You know, I'm starting to realize what my problem with Countdown as a whole is. There doesn't really seem to be enough room for the writers to breathe outside of the outline, and there also doesn't seem to be enough room for the characters to develop in a reasonable time-frame. Everything is a bit rushed, there's too much going on in each issue, and with an author like Sean McKeever, who's strength is in dialogue and relationships, it doesn't really come across here because the story changes every three pages. That's not to say it's not a good story or well-executed, though. This issue begins with a bang, as Jimmy Olsen wakes up trapped on the Source Wall, with Lightray and countless other beings. He then wakes up in his room, as the mystery over what he's becoming gets wierder and wierder. We then cut to new cast member Holly Robinson, starting her new life in Metropolis to avoid cop-killing charges from Catwoman. She's a likable character who I'm a big fan of, but her initial "kicks creepy guy in the head" appearance doesn't do much for her. The main story this week is Mary Marvel's confrontation with Black Adam, and it continues to be the strongest part. After Mary refuses to flee in the wake of Adam's rampage, he agrees to help her, transfering his entire powers to her. She turns into the famous Black Mary seen on the cover, as he states that he's had enough of the curse of the powers, and they're hers now. He leaves as he tells her to tell Billy he's sorry. The most important segment is likely the one taking place in the realm of the Monitors. As the apparent head Monitor condemns the actions of his brother who killed Deula, the rogue Monitor launches into a vicious and rather creepy speech, inciting the Monitors towards genocide against the anomalies. Me thinks we have our first-act villain. There's a good segment between Trickster and Piper, as these two continue to establish themselves as great POV characters for the villains. But the issue ends with a pointless last page, as we see the Amazons Attack Washington. There's even a dramatic final quote, much like last week. So, a good issue, but I really don't think this kind of group event project is where we're going to see the best of Sean McKeever.