By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com
Warning! Spoilers are ahead!
Where do worlds go to die?
DC Comics will answer this question throughout its latest crossover series: Convergence!
All throughout this massive event, I will give my take on the key stories and characters that are usurped from over 75 years of DC Comics continuity and mashed together into a catastrophic tale that blends survival of the fittest with the infinite theme of “Good versus Evil.”
Convergence #0 (creative team: Dan Jurgens/Jeff King (writers); Ethan Van Sciver (art); Marcelo Maiolo (colorist))
Superman (from The New 52) is confronted by one of his deadliest opponents: Brainiac! However, this is not the android-the Man of Steel knows! This Brainiac is a monstrous giant that has collected cities from across the multiverse. As the Man of Steel journeys throughout Brainiac’s headquarters, he finds out that he is not dealing with the mastermind, but his assistant: Telos. A panicked Telos comes to the realization that his master has not returned from finding The New 52 Superman’s Earth, and furiously state that it does not exist! Once he banished Superman, Telos pulls a Darwin and declares a “Survival of the Fittest” contest.
Convergence #1 (Creative team: Jeff King/Scott Lobdell (writers); Carlo Pagulayan (pencils); Jason Paz (inker); John Starr & Peter Steigerwald (colorists))
The main event kicks off with the destruction of the Injustice: Gods Among Us universe as Telos determined they are unworthy to continue to be part of his experiment. Meanwhile, several Earth 2 heroes and allies (Batman (Dr. Thomas Wayne), Dick Grayson, Flash (Jay Garrick), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), Superman (Val-Zod) and Yolanda Montez) who survived Darkseid’s onslaught from Earth 2: World’s End realize they have arrived on Telos’ planet. Telos confronted the group and lambasted the heroes for losing their Earth. As Telos imprisoned the Earth 2 survivors, he revealed his master plan to the domed cities and ordered them to begin the game-changing battle!
Convergence: Nightwing & Oracle (creative team: Gail Simone (writer); Jan Duursema (pencils); Dan Parsons (inker); Wes Dzioba (colorist)
Throughout Convergence, DC Comics fans will be able to see their favorite characters and read their favorite storylines: one last time. Gail Simone re-visited one of DC Comics’ greatest couples: Nightwing and Oracle in pre-Flashpoint Gotham City. As Nightwing stopped Mr. Freeze and ended his romantic rendezvous with Starfire, he proposed to Barbara at a fancy dinner. Unfortunately, as Barbara turned him down…the dome dropped and the Gotham lovers had to face the Flashpoint universe’s Hawkman and Hawkwoman. After a brief duel, the Thangarian couple gave them an ultimatum: surrender Gotham to them or perish!
Convergence: The Question (creative time: Greg Rucka (writer); Cully Hammer (art); Dave McCaig (colorist))
Several familiar faces joined Renee Montoya, as she once again donned the Question mask just in time for Convergence! The former Gotham City police officer checked in Two-Face, as he helped her retrieve the drugs necessary to comfort her dying father. Readers also learned that she shared an apartment with the Huntress (Helena Bertinelli), who advised her to not to trust the longtime Batman villain. It turned out, she was right…just as Renee tried to stop Two-Face from a suicide attempt, Telos made his ultimatum and Harvey headed to find his Flashpoint doppelgänger. After Two-Face knocked her to the floor, Huntress revived Renee and revealed that she recruited Batwoman on their quest to stop Two-Face’s rampage.
Thoughts & grade: Convergence’s beginning showcased why I love DC Comics’ format of storytelling. Newcomer Jeff King (White Collar & Stargate SG-1) and DC Comics veterans Dan Jurgens and Scott Lobdell brilliantly weaved sturdy beginning chapters that got new (and veteran) readers up to speed on Telos’ plans. Artists Ethan Van Sciver soared on the zero issue, while the team of Pagulayan, Paz, Starr and Steigerwald stepped up to the plate with the battle and splash page sequences. It was also a delight to see two of my all-time favorite creators (Rucka and Simone) revisit the characters that I fell in love with in the first place. I hope that Convergence delivers impeccable storytelling and a solid story that satisfies multiple generations of fans. A-