I am not a DC fan-boy. I am not a Marvel fan-boy. I am not an Image fan-boy. I am not (insert comic company) fan-boy. I am a fan of comics – good comics. Keep that in mind as you read this review.
I did not give Convergence #0 a glowing review for several reasons. One of the reasons being that the issue did not convey why it is important to the established DC Universe. Convergence was solicited as a major event that will disrupt the status quo – “This is it! The entire DC Universe from the dawn of time through The New 52 must fight to survive a threat that bends the Multiverse to its will.” Unfortunately, all we got in issue #0 was Brainiac’s consciousness explaining to Superman that Brainiac is transporting what were-thought-to-be lost cities, and time periods to an unknown planet to study them. Ok, but how is this a threat to the DC Universe/Multiverse?
Where issue #0 failed to explain the threat, issue #1 does so in detail. Turns out Brainiac is collecting these cities/time periods to do battle between each other until there is only one survivor. On one of the pages it’s alluded to that the Kingdom Come Superman will have to do battle with other versions of himself, like the Red Son Superman.
On the surface this is a cool idea. Who wouldn’t like to see different versions of our heroes battling each other? What bothers me is that no explanation is given as to why this “convergence” is occurring. Yes, this is a comic book that is meant to be a popcorn-movie type of event, and therefore I shouldn’t be so critical of the “why”, but at least give a why, or an F for that matter.
Not only did the lack of a why bother me, but the lack of detail in the art. Look back at the page of all of the different versions of Superman. Five of them look the same – making it difficult to tell which universe/timeline they are from. If that isn’t bad enough, just look at page one (posted below).
The art looks rushed and unfinished, especially in panel two of the page – Batman just looks like a bunch of cross-hatching. The only real page artist Carlo Pagulayan shined was with this one (posted below).
Unfortunately, not enough pages like the one above were given this amount of detail. I hate to say it because Pagulayan has produced some beautiful art in the past, but the art in this issue was subpar. Not the type of art I expect from a major DC comic event.
The art aside, and the similarities to another event going on at Marvel, Convergence might pan out to be a decent series. So far, I’m not convinced. Consume. Review. Repeat. gives Convergence #1 a six out of ten poorly drawn Batman stick figures.