Countdown to Final Crisis #12- It was too much to ask. After the jump in quality, Countdown moves down a rear this week. But at least this time it’s understandable. In recent weeks the series has been a good read because the writers had jettisoned all the lousy, unappealing storylines and concentrated on the Challengers of the Beyond. This week is the set-up issue where all the various storylines start to converge. So we are back to the 2 page cameos this series is infamous for. However, this issue has devoted the bulk of its pages to the Holly Robinson/Mary Marvel story. Yes, the Holly and Harley's Amazon story is over! It ruins this issue frankly but it’s a necessary evil I say, a necessary evil. Now for the death of Jimmy Olsen; JIMMY OLSEN MUST DIE!
Annihilation: Conquest #4- The problem with splitting the issue between three different stories is the loss of momentum; this is the problem now with this series. Writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning have spited the series into between Star-lord team of freedom fighters; Adam Warlock and Phyla-Vell search for a new weapon against the Phalanx; and Ronan uncovering a secret Kree weapon hidden in Hala of all places. The loss of momentum is glaring as Conquest faces the same problem Countdown did earlier; nothing happen! Add to this was the fact that the main villain is Ultron! That character has the personality of a…well, robot. With a poor villain, it’s up to the heroes to save the day, and the story. Something that can’t be done when the story jump all over the place! The potential is there, but the series will need to improve.