Are we still doing these? If we are, I guess I'll start it off with the first few books I've had a chance to read. Countdown #7--It's better than last week, but only because it doesn't touch on that whole Darkseid thing. I'm not forgiving and forgetting that there are apparently THREE death-and-rebirth-of-the-New-Gods scenarios in play right now (Morrison's, Dini's, and Starlin's), and none of them seem to jibe. And that's aside from the two Brother Eyes (Dini's and Dixon's) and the two Legions (Johns' and Shooter's, or maybe Waid's if you think about it). I'm really just about this close to calling Countdown and all of its tie-ins an Elseworlds tale and be done with it. I like my DCU better when it makes sense. Anyway, more to the point of our story, Countdown. Still haven't had much explanation on just where the hell our Challengers of Fantasticism are right now, although apparently Jason's done been kicked out, or left, or something. In fact, it almost feels like we're back to what we were doing for the first 20 issues; not moving the series forward in any appreciable way whatsoever. The best thing about the issue was the Bane origin, which I didn't even read, I just liked the art. Boys, you get six issues to make me a give a damn again. FIX IT. 5/10. Serenity - Better Days #1--First things first, it is just fantastic to get another tale of the Serenity crew. I can't quite tell how much of this is Whedon and how much is the other fella, but it's a pretty good Whedon-style yarn, at any rate, in the sense that the dialogue is heavenly and true to the characters, which is more than you get from a lot of adaptations. As for the story, it just doesn't quite seem to achieve the perfect balance of action and characterization that Whedon's show had, but nothing really has since the series ended, not even the movie or the other comic mini. This is mostly about as good as I expected, and the cover actually doesn't look so ****ing stupid when you see it up close. 8/10. Wolverine #63--I feel so dirty for liking a Wolverine solo book, but I can't say no to this arc. I decided to pick it up since it was Divided We Stand tie-in, and I'm a sucker for crossovers and X-Men stuff, and I haven't been disappointed. In fact, I've been pleasantly surprised. Wolverine's done really well here, if a bit over the top (but when isn't he?), and I love to see Kansas in a comic book, however peripherally. I'm just really hoping that the whole thing pays off and he really does kill that dirty *****. She was the first Marvel character I ever hated based on just who the character was, rather than the fact that she was a Marvel character, so naturally this story and me make a pretty good fit. 8/10. X-Factor #29--The guys 'n' dolls of X-Factor take a turn into the wildly weird, but finally it's explained at the end of the issue. Really, Peter David's X-Factor is the kind of storytelling I spent 40-odd issues of Countdown hoping for out of Dini and his squad. It's tight, it's concise, it makes its point without too much fluff, but it retains a continuity and a general arc of motion. Put Peter David on a damn weekly, whichever one comes after Trinity. 9/10.