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REVIEW: Convergence #3 – Where Are Your Friends?

By Jeff Ayers

REVIEW: Convergence #3 - Where Are Your Friends?

 

Writer – Jeff King

Artist – Stephen Segovia and Jason Paz

$3.99

DC Comics

Issue # 3 of the main line of the Convergence event has action and consequence going for it. Honestly, some well placed action sequences are welcomed to this series that has had very little of that thus far, but it still isn’t enough to save the issue.

We pick up with the return of Deimos, and the plan to have Green Lantern, Val-Zod Superman, Yolanda and Flash venture into the bowels of the planet to find whatever it is that will stop Telos. This has been such a drag through the last few issues, with Green Lantern sensing something underneath the planet, and Deimos confirming that he found something that can defeat their foe. But their is no new information, and it all feels like a big carrot on a stick.  Just as they are about to set out, a bunch of drones come to stop them, and some well paced action takes place.

But the dialogue is just terrible once again. The conversations between characters seem forced and hollow, and the introduction of different character types as well as the constant dull, flat delivery of Telos just stop the story in its tracks. We see Telos go to the bottled city of Kandor, because they refuse to fight at his request. Nightwing steps up to rally the citizens of the city, but after some boring postulation from Telos, he wipes the entire city out in a sweep of his arm. The significance of DC destroying that city isn’t lost on the reader, even me, but it sure feels like a kick in the face, and done very deliberately.

Batman (Thomas Wayne) and Dick Grayson show up to help the heroes in the throes of battling the drones, and buy them the time they need to venture into the planet. Batman stays behind and so does Grayson, but for different reasons. Grayson knows that Batman must have something planned if he is staying, and Batman explains he doesn’t want to slow the others down. Also, a bunch of bad guys show up, hot on the tail of the Batwing they flew in on.

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REVIEW: Convergence #3 - Where Are Your Friends?

SPOILERS

Batman fights off the baddies as Dick Grayson gets briefly taken from the battle. As Batman draws them in and seems defeated, he activates a bomb, detonating the entire area and neutralizing everything and everyone, save Grayson. This is the death of Thomas Wayne.

I actually laughed. Not because the character doesn’t mean as much to me as true fans of the post Flashpoint Thomas Wayne, but because of how his death was handled on the page. He died much like a C-list hero, or a B-list villain might go out. It was very matter of fact, kinda quick and for a purpose. Then, to add another level of boredom to the scene, Dick Grayson plays narrator as he lays out the events of Thomas Wayne’s life leading up to that sacrifice. Seriously, way to suck all the air out of an otherwise pivotal and emotional scene for fans of the character.

Finally, the twist in the issue is the reveal that all time manipulators that have been to Vanishing Point are being rounded up and kept off the playing field. Obviously this is the true turn of events that will give the heroes a ray of hope in defeating Telos, but it is so heavy handed and leaves not much to reveal in the mid way point next issue.

The “Best There Is”: After Batman sacrifices himself to stop the bad guys, Dick Grayson is met by the Joker, and not just any version. This is The Killing Joke version of the clown prince of crime, and he wastes no time shooting Grayson just like he shot Barbara Gordon in that series. It is quick, but it is a haunting and chilling sequence that is the first time I felt the characters were done right. Then Telos breaks The Joker’s neck, proclaiming that all versions are a plague on the universe.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: Once again, the dialogue is the worst part of this issue. It just rips you right off the page, and doesn’t allow your imagination to truly take hold. Also, even though the action sequences were welcome, they felt forced and the issue on a whole was paced to feel like it was working it’s way to the mid-point, with no sense of adventure in storytelling. The deaths were definitely full of consequences to the DC universe, but they all didn’t have enough feeling or remorse to give them any weight. Also, in the middle of the book, Green Lantern calls the enemy “Tellos”, showing even the editors don’t really care about producing a quality story.

FBI Score: 6 out of 10

Hopefully, with the midway point happening next issue, the story will pick up a little bit more. Action is exciting, but it can’t save the day. At this point it begs the question: can anything save this series?

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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