Countdown news

In a move to appease the victims of World War III (see: fans), DC Comics is going to be releasing some advance looks at Countdown, the new series that spins out of 52. (Note: it’s spearheaded by Paul Dini, so it should be better than sucky.) Now, if you’ve just dropped $130 on 52 and you’re trying to decide whether to lay down $155 for this next weekly series, you’ll at least be able to check out parts of some issues to see if it’s worth the investment.

DC’s PR folks say:

COUNTDOWN, DC Comics’s new, yearlong weekly series, will be supported with an unprecedented preview of the first two issues of the series on MySpace’s new comic book community. MySpace Comic Books, located at, will be the only place to see the first two issues of COUNTDOWN online, in their entirety. The online content will roll out over a series of three weeks:

The first ten pages of COUNTDOWN 51 will be on on May 4. The last 12 pages of COUNTDOWN 51 will be on the site on May 11, along with the first 12 pages of issue 50. The last ten pages of COUNTDOWN 50 will be on the site on May 18.

DC will also launch a DC Nation MySpace page on May 2.

“We have so much faith in this series that we did something special with MySpace to get the first issues out in front of as many eyes as possible,” said Dan DiDio, Senior Vice President Executive Editor, DC Comics. “This is our biggest series of 2007 and we’re presenting it in the biggest way possible.”

Also, DC tells us that a weekly conversation with the editor of COUNTDOWN will appear on Newsarama, including cover debuts, roundtable commentary and interior page previews.