Convergence Roundup: Week 1

As the resident DC guy and most likely the only reader of Convergence at Outright Geekery, the responsibility falls on me to fill you in on this event. Unfortunately, Convergence is so huge and has so many different tie ins that there is no way I can give each issue a full length review with the exception of the main series which can be found here. With that out of the way, lets review some tie ins.

Convergence: The Atom #1

Written by Tom Peyer

Art by Steve Yeowell and Andy Owens

The Atom #1 was an interesting read. Being trapped in a dome for a year has not been a good time for Ray Palmer. He has lost his ability to change size (with the exception of his right hand), appears to be homeless, is on a vendetta to take down Deathstoke for murdering Ryan Choi, and talks to the voices in his head. It is an interesting depiction of Ray Palmer that I don’t think we have seen before and I would like to see more of it. Unfortunately, right when things start to get really interesting, the book gets dragged fully into the Convergence event and ruins the nice grove the issue has til that point.  I hope the next issue returns us to the interesting character developments that take up the first three fourths of this issue instead of focusing on the boring fight that took up the last bit.

3 out of 5


 

Convergence: Batman and Robin #1

Written by Ron Marz

Art by Denys Cowan and Klaus Janson

This issue takes us right back to where the first volume of Batman and Robin ended before the start of the New 52. Bruce and Damian are still trying to get used to each other and the Red Hood is still trying to be a dark version of Batman, complete with his own sidekick, Scarlet. Things start off with a fight against the who’s who of Batman villains who are trying to take control of Poison Ivy’s garden, only for things to get worse once Red Hood gets involved. Damian instantly becomes jealous of Bruce’s past relationship with Jason Todd and sets out to prove himself by defeating Jason. Like with the Atom #1, the character work here is strong. If the story was just about Damian and the Red Hood then this issue would be great. Unfortunately, Convergence rears its ugly head and throws a team of obscure villains from another reality for the characters to fight and this abrupt shift ruins the pretty solid story in the first three fourths of the issue. Its a shame because I was really enjoying this issue.

3.5 out of 5


Convergence: Justice League #1

Written by Frank Tieri

Art by Vicente Cifuentes and Monica Kubina

Just to be perfectly honest, I was never really a big fan of this iteration of the Justice League. I like the big golden gorilla and I do like a lot of the other characters as well, but not when they are put together like this. This issue is essentially a ladies’ night out that goes horribly wrong when Mera gets kidnapped by Flashpoint Aquaman. The Mera/ Flashpoint Aquaman confrontation was pretty interesting, but the rest was meh. There was just nothing here that grabbed my attention. This issue is the opposite of the last two books I reviewed. The first half of this book bored me to tears, but takes much better advantage of the Convergence event than both Atom#1 and Batman and Robin #1. I may stay on for the next issue to see more Mera and Flashpoint Aquaman, but that is literally all that appeals to me here.

2 out of 5


Convergence: The Question #1

Written by Greg Rucka

Art by Cully Hamner and Dave McCaig

This issue is far and away the best thing to come out of Convergence so far. Rucka and company knock this issue out of the park as Renee Montoya confronts her very complicated relationship with Harvey Dent, aka Two Face. Because of the dome, every character has lost their powers, including Two Face. Every time Two Face goes to flip his coin it lands face side up, forcing him to do good deeds. This leads Montoya to believe she can get through to Harvey and help him with his problems. The character work here is perfect and the art is just gorgeous. This issue makes me want a Question ongoing book in DC’s lineup all the more and I can’t wait to pick up the next issue.

4.5 out of 5


Convergence: Speed Force #1

Written by Tony Bedard

Art by Tom Grummett and Sean Parsons

Wally West is back! I’m not talking about that whiny kid who has been appearing lately in the Flash ongoing. I am talking about the classic Wally West and family that we grew to love. This issue is worth a buy for that alone, and it doesn’t help that it isn’t a bad read either.  I will say, you can see how much the writers had to strain to get Wally and his family in this event, but other than that, this issue is pretty solid. Bedard does a great job of using Wally’s speed to showcase the other cities in Convergence and there is an idea planted here when a surprise character shows up that really excites me. Speed Force is not quite the quality of The Question, but it is definitely one of the better things to come out of this event.

4 out of 5


Convergence: The Titans #1

Written by Fabian Nicieza

Art by Ron Wagner and Jose Marzan Jr.

This issue should really have been called Arsenal #1 because he takes us the vast majority of the issue, and that is not a bad thing. The pre-New 52 Roy Harper is a completely different person than the New 52 one and that is very evident here. This Roy is much more mature and has experienced so much more loss than his counterpart, including the death of his daughter. His inner conflict is really interesting and very well written, but I do wish I could have seen more of the other Titans too. Overall, only three members of the team show up in this issue and it was kind of disappointing. Nonetheless, the story is interesting and the cliffhanger is pretty good, so I will pick up the next issue and see how things go for Arsenal and company.

3.5 out of 5

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