In Review: Convergence #7

A massive battle, with a major death, and really bad things beginning to happen.

The covers: A foursome to find before reality tears them from your grasp. The Main cover is by Carlo Pagulayan and Jason Paz showing Deimos’ point of view as he’s about to take out Telos with one punch, but notices that he’s about to be overwhelmed by Captain Atom, Parallax, Supergirl, Batman, Plastic Man, Harley Quinn, Wonder Girl, Superman, Steel, Captain Marvel, and Superman. Terrific angle with great art and super coloring. This is what a cosmic crossover should look like. The first Variant is by Tony Daniel with Tomeu Morey showing all the heroes, on the left, flying to meet the villains, who are coming in from the right. It’s an age old concept for a super hero cover, but it works well here because this is how comic fans want to see their characters. The art is good, especially on the Supermen, and the coloring is equally fine. The next Variant is by Amanda Conner with Paul Mounts. This cover has been getting a lot of likes online as it features the purple suited Catwoman of the 1990s getting licked by an adorably realistic Krypto. It’s a fun image that’s done perfectly. Brett Booth is responsible for the final Variant and I have to track this down. It’s another one of the character studies, without any colors. This one focuses on the Flash and it’s gorgeous. I don’t know how any Flash fan could pass on this. Overall grades: Main A, Variant Daniel A-, Variant Conner A, and Variant Booth A+ 

The story: Now we’re getting somewhere! The arrival of Telos’ world into “our” universe has stopped every clock on earth. Superman, who is watching this occurrence, orders everyone in the vicinity back, as Cyborg, who’s monitoring it reports, “Temporal and antimatter energy readings are off the charts. Wherever that planet is coming from, it’s no place good.” However, the monstrous entity known as the Great Oracle seeks to get closer to the event. It states, “I see all past, present and future. So why am I now blind?” It cannot see its own future and says it must prepare. Batman gets on the com, telling the Kryptonian to get out of there. Superman is too busy saving other heroes who got too close. Meanwhile on the planet, all the heroes and villains from different worlds are doing battle as Deimos watches, floating high above, smiling. Yolanda Montez runs about in this battle trying to get the now-powerful wizard to stop this fighting, and that’s when someone returns. Jeff King & Scott Lobdell have a lot of action in this book, as it’s a Who’s Who fighting one another. The arrival of this character puts Deimos into battle, and an important reveals pushes the battle in a new direction. One classic character makes a decision on Page 23 and 24 that changes this series’ course. I was glad to see it be this character to make this move, as he’s notorious for not making the best of decisions, and just seeing him back in the DC Universe made me happy, though he has shared his own Convergence two issue series with another character. With the action on 24 taken, the trouble hits the fan and the characters are all at risk. The closing tagline on the final page is “The Shocking Conclusion!” I’m looking forward to it, as this and the previous two issues have been better than its beginnings. Overall grade: A-

The art: Excellent images by Aaron Lopresti on pencils and Mark Morales on inks. They do the cosmic quite well, with the double-page splash on Pages 2 and 3 proving this point. I’m always impressed with artists who pull off the wonder and threat of the cosmos well, and seeing the energies whipping about the Oracle elicits both emotions from readers. They also do a good job on the massive battle on the planet. This, too, is a double-page spread, on Pages 6 and 7, and characters from across the history of DC are sparring. Looking really strong are Superman, Supergirl, and the Martian Manhunter in all their incarnations. I also really like how they make their characters emote, as this book doesn’t have the rote smile-scream-grimace posing, but they do worry exceptionally well, with Pages 9, 11, and 20 having super examples of this. I especially like how Captain Marvel looked uber-powerful at the start of the book, but as it progressed he looked younger, as if the fears of Billy Batson were making their way to the surface of his powerful alter ego. Also impressive is the work they do on characters’ hair. This is not an element that usually gets a lot of time, but the line work put into Kara, Yolanda, Kal, and Deimos’ hair is really cool. There’s something to love on every page. Overall grade: A 

The colors: Peter Steigerwald mixes things up really well on this book. The opening page has three panels that lead readers to suspect certain things: the first is the opening of a dark space scene with the planet emerging in a swath of white, the next panel explodes in rusted orange (the planet’s surface) with white energy racing every which way, and the third having a close-up of Oracle colored white, highlighting the energy before him. On the next page an entirely different color scheme is used that makes the art very powerful, and it changes the intensity of the moment. The battle on Telos’ world is an explosion of every bright and gaudy supersuit seen at DC, again a harsh orange sky. Deimos’ magic has a color that, again, changes the tone of the book. This book is a textbook example of how colors can be used to change how a book is interpreted by the reader. Well done, Mr. Steigerwald. Overall grade: A+

The letters: Dialogue, Oracle speak, opening title and credits, scene setting, a massive utterance, screams, and the tease for the final issue are crafted by Travis Lanham. I really like the font used for Oracle. A character that massive has got to sound different from the other characters and his font is a good way to get this idea into readers’ heads. I would have liked some sounds, though. Overall grade: B+

The final line: A massive battle, with a major death, and really bad things beginning to happen. Highly enjoyable. Overall grade: A

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for several years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” and he’s reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He’s taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.

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