul Dini

Other authors: Adam Beechen (Contributor), Keith Champagne (Illustrator), Tom Derenick (Illustrator), Wayne Faucher (Illustrator), Keith Giffen (Story Consultant)13 more, Justin Gray (Contributor), Jamal Igle (Illustrator), Scott Kolins (Illustrator), Carlos Magno (Illustrator), Sean McKeever (Contributor), Mark McKenna (Illustrator), Mike Norton (Illustrator), Jimmy Palmiotti (Contributor), Jimmy Palmiotti (Illustrator), Rodney Ramos (Illustrator), Jesus Saiz (Illustrator), Jim Starlin (Illustrator), Freddie Williams II (Illustrator)

Series: Countdown to Final Crisis (4)

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Do you remember when Earth-51 was destroyed in volume three of Countdown to Final Crisis? Well, apparently none of the writers or characters in volume four do, because here it's destroyed all over again! I think because the account of its destruction in volume three was inconsistent with that of its destruction in Final Crisis, they rolled the events back and did it all over again to make it match up with the account that was given in Final Crisis. Sloppy plotting at its finest!

Other things that don't matter:
  • Harley Quinn and Holly Robinson are given superpowers by the Amazonian gods. No one cares!
  • Mary Marvel is arbitrarily given her powers back. Then she loses them. Then she turns evil again. Then she's fine. What is the point of all this? I have absolutely no idea. This character has essentially been brainwashed off-and-on for 52 issues. What on Earth could even be interesting about that? We haven't learned a thing about Mary as a character. No one cares!
  • Various members of the Legion of Super-Heroes are killed off. No one cares!
  • The cover of issue #4 is a close-up on Mary Marvel's giant boobs. No one cares!
  • Darkseid and Orion have a final showdown. Again. No one cares!
  • The Challengers from Beyond (that utterly dull group of characters including Jason Todd, Donna Troy, and some others I don't even remember) tell the Monitors that they'll be monitoring them. You can expect this to literally never be followed up on despite the fact that it really ought to impact Final Crisis because... No one cares!
Really, the only joy you can take in Countdown to Final Crisis at this point is mocking it. It's astounding that talented people like Paul Dini, Keith Giffen, and Jim Starlin got together and produced 1,159 pages of sheer worthlessness. But at least it was always fast-paced, I guess?

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Dini, Paulprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Beechen, AdamContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Champagne, KeithIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Derenick, TomIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Faucher, WayneIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Giffen, KeithStory Consultantsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gray, JustinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Igle, JamalIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kolins, ScottIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Magno, CarlosIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKeever, SeanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKenna, MarkIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Norton, MikeIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Palmiotti, JimmyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Palmiotti, JimmyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ramos, RodneyIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Saiz, JesusIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Starlin, JimIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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