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REVIEW: Convergence #4 – Fight For Survival

By Jeff Ayers

REVIEW: Convergence #4 - Fight For Survival


Writer: Jeff King

Artist: Stephen Segovia and Jason Paz


DC Comics

Well, it only took four issues, but we finally have a true starting point for Convergence. Upping their game ever so slightly, DC and the team of King and Segovia have turned around a faltering, failing story arc into one that may yet have potential. There is still much to gripe about, but “Convergence #4” feels more coherent and solid.

It starts out with Telos giving a long winded speech about the wonders of exposition, like he has in each and every other issue. The character, a physical, sentient embodiment of a planet, has very little conversation skills. The writing for Telos is always dry and forced, but it actually works at the beginning of the book this time. We left the scene of Batman (Thomas Wayne) making the ultimate sacrifice last issue, and The Killing Joke version of The Joker shooting Dick Grayson of Earth 2 in the spine. Telos coming into the story at the beginning, giving a heavy-handed recap actually does a good job of setting the tone for this issue. We actually see his character change slightly, telling Grayson that he is not his enemy, and “could be your god, even” while gifting him some of his planet manipulated “goo” to give Grayson the use of his legs again and superior strength. Seems convenient, but at least there is progress.

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The story picks up with Green Lantern and Deimos and the rest of the heroes trying to infiltrate the center of the planet to gain an upper hand on Telos, and ultimately Brainiac. But they are met with the resistance of Shakira , who has trapped all of the Time Masters. A few “twists” occur, which don’t need to be spoiled here, but they aren’t that hard to figure out if you have been following the main line of this event.

There is a poignant scene in this issue, where a newly powered Dick Grayson tries to reason with the planet avatar of Telos, as to why he must obey his orders from Brainiac. A tried and true plot device, and an existential debate on man, machine and the power each has, so it shines through in this issue. Telos undergoes the most growth so far in this series, and it leads to a few questions on where his allegiances might lie in the following issues.

REVIEW: Convergence #4 - Fight For Survival

The “Best There Is”: Character development is abundant in this issue. Not just Telos, who up until this point has been a severely one dimensional. socially awkward character, but Deimos also makes some developments, as well as Green Lantern. The information given in this issue, along with the story allowing for a more fluid pace, give this the best “comic event” feel of the whole series. (I have heard some good, some bad, feedback of the tie-ins, but I wanted to experience Convergence with only the main line.)

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: This issue felt like the first issue of an event. Finally we get the feeling of urgency, of betrayal, of character development and it elevates the story, and the issue immensely. But, it is almost too little too late. This event is now at the halfway mark, and because of it’s odd choices and story speed bumps, it still is playing catch up. Worlds from across the DC multiverse have been brought together to fight one another for a seemingly unbeatable villain, and it took four issues for the event to seem dire enough to care.

FBI Score: 7 out of 10.

Finally, it feels like the story is on it’s way. Thanks to some character development and story twists and turns, the story begins to feel like a fight for survival among the players involved.  With only four issues left, I hope this upward momentum continues and Convergence ends on a high mark.

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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