Monday, 27 April 2015

Convergence: Detective Comics #1 Preview

Saving the very best for last (at least to the interests of this blog), we now get to the preview we've all been waiting for: Detective Comics #1 fronted by the one and only Classic Helena Wayne and Dick Grayson of the pre-Crisis Earth-2!

I really don't see how the current New 52 versions of these two characters are going measure up to the originals as the heirs of Bruce Wayne considering how very far apart they are from each other in the current continuity. Not only is Helena Wayne the only legitimate successor of her father as the Huntress, but the current Earth-2 Grayson is so far removed from his own history, the decision to make him the new Earth-2 Batman literally makes no sense. He was never raised by Bruce in the current continuity, and never received any of the formal training that the pre-Crisis original got. He's also a complete stranger to Helena in the current continuity that having him continue her father's legacy is nothing short of continuing a male usurpation of a story that belongs to her.

I'd honestly feel better about the latter development if the current version of Grayson actually had his original Earth-2 history with Helena Wayne. Making him a last minute protégé of the last usurper in the cowl--Helena's own now-deceased grandfather--doesn't make him a more logical heir to her father's legacy than Helena herself. Ironically, Dick thinking of taking up the mantle of Batman is very much the story of the Detective Comics Convergence tie-in!

Preview from CBR.

Convergence: Action Comics #1 Preview

It seems to me that everyone who has worked on a Superman Convergence title understands the iconicity of Superman and his co-star (and wife) Lois Lane. From Dan Jurgens on Superman #1 to now Justin Gray here with Action Comics #1, it's been consistently acknowledged that the relationship between Lois Lane and Clark Kent is both unrivalled and irreplaceable. They're an iconic fictional couple whose story has touched millions of people over a span of seven decades, it's no surprised they've stood the test of time.

Here to preview Action Comics #1 for Convergence, we now get to introduce the original Golden Age Superman of the pre-Crisis Earth-2 continuity and the first Super marriage in existence!

Preview from Crave Online.

Convergence: Infinity Inc #1 Preview

Today, DC Comics released the remainder of their pre-Crisis Earth-2 Convergence tie-ins, beginning with this week's preview for Infinity Inc by Jerry Ordway and Ben Caldwell!

Here's your chance to meet the original daughter of Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, Hippolyta Trevor, also known as the heroine, Fury! Joining Lyta are the rest of the children of the Justice Society from Jade and Obsidian (Alan Scott's children) to Hector Hall (Hawkman's son) as the Infinitors!

Preview from AV Club.

Convergence: World's Finest Comics #1 Preview

It's no surprise I haven't been a fan of Paul Levitz' work in the New 52 since it was pretty subpart compared to the work he did in the past. Believe me when I say it was one of those things that caught me completely off guard considering how influential his earlier work was for the Justice Society franchise in the later decades.

The Levitz we're getting in this World's Finest Comics preview is definitely not the Levitz we've been getting in the New 52 of the last three years. This actually looks more maturely written, better thought out, and better paced than the New 52 namesake. Either the New 52 was really not his cup of tea, doesn't work well with bad editors (which seems very likely in this case), excels best writing short self-contained stories, or all of the above. In either case, what we're getting in this preview looks MILES better than what we got in the last three years.

Check it out, courtesy of DC Comics!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Convergence: The New Teen Titans #1 Review

Title: Convergence: The New Teen Titans #1
Story: Opposing Truths
Characters: Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Starfire (Princess Koriand'r), Wonder Girl (Donna Troy), Cyborg (Victor Stone), Beast Boy (Garfield Logan), Kole Weathers, Jericho (Joey Wilson)
Creators: Marv Wolfman (writer), Nicola Scott (artist)
Publication Date: April 2015
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: In the Domed pre-Crisis Gotham City of 1985, Donna Troy is updating her boyfriend (husband?) Terry on her status from the Titans' current headquarters. She states that crime is low, and that the Teen Titans haven't really gotten together all that much with so little to do. Out patrolling in Gotham are the newly married Nightwing and Starfire who caught sight of a botched robbery that resulted in a couple of deaths. This angers Starfire who fires at the perpetrators, much to Nightