Convergence #4

convergence #4

Written by: Jeff King 

Art by: Stephen Segovia 

Released: April 29 

It would be nice if DC was content to allow Convergence to serve as a celebration of the company’s past and leave it at that. It’s great to see so much pre-New 52 material in play, but this event isn’t putting it to good use. The core mini-series has become little more than a haphazardly executed sequel to Earth 2: World’s End, and as such doesn’t have enough to offer either Earth 2 fans or general DC lovers.

To be fair, Convergence #4 is the strongest chapter of the series so far in terms of the script. That’s not to say it isn’t burdened by the same familiar slate of problems. The dialogue is too often clunky and unwieldy. The narration tends to be excessive at best and completely unnecessary at worst. But certain elements have improved. For one thing, the pace has picked up considerably since the early issues and their setup-obsessed approach. The Earth 2 heroes participate in plenty of action scenes as they escort Deimos and make their way into the hidden city of Skartaris. Finally, these heroes are becoming more active participants in the conflict.

Convergence isn’t seeing much in the way of net gain as it reaches the halfway mark. This issue picks up the pace and fleshes out the lead villain, but the series is still mired in poor dialogue and characterization. Meanwhile, the visual quality only worsens with so many inkers handling one issue. Things aren’t looking bright for the series in Month 2. In all I would rate this issue a 6/10

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Batman Eternal #4

Batman Eternal #4

Written by: Scott Snyder 

Art by: Dustin Nguyen 

Cover by: Jason Fabok 

Released: April 30, 2014 

A weekly book can be pretty tough. We’ve seen DC try it twice in the past with some mixed results. However, one month into BATMAN ETERNAL, this book feels like it has a good direction and is way more than just another Batman book. If anything, this book should be called “Gotham Eternal” because it covers so much more than what Batman is up to.

The main focus of this story is Barbara dealing with her father’s incarceration after the events of issue #1. The opening courtroom scene is a hard one to read for any James Gordon fan as there seems to be no justice for the character because there’s no real proof that the train crash wasn’t his fault.

Barbara does what any person would do when someone you love and care about is falsely accused of something, beats the heck out of some low level thugs. Well, maybe only vigilantes do that. The reader can easily become empathetic with the character through her struggles here. It’s a very satisfying opening to the book. With that being said I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue. 


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Batman Eternal #3

Batman Eternam #3

Written by: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV

Art by: Jason Fabok 

Cover by: Jason Fabok 

Released: April 23, 2014 

This series is kicking off in a good start. In this issue we see batman trying to figure out who set all this up and made it look like Gordon shot an unarmed man. Batman knows it’s all related to Falcon. Yes he’s back after 5 years of hiding he’s back and he wants to take the city back. We also see the mayor appoint him as the commissioner and that can be a bad thing for batman. 

This issue was really good we see a preview of the war that’s going to be raging for Batman. This issue was suspenseful and intense. The artwork was really good. I like the dark tone they give batman which is rely cool, with all that being said I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue.

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Batman eternal #2

Batman Eternal #2

Written by: Scott Snyder 

Art by: Jay Fabok 

Cover by: Jay Fabok 

Released: April 16, 2015 

The framework of this issue revolves entirely around Jim Gordon and Batman’s attempts to learn the truth about the accident. In that, Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV’s delivery of this issue is quite solid. Throughout this issue, we are introduced to fourteen supporting characters, two villains, and a very surprising character that will have fans talking. These characters are an interesting mix of Gotham citizens, bat-allies, and more.

While we are all too briefly introduced to these characters, it’s clearly a promise that many of these characters will be a priority for this series. It was certainly a fun rush to see all of these characters on display, but it might have been better to hold off on revealing some of them in order to focus more on one or two. This is a weekly series after all, so we really wouldn’t have had to wait that long for other characters to get their spotlight. In all this issue was solid. I would rate this issue a 8.5/10 that’s all for today and as always keep on marveling. 

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Convergence: Aquaman #1

Convergence Aquaman #1

Written by: Tony Bedard 

Art by: Cliff Richards 

Cover by: Becky Cloonan 

Released: April 15, 2015 

The characters of Convergence may be trapped in a bubble, but at least it’s a bubble they find familiar. Unfortunately for Aquaman that’s not quite the case, as the Sea King finds himself stranded in Metropolis when the dome comes down. Tony Bedard and Cliff Richards tackle this literal fish out of water tale, offering a slow yet interesting chapter of loss and isolation. It’s not the most complete of the Convergence titles, but it does serve in offering a unique look at a unique character.

While every super powered hero and their mom find themselves powerless in the wake of the dome’s appearance, Aquaman maintains many of his gifts courtesy of his Atlantean ancestry. Knowing that, Bedard instead focuses his first chapter on the things he did lose, namely his connection with the sea and its countless inhabitants. Hook Hand Aquaman is pretty well known for being on the more crotchety side, but here his aggression and general surliness makes sense. It would have been nice to have seen this struggle more internally rather than through copious blurbs of exposition, but Bedard nevertheless succeeds in giving Aquaman a plight beyond the usual “you fight now!” tendencies of the event. In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for today and as always keep on marveling. 

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Convergence #2

convergence #2

Written by: Jeff King, Scott Lobdell

Art by: Carlo Pagulayan 

Cover by: Joe Prado, Ivan Reis 

Released: April 15, 2015

To bar fair, Convergence #2 does improve on the previous two issues somewhat. The series isn’t quite so burdened by the compulsive need to recap previous events and set the stage for Telos’ forced war of 40 cities. There is a fair amount of rehashing in the early pages as writer Jeff King flashes back to the climax of Earth 2: World’s End and how that world’s Dick Grayson factors into this conflict. It’s redundant to an extent, but it at least paints Dick in a better and more capable light. He seems positioned as the central protagonist of Convergence. If nothing else, King establishes his tragic past and what separates him from the traditional Dick Grayson.

