Review: Convergence #0

Well, DC’s big event leading into summer has started, with Convergence #0 introducing the concept that will take up two months of your life as you wait for your favorite titles to resume. I try to keep the reviews here as positive as possible, since these are people’s lives. I don’t set out to write a bad review and reserve those for titles from major publishers that are given a lot of hype. Convergeance #0 fits that bill, so good or bad, I was going to review it.

convergence-0CONVERGENCE #0

Written by DAN JURGENS and JEFF KING
Art and cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:10 B&W Variant cover by ETHAN VAN SCIVER
1:25 Variant cover by DARWYN COOKE
1:50 Variant cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER
1:100 Variant cover by ADAM HUGHES

On sale APRIL 1 • 40 pg, FC, $4.99 US RATED T

Where do worlds go when they die?

The Earthquakes felt round the Multiverse, Superman’s lost days after “Doomed,” the World’s End – all these points will converge as the history of the DCU is spun from a new perspective, the perspective of a mad god and his arrogant child. The biggest story in DC history ties into literally every DC story ever told – and it all begins here.

Kingdom Come, Red Son, Wild West Justice League, Captain Carrot and the Zoo Crew – all the worlds you remember can still be found on Telos. Everything matters. Every story matters.

Don’t miss the start of DC’s April/May 2015 event with this special issue!

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Review:

I will never get this time back. The story is convoluted and confusing. Apparently, Brainiac is the villain behind Convergence, but if the hero is meant to be Superman of the New52, then I really worry about these cities in the “Convergence dome.”  Apparently Brainiac took Superman to this dimension and left him trussed up there while he went off to recover the New52 Earth for his collection of worlds that have existed but don’t any longer. Everything is explained to Superman by the intelligence that takes the form of every Brainiac that has ever existed. Then they fight. It’s a story with a horrible structure that has Superman demanding to be sent home like a petulant child, and lashing out when he doesn’t get his way. Don’t think for a second that Superman will lead the Justice League back to help all of the cities, because his memory of it is wiped. Apparently, I just spent five dollars on an ad for two months worth of books where heroes from realities fight each other to prove that their world deserves to exist.

Ethan Van Sciver does an admirable job of making the story as interesting as possible, but laden with a script this flawed, his job is essentially salvage. He apparently did his research, including versions of Brainiac that I had forgotten. If I have to nitpick, colorist Marcelo Maiolo goofs up in coloring Legion HQ, but again, that’s nitpicking, he does a perfectly fine job.

If I weren’t a die-hard Legion fan, I’d ignore the next two months of DC Comics, based solely on this book. There seems to be no real reason for it, nor for the hype about it. This is not the way to launch a major event.