This isn’t breaking news or anything, but I figured I’d comment on an interview that Newsarama did with Dan “death count” Didio. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. What in the world was The Revolution doing checking out a comic book news website?
Well, I’m starting to feel left out of the loop. That I’m the only comic book fan who doesn’t’ frequent these types of websites. So, I decided to start checking out what is going on in the world of comics with a bit more frequency than before. Now, I still avoid any articles marked spoilers and any message boards. But, hey, it’s a first step, right?
Anyway, Deathcount Dan was on Newsarama explaining all the secrets that were in the promotional picture for Countdown. You can check out the Newsarama interview right here.
I’ll just quickly highlight the parts that jumped out at me:
1. Red Robin is Jason Todd. Evidently, Donna is looking at him because they will be working together and have some type of relationship.
2. The ground is the “dead zone” where all the dead characters are located. Any live characters touching the ground are in jeopardy of dying. That would include Big Barda and Mr. Miracle.
3. There is a Legion flight ring on the ground indicating that a Legionnaire is going to die.
4. The Atom (Ray Palmer) is clawing out of the ground indicating that he is coming back to life.
5. Bart having one foot on the ground (the dead zone) meant he had one foot in the grave.
6. The Batman with the scimitar has something to do with Ra’s al Ghul.
Now, Didio was mum on why Superman is nuzzling Wonder Woman’s wonderful bosom, other than the obvious fact that is just a darn fun thing to do. I can’t imagine what would happen to Superman that would be so traumatic. Also, we have barely even seen Superman over in Countdown up to this point.
Jason Todd as Red Robin? I’m not too sure how I feel about this move. I have enjoyed Jason Todd as the Red Hood and playing the role of a vigilante who kills criminals. I dig that Jason has rebelled against the Batfamily and has the codename that was the original codename of Batman’s greatest villain, the Joker.
Jason taking the name Red Robin pulls him back into the Batfamily a bit more than I would like to see. However, I’m keeping an open mind on Jason becoming Red Robin. I’ll wait and see how DC handles this transition for Jason’s character. It should be interesting.
Of course, DC is totally incapable of doing any type of big event or story without a high death count. And, of course, character must not just die; they must do so in a grisly fashion. I can’t say I’m thrilled that Big Barda and Mr. Miracle are marked for death. And I’m certainly not thrilled with a Legionnaire begin marked for death. I always hate it whenever a Legionnaire is killed off. Unless it is Supergirl. Then I’m all for it.
Right now there are only three Legionnaires in the present day on New Earth: Starman, Karate Kid and the mysterious partner with Karate Kid. I wouldn’t imagine that Starman is already going to be killed. Johns seems to really like his character and evidently has plenty of plans for Starman. I would hate it if Karate Kid was killed off. I dig his character and he has been pretty bad-assed in the JLA/JSA crossover.
And I never realized that Ray Palmer was dead. I thought he just shrunk down to sub-atomic size and disappeared. I truly fear for Ray Palmer. I just know that Dan “death count” Didio has some particularly grotesque death in store for Ray. The All New Atom is getting miserable sales numbers with Atom #11 selling only 16,193. Maybe Didio uses Countdown to kill of Ray so fans will have no choice but to embrace this new Atom.