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REVIEW: Convergence #2 – Father and Son

By Jeff Ayers

REVIEW: Convergence #2 - Father and Son

 

Writer: Jeff King

Artist: Carlos Pagulayan

$3.99

DC Comics

Okay, okay. I finally get this event and understand everything that is happening!

Nope. I just wanted to type that sentence, because I am afraid that I might not ever type it, for real, concerning the title-spanning mind eraser called Convergence. Like always, I will do my utmost to review this book that relies so heavily on knowledge of the DC universe that only few die hard fans posses. Hold on to your butts.

Right from the cover, readers are shown the central plot point – The Thomas Wayne Batman from post-Flashpoint series is coming face to face with the Bruce Wayne Batman of the pre-Flashpoint era. Now, for fans of all Batman, it will resonate that Thomas Wayne is Batman because of the loss of his son, Bruce, whereas regular ol’ Batman is wearing the cape and cowl because of the loss of his parents. (See every iteration of Batman on screen for reference!) This concludes the last part of this book that isn’t incredibly confusing.

REVIEW: Convergence #2 - Father and Son

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Telos, the living embodiment of the planet that is born from Brainiac, has the heroes of Earth-2 trapped as he makes them witness other versions of the DC universe fight each other. (I could make a catty Marvel Secret Wars joke here, but I’ll leave that up to you). After cyborg versions of the Justice League slaughter the versions from Stan Lee’s Just Imagine DC universe (yup), the heroes of Earth-2 are able to break free and confront Telos. After some clunky, ham-fisted action, Green Lantern and company go off to find a “city underground” that he senses, which leaves Batman and this version of Dick Grayson to go traipsing into the pre-Flashpoint Gotham. Dick Grayson, after doing some research on the plethora of tie-ins this event is pumping out, has recently lost his wife Barbra Gordon, and we are privy to the death of their child within the first few pages. Way to boost morale DC.

Anyway, Dick plays pseudo narrator for the action that unfolds once the heroes free themselves from Telos, and he wishes that Batman didn’t go into the city, looking for that version of Batman. He easily finds the entrance to the bat cave, because “it’s where he would have put it” and he goes looking for Batman, leaving Dick Grayson to stay put. This puts Dick in direct contact with this version of Barbra Gordon, which throws him off, and then a meeting with Alfred.

REVIEW: Convergence #2 - Father and Son

But then, Batman the senior, meets Batman the junior. Father and son, even though from two totally different timelines, but with similar outcomes and life choices shared among them, meet face to face. “That conversation must have been epic!”, you think out loud, and who knows? Maybe you are right. But we, the faithful readership, have no idea what was said, as Jeff King keeps the juiciest part of this second installment to himself. I’m sure it will come up at some point in the future, but the question is: will we even care then?

The “Best There Is”: Honestly, the art is solid. Carlo Pagulayan does a good job keeping all these different versions of characters nuanced and in check, and the art and colors really make for a visually appeasing comic book. That’s pretty much it on the “best” front though.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: The easy complaint is the confusing nature of this event. Like I said about the previous issues, I’m sure it will make a lot more sense once it is out in full. But, the main story is full of nods to obscure universe references and multiple versions of the same character, that it all becomes chaotic before it ever becomes fun to read. Also, the dialogue in the issue is just terrible. Lines like “I can lend a hand!” and “If this power’s yours-then take it!” and “Then push it Superman! If anyone can break free, it’s you!”. That last one was spoken by Batman, and I don’t care what universe or version it is, that is just poor dialogue for that character. Also, as of this issue (and not reading any tie-ins) we still have no idea what really is going on, or what the stakes are. Sure, all these worlds are converging, but it’s hard to grasp any concept beyond that.

FBI Score:

Father Bats and Son Bats meeting was cool, but leaving the actual conversation out was a dumb play. The confusion just outweighs the scope of the story, yet again.

“Convergence #2” earns 6/10

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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