Published on June 17th, 2015 | by Thomas Maluck
Ten Great Moments of Convergence & Beyond
[Spoiler warning: This article outright spoils the highlights to the latter halves of many Convergence stories, visually and textually. If that matters to you, look away!]
An Inconvenient Story
See my post All About the New “Convergence” Limited Series from DC Comics for a quick intro into the Convergence series.
Summarizing the events of DC Comics’s nine-issue Convergence series and all of its two-issue mini-stories would be equivalent to explaining the way out of a maze in Latin. My halftime report begs for a matching conclusion, but there are simply too many pieces in play. Comics Alliance did a good job of weekly play-by-plays, which I recommend for anyone looking to follow the course of Convergence’s events. The biggest takeaway from the event is that all of DC’s previous versions or iterations of a character are considered “canon,” each existing in its own separate dimension.
I still can’t shake the experience, though! Bearing witness to all 89 issues of a multiverse-scrambling event in two months has left a mark on my consciousness, and I would like to share some of the moments that really stood out to me. DC Comics has since resumed its returning series as well as launched twenty-four new series, but here is a look at what you will find in the collected Convergence trades should you order them for your library:
1) Deathstroke’s Baby Hands (The Atom #2)
The Atom is plenty weird enough. Ryan Choi, long thought to be dead, is brought back to life via extradimensional super-science when Ray Palmer grows an extra large hand, allows it to be cut off in battle, and the hand morphs into Choi. This same matter-manipulation ability comes into play when Deathstroke makes an assassination attempt on Palmer, who miniaturizes Deathstroke’s hands into uselessness.
2) The Blue Beagle (Blue Beetle #2)
Hawkeye has a dog, lovingly dubbed Pizza Dog for that one issue that’s entirely from his point of view. Robin (Damian Wayne) has a Great Dane named Titus. Green Arrow recently got a dog. Why not Blue Beetle? The entire issue has a lighthearted, positive vibe to it, and The Blue Beagle’s presence is one of several barking indications of that.
3) Harley Quinn Throws a “Hadouken” (Harley Quinn #2)
Harley’s showdown with Captain Carrot is one of the silliest fights in comics, thanks in no small part to her unique combination of intelligence and insanity. Quinn keeps Carrot on his toes thanks to a unique angle: neither knows the other’s powers. Utilizing a packed bag of contraband, Quinn pretends to wield superpowers she doesn’t have, including throwing the signature Street Fighter fireball synchronized to a timed bomb.
4) Lex Luthor Shows Up Joseph Stalin (Action Comics #2)
The best villains make scumbaggery look good, and only one man can show so much swagger while staging a coup against Joseph Stalin in front of a glaring Lois Lane. This makes me hungry for more alternate-timeline DC stories so that Luthor can show up world leaders throughout history.
5) Barbara Gordon Never Quits (Nightwing/Oracle #2)
The Nightwing/Oracle issues were great for showing how prepared a tactician Gordon is. When the action moves from her computer to the battlefield and she’s caught in her wheelchair, the battle is still far from over.
6) Renee Montoya Knows How To Clear A Hallway (The Question #2)
Call it a fedora, a trilby, whatever — Renee is using hers correctly and better than the majority of its wearers. Yes, she also reconciles with her homophobic father on his death bed, but that’s not as visually impressive as this moment.
7) It Took A While, But Booster Gold Mattered (Booster Gold #1)
Booster Gold is no stranger to time travel shenanigans, often having an impact in the background of major events without anyone noticing. This usually leads to other characters regarding Booster as a joke, but here his older self is able to give his younger self credit, and hope that his actions are not in vain.
In fact, one of the richest angles throughout Convergence has to do with different versions of characters meeting each other. For example, at one point Bruce and Thomas Wayne meet and let each other know their respective father/son would be proud. Superboy rages against the much older Superman from Kingdom Come until he overcomes his pride and accepts that in this case, the older man knows better. Ted Kord the younger meets his older self from Kingdom Come, gets along instantly, and both of them run off together to skip the obligatory super-fight and instead crack jokes together.
8) Amanda Waller Has Had Enough of This Crap (Suicide Squad #2)
I can’t reduce this one to a single moment, as every other Waller scene in Suicide Squad involves shutting down super-powered egos and asserting herself in ways that would make Lex Luthor crap his pants. Every time someone discounts her, she turns out to have another ace up her sleeve.
9) Steampunk Gotham Rogues (Shazam #2)
Picking any single moment from Shazam is inherently unfair, as both issues are packed to the brim with Evan Shaner’s beautiful artwork and Jeff Parker’s script that maxes out the amount of heart shown in Convergence by a mile. This scene, showing off Batman’s villains in the style of Gotham By Gaslight, is shown off almost for the sake of the eye candy. How sweet it is!
10) Bonus Cameo: You! (Convergence #8)
Near the end of Convergence, a revived Brainiac reveals that his monstrous form is the result of traveling across DC’s continuities and enduring all of the reboots. Among his adventures is a moment spent peeking out of Ultra Comics, a chapter of the recent Multiversity miniseries. He says he saw the readers of that comic. That means if you’ve read Ultra Comics, you are now a part of DC canon, especially as Brainiac still remembers all of DC history.
DC has made eight-page previews of all of its new and returning titles available for free, a move that should help readers figure out which titles they would like to follow. The frequent breaks from any prescribed “house style” are a relief, as are the healthy doses of color and humor.