In Review: Convergence Action Comics #2

C level visuals bring this A level story to a B. An artistic letdown.

The covers: The Wonder Woman of the Red Son saga is battling Power Girl against a fantastic red, white, and blue background, with stars and stripes strong. This is a great cover by Amanda Conner with both heroines looking great and the colors impressive. This should be a tee shirt! The Variant cover designed by Chip Kidd uses art by Keith Giffen and Wally Wood which is a tight close-up of an old school looking Superman face. He squints in a manner that would make Captain Marvel proud. Overall grades: Both A

The story: The domes have fallen after Telos’ decree and Power Girl uses her powers to fly out of Metropolis to get answers about what’s going on. But that’s not all, “…and then I want payback for the last year of my life.” As she nears one city, three missiles appear out of the sky before her, with one hitting her directly. She plummets to the ground wondering what just happened. Using her supervision, she spies a heat trail in the sky and realizes they came from an invisible fighter. She explodes off the ground, “There you are! Let’s see how fast you are.” Wonder Woman panics and contacts Lex Luther, designer of the plane, that she can’t shake her pursuer. Power Girl grabs the jet’s tail and that’s when things get interesting. Superman may be on the cover of this book, but Power Girl is the star as she battles Wonder Woman in the Kremlin. Complicating things within the Kremlin is Stalin’s breaking into Lex Luthor’s lab, who’s watching the pair of super women battle with cameras he’s seeded throughout the city. He’s joined in his viewing by his girlfriend Lois Lane. Every page of this story had a great turn, with one character’s arrival changing the tone of the fight. This story by Justin Gray is good and shows how he should be writing the further adventures of Power Girl or the characters from Red Son. Overall grade: A

The art: Claude St-Aubin provides pencils and Sean Parsons inks on this fierce female fighting feature. Some art looks really good, and some not so much. The opening page is a good example of this: the characters look great as the panels close in on the two characters on the balcony, but look at the buildings behind them. It appears that an attempt was made to imitate the cityscapes of George Perez, but instead this looks like a crossword puzzle on the side of a building. Things don’t improve on the splash on Page 2 with Power Girl’s face just not looking right. However, the next two pages look great as she flies between cities and is attacked by the missiles. When the battle turns to the Kremlin and Wonder Woman is out of her jet, things are spectacular. The settings are highly detailed and the emotions on the characters’ faces speak volumes, such as at the bottom of Page 8. Not looking as good are the Luthor-Stalin scenes, with the characters looking wooden. Look at Lois at the top of 10, or Stalin in the next panel. These panels and pages comprise half the book, so half of the book just isn’t working; I mean, take a look at the bottom of Page 19–why is that robot’s hand so big? If it’s for perspective, he missed Superman’s shoulder by several feet. Superheroes and the Kremlin, good, but normal characters and Metropolis, bad. Overall grade: C

The colors: A pair of talented colorists on this issue, Lovern Kindzierski and Hi-Fi. The green skies that first appear on Page 2 are beautiful, with Power Girl’s com trail nicely paled. I like how the backgrounds in the Kremlin were really pale compared to the characters battling within, making them stand out against the detailed backgrounds. There’s also some really nice shading and blending being done on Luther’s minions when they reveal themselves. The coloring is the best on Page 12 in the third panel– a flawless use of reds, oranges, and yellows. There’s also a really nice shine on the final page’s last panel with the city’s windows. The coloring of this book looks good. Overall grade: A

The letters: Dialogue, narration, book’s credits, sounds, scene settings, and yells are created by Steve Wands. His sound effects, and there are many in this issue, put just the right amount of punch into this issue. I’m so glad he was allowed to insert them. Overall grade: A

The final line: C level visuals bring this A level story to a B. An artistic letdown. Overall grade: B

 

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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