I just finished Countdown: Arena #1 and it’s time to spread some props. I’m really enjoying this series way more than I thought I would

The concept is… well, it’s another twist on a pretty tired concept. It’s another Contest of Champions / Secret Wars / etc. concept. The twist is: Instead on pitting heroes against heroes in a “Who would win” scenario, this series pits the heroes against their multiversal dogglegangers.

But the art is what’s carrying this thing over for me. Pencilled by Scott McDaniel and inked by Andy Owens, this is just a sharp, cleverly presented story. The page designs are innovative and imaginative and the inks are strong and crisp. Big kudos to this visual team.

Here’s a sneak peek.

Now… how ’bout some villians…?