In Review: Convergence #6

The best issue yet! This is what I wanted this series to be!

The covers: As the series gets closer to its end, the Variant covers increase. Carlo Pagulayan and Jason Paz with Peter Steigerwald have created the Main cover which shows the villainous Deimos holding the world once ruled by Telos in his clawed hand. Energies whip around the world, as five super villains stand behind him, awaiting orders. They are Ultraman, Grodd, Aquaman, Captain Marvel, and Wonder Woman. It looks as though some heavies will be finally showing up! Good image, but their coloring is so dark on the characters that one really has to look closely to pick up on the images. The first Variant is by Tony Daniel with Tomeu Morey; this is the cover I’m using for this review. Flying away from the world are Superman, Batman, Supergirl, Lex Luther, and Cyborg. Every character looks fantastic and the coloring is great, being light blues and violets to make the characters stand out. This is one to seek out! The next Variant is by Trevor McCarthy and it’s a sketch cover of the redesigned Aquaman. I’ve been a fan of these covers, which I first saw on Dynamite’s Legenderry series, and this looks great. Steve “The Dude” Rude does a spectacular job on the final Variant which features all the characters from Jack Kirby’s Fourth World bursting out of a Boom Tube before Jimmy Olsen and Superman. This is a fan’s dream come true for a cover. Overall grades: Main B+, Variant Daniel A, Variant McCarthy A-, and Variant Rude A+

The story: “Team-Work” is the perfect title for this installment by Jeff King & Scott Lobdell. Things start unexpectedly, in “Our Universe.” The Justice League (Batman, Cyborgy, and Wonder Woman) is contracting Justice League United to ask how bad the problem is that they’ve discovered in space. All J’onn J’onzz can says is, “This disturbance is unlike anything we’ve encountered.” Superman and Supergirl, with the Red Lanterns, are witnessing a planet pushing its way into the universe. Blue Beetle and few surprising characters are there as well, even the Guardians (Hey, aren’t they all dead?) and Darkseid are seeing what’s occurring, but no one is doing anything, with Superman stating, “We stand ready…for whatever happens next.” The scene then changes to Telos where Deimos is making his broadcast. “You have heard my offer. If you pledge your loyalty to me, you will survive. If you refuse to acknowledge my power, you and your city will perish.” This wannabe uber-baddie has some words with Yolanda Montez, which foreshadows she has a key role to play in this saga, and the scene changes to the heroes from the previous issue battling the villains that were attacking them. The conflict takes a turn with the arrival of some unexpected aid, a focus is reached, and then the last three pages change their direction. Before readers reach that conclusion, there is the very surprising return of a character on Pages 18 and 19. Doubly shocking when this character says where he is from. I’ll admit my heart skipped a beat. I enjoyed this issue’s story the most of all issues, so far, but I feel that this action should have occurred in issue #3 and not #6. This is the “convergence” fans have been waiting for and the story has been padded up to this point. Looked at on its own, this was good. Overall grade: A 

The art: Maintaining the high standards from last week’s issue are the visuals by pencillers Ed Benes & Eduardo Pansica and inkers Benes, Trevor Scott, Scott Hanna & Wayne Faucher. It’s fairly easy to find when the switch happens between artists, but the inkers do such a good job on the issue, it’s impossible to tell when they trade off among themselves. There are several double-paged splashes in the issue that stand out: Pages 2 and 3, 6 and 7, 18 and 19, 22 and 23, 24 and 25, and 26 and 27. This is a lot of large artwork, but the story demands large images for what’s happening, and they look great. I’d have to say that my favorite is the last pair, as it shows a large array of characters that had me wishing I’d keep my Who’s Who in the DC Universe limited series. Even when the book has “normal” panels, the art is sharp, with the arrival of the characters on 14 being fantastic, especially with the previous panel’s lead in of “Who…?” I’m also a sucker for the character on Pages 18 and 19, and this individual looks terrific. There are no nits to speak of from anyone holding a pencil, pen, or stylus on this issue. Overall grade: A 

The colors: This book explodes with colors, thanks to Peter Steigerwald. The opening page is perfectly dark, lit only by the hologram of the Martian Manhunter. The darkness of space makes the bright blues and reds of the Kryptonians stellar, though they are miniscule compared to the green pouring off of Telos as it enters our space. During the super fighting on this emerging world, the aqua-green skies provide the perfect background for the orange and yellow smoke that’s being kicked up. The colors coming off the Flash are fantastic. I really like how the skies on Telos changed to rose when both forces are revealed, giving the impending free-for-all a dangerous feel. Steigerwald is all aces on this issue. Overall grade: A+ 

The letters: Travis Lanham brings scene settings, dialogue, opening title and credits, Deimos’s broadcast, sounds, yells, and next issue’s tease to this issue. He does a fine job, though I wish the font of some characters’ dialogue had been changed, rather than the shapes and colors of their dialogue balloons, to show them as being different from humans. Overall grade: A-

The final line: The best issue yet! This is what I wanted this series to be! My hopes are very high for next week’s issue! 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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