The last 3 issues of COUNTDOWN TO FINAL CRISIS have been pretty damn good. The story is rolling. The sad part is, they've stopped telling a lot of the stories. No Jimmy Olsen. No Karate Kid. It's all been about "The Challengers" (Donna, Kyle & Jason), the Monitors, Monarch and Superman-Prime. But it's been fast-paced and interesting.
Maybe a little too fast-paced? I have no idea what happened between panels one and two of this page...but something must have.