In Review: Convergence Wonder Woman #1

The story was average until a turn in the middle raised it up considerably.

The covers: How did this happen? Wonder Woman is on the stone floor, looking really angered at how she got there. Behind her are several women in red cloaks, holding candles. The setting is a spectacularly rendered gothic structure, seemingly a church. The Princess looks terrific, the figures ominous, and the light coming into this Gothic structure stellar. This is a wow of a cover that teases events to come and does it with a fantastic illustration and colors. Superb job on this Main cover by Joshua Middleton! The Variant cover features art by Don Heck with Wonder Woman looking horrified that the yellow oblivion of the Convergence is engulfing her. I believe the Main cover has the better artwork, but I’ve convinced myself to always by the Variants for this saga. Overall grades: Main A+ and Variant A

The story: This is the 1970s Wonder Woman, who wears the infamous white suit she had from that time period. She and Steve are making the most of their lives in Gotham City under the dome. She and Etta Candy do an outreach program for those in the East End slums, while Steve, grounded by the sky high construct, has become a leader for M.P.s. As they get ready for their day, it’s brought up that one person under Diana’s care believes in angels, as do many who believe what’s occurred in the city is Biblical. The women take their charge to a church that proclaims that angels are coming. Something happens to stop the service and intensifies after Telos proclaims it’s game on between cities. This was a story that wound about in several directions before finally focusing on the villains’ threat. I thought that the locals of the slums and the believers of the church were stereotypes. I went to each scene expecting them to act a certain way and they did. This isn’t to say that characters like that don’t exist in those environments, but I was hoping to find something different in Larry Hama’s script. I did like the situation that Diana found herself in and the villains that arrive, from the Red Rain Universe, are great. I’ve enjoyed those villains in other books and I always look forward to their appearances. I was floored by what transpires on Pages 21 and 22. I admit to thinking, ‘Larry can’t do that!’ But he did, and that really made the book rise up in the end from the earlier clichés. This has me looking forward to the next issue. Overall grade: B+ 

The art and colors: Good job by Joshua Middleton on the visuals for this book. He’s using very thin linework that perfectly captures the style of this time in Wonder Woman’s past. The opening page is a beautiful moment at dawn with some sensational colors. The light coming in from the blinds is spectacular. I really like his work on characters’ faces, with their expressions easily showing the emotions within them. Page 9 has two particularly strong moments for Etta and one of the clergy. Middleton also manipulates the point of view of this book very well. This is apparent when the dome comes down and Steve and some locals witness it. The view of a distant city is the most frightening I’ve seen in any Convergence book and I wish other artists had made the decision to make their metropolises look this way, rather than just isolated structures in a desert. Middleton also does a solid job on the villains. He has to have the characters somewhat look like artist Kelley Jones’, yet have it fit well with this 1970’s style. He succeeds. Though only clearly shown for the final two pages, these monsters look magnificent. Excellent work by Middleton. Overall grade: A

The letters: Scene settings, very classy opening title and credits, dialogue, a semi-quiet rant, Telos’s decree, sounds, and yells are created by Sal Cipriano. He’s does good work, just as he’s done on all his previous work I’ve seen, but I really need to call special attention to that opening page’s title and credits. It’s resembles the style I would associate with 1940’s noir films, or Nathaniel Dusk, to date myself, and combined with Middleton’s work on the light coming into the scene, it instantly made this book seem like a classic. This is the perfect example of how a letterer’s skills contribute greatly to a book’s tone. Overall grade: A

The final line: The story was average until a turn in the middle raised it up considerably. I’m looking forward to seeing how the contributors plan on closing out this 1970’s horror. 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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