It’s also nice to see the plot actually move forward. The battle between the Earth 2 heroes and Telos is dull, doing little but taking up page space as the characters punch and wrestle with an opponent who clearly can’t be harmed by such conventional means. But after that point, the characters split up and the script focuses on the odd couple team-up between Batman (an aging, grizzled, drug-addicted bruiser) and Dick Grayson (a widower, a pacifist and a journalist) as they venture into one of Telos’ captive cities. The script takes on a more epic tone as the carnage of the war begins erupting around them.

In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Convergence #1

convergence #1

Written by: Jeff King 

Art by: Carlo Pagulayan 

Cover by: Joe Prado 

Released: April 8, 2015 

On that note, this issue starts out well enough for those readers interested in learning what befell the Earth 2 heroes and how they factor into the Convergence conflict. Their inclusion helps make this story feel more relevant than it might otherwise. Convergence is inherently divorced from DC’s ongoing storylines, and without this bridge to their usual publishing catalog it could become too isolated and insular for its own good. After reading these early pages it becomes clear that the relationship between Earth 2 Batman and his planet’s very different Dick Grayson will be a focal point of the mini-series. It’s a solid foundation to build from.

Also intriguing is the brief glimpse of the Injustice: Gods Among Us universe. This issue is the first to explore what transpires after the video game, as Injustice’s Gotham City becomes one of 40 realms dragged into Telos’ grand design. As a fan of the Injustice prequel comic, I’m eager to see where this plot element is leading and whether DC is setting the stage for some sort of comic book continuation. It’s certainly doesn’t look as though WB Games is in a hurry to continue the franchise.

This first issue was a little hard to understand what was going on but it was still a good issue. The artwork in the other hand was amazing. In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Convergence: Speed Force #1

Convergence: Speed Force #1

Written by: Tony Bedard 

Art by: Tom Grummet 

Cover by: Bret Booth 

Released: April 8, 2015 

The first thing that’s noticeable, beyond the smile-inducing opening lines, is that Tom Grummett’s art brings old school sensibilities to the world of Convergence. By the way, “old-school” does not refer to the 1990s sensibilities that have populated a large percentage of DC’s comics for the past several years. Think older, like from the 1960s and 1970s. Grummett’s art seems to be channeling classic Flash artists such as Carmine Infantino and Irv Novick. For a more contemporary example, Howard Porter’s work during the back-half of Geoff Johns’ run springs to mind. Regardless of who it reminds you of, Grummett’s art brings readers into a time when reading DC was a very fun time.

The fun of this issue is aided by Bedard’s handling of one of the more polarizing additions to Wally’s canon – his kids Jai and Irey. Before Flashpoint erased the Wests from continuity, fans were either apathetic or incensed by the inclusion the super-powered juveniles. Here, Bedard manages to write them in a manner that allows the reader to connect with them regardless of age. The emotional journey that Wally and his children have been put through is one similar to the many others featured in Convergence, the difference being that it feels genuine. The theme of “family” was once heavily prominent in the Flash title. The resurgence of that theme here enhances that genuineness.

This issue was great and intertaining. The artworks was good as well. In all I would rate this issue a 7.5/10 that’s all for this issue and as always keep on marveling. 

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Convergence #0

convergence #0

Written by: Dan Jurgens 

Art by: Ethan Van Sciver

Cover by: Marcelo Maiolo, Ethan Van Sciver 

Released: April 1, 2015 

Though Convergence itself looks to largely ignore the main New 52 universe, this issue focuses on New 52 Superman as he finds himself prisoner of Brainiac. As he fights to escape his predicament Superman (and by extension, the reader) learns more about the strange world where Brainiac has gathered 40 bottle cities culled from different universes. The decision to use Superman as the “man on the ground” makes sense, though the execution falls a little flat. 

With the way he stumbles about and makes idle threats to the various incarnations of Brainiac he encounters, he doesn’t come across as especially Superman-ish. And with the way he’s unceremoniously written out of the conflict, it’s enough to wonder why this Superman even appeared in this issue. At the very least, his dialogue needed some fine-tuning. Let’s hope that’s not an indication of what’s to come with the rest of Convergence.

This issue was ok it wasn’t a very exciting issue but a good prologue into the actual convergence event. In all I would rate this issue a 7.5/10 that’s all for today and as always keep on marveling. 

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Batman Eternal #1

Batman eternal #1

Written by: Scott Snyder 

Art by: Jay Fabok

Cover by: Jay Fabok 

Released: April 9, 2014

The first issue places its focus on a very important group: the GCPD. Snyder and Tynion begin by introducing us to new character, Detroit cop Jason Bard. Not only is he a new arrival to the Batman mythos, but to the city of Gotham itself. He is introduced as a character who might be a touch innocent, but one who also has experience and recognizes Gotham as a city of cautious beauty. We are also reintroduced to Major Forbes, a Gotham cop who clearly falls in line with some of the more corrupt elements of the GCPD.

The only Batman book that I have read is the Dark Night Returns and I thought that was good so I thought about reading more Batman Comics. For the first issue it was pretty amazing! This issue quickly grabs your attention and hooks you. This issue was just amazing and the artwork is just as good to! In all I would rate this issue a 8/10 that’s all for this issue! 

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