Friday, March 14, 2008

Countdown to Giant Turtle Olsen

So far, I've been pretty disappointed in Countdown to Final Crisis as a weekly reading experience. I should have been on the edge of my seat but not so much, actually. I'm not sure I want to get into specifics based only on my memory, but I'm not remembering a great weekly read so much as a bloody, difficult trudge. In fairness, (and since I paid for the damned things anyway), I plan to re-read the series and see how it holds up as a complete story.

But if it all leads up to a showdown between Darkseid and Giant Turtle Jimmy Olsen, it might be worth the slog. Who ever thought such a glorious thing could be? Yet it is only appropriate, albeit ludicrous, for Olsen to take out Darkseid once and for all, given that the lord of Apokolips made his debut in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #135. Sort of a "I bought you into this world, I can take you out!" kind of thing.

I'm not sure to what degree CtFC head writer Paul Dini was involved with Justice League Unlimited, but I remember one crushing letdown in that otherwise excellent series came in an episode that teamed Supergirl with Stargirl and began with the JLU battling a giant monster turtle in Japan. The turtle was a nod to Gamera, but it had one thing that caught my eye immediately: A shock of bright orange hair on its head. Or an orange fin. Did I dare hope that the creature would stand revealed as Jimmy Olsen, finally, finally, bringing Giant Turtle Olsen into animated canon? No? Too fanboy? Well, the critter ended up being just a lil' old turtle. I was, as you can well imagine, crushed.

The ending to Countdown to Final Crisis may yet end up satisfying my giant turtle jones while tying things together neatly and providing a fantastic end to a thus-far lackluster series. It might read much better all at once, but one thing is certain. I've probably said this here before, and if I haven't, it can't be said enough: Everything is better with Giant Turtle Olsen.


7 comments:

mengblom said...

Since I'm borderline allergic to all-things-New Gods, the promise of more Kirby-era Jimmy Olsen doesn't exactly make me want to come running back to Countdown (a title I abandoned about five or six issues into that miserable slog).

The egg on DC's face over this overcooked yet feather-light souffle is a real "Emperor's New Clothes" experience I don't think they'll live down for quite awhile....unless Morrison's Final Crisis completely hits it out of the ballpark (which I'm starting to doubt, frankly).

PATCH said...

Didn't this crisis finally end a year ago? Sheesh.

Sadly when I bought my last batch of comics I realized I didn't have any DC titles (DC, not Wildstorm, etc.). Aside from All-Star Sups, I just can't follow or care about DC right now. I thought with Crisis (Infinite?) they were going to kill off excess titles and characters, and bring back the freakin' multiverse. Alas...

joe bloke said...

i have avoided anything even remotely touching on the crisis like the plague. but! if it turns out that giant turtle jimmy olsen does indeed get to beat the snot out of darkseid, i am so buying the trades.

keep up the sterling work, man.

Brian Hughes said...

Joe-
I really think you'd be better off skipping it! I'd hate for anybody to buy Countdown based on my perceived recommendation.

Marc Tyler Nobleman, Author of "Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman" said...
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Pere Ubu said...

CRRRRRGGG!! CRRRRG! CRRRRRGG!

Bruce said...

A little late, I finally made this connection:

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