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.
Review: Robin Rises Omega
Written by Peter J. Tomasi
Art by Andy Kubert and Jonathan Glapion
Batman is dead set on reviving Damian and will do whatever it takes to do so, even if that means teaming up with Ra’s al Ghul to fight the hoards of Apokolips. This is a really action packed issue that does a really good job of filling the new readers in. Unfortunately, what helps the new readers may anger the old.
Tomasi obviously knew this would be a major jumping on point for a lot of people because the first seven pages of this book is nothing but a recap of Batman continuity from his time with Ra’s al Ghul in the desert to the present. This helped me out greatly because I haven’t been reading Batman and Robin since the beginning of the New 52. It told me everything I needed to know so I did not feel like I was missing anything when the actual action started. Glorious Godfrey and a host of parademons show up in this book which I personally enjoyed. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Darkseid be a real presence in the New 52, excluding his villain’s month issue. Hopefully we will get to see more of the big lug as this story progresses. Andy Kubert’s art is as you would expect from him. It is pretty good and has no real flaws to it. That said, I wasn’t wowed by it either.
This book is five bucks. That right there is the biggest drawback. It has a ton of pages in it, though, so you would think it would be at least a little more worth the price. Unfortunately the first seven pages are nothing but a retelling of Batman continuity. Sure, it helped me a lot, but that is seven pages of what could have been new story that old readers are cheated out of.
If you can get past the steep admission price and the overtly long recap at the beginning, this is actually a pretty fun book. The is a lot of action, plenty of fun guest stars, and some decent writing. Plus there is Frankenstein. I can’t get enough of that guy.
Story: 4 out of 5
Art: 4 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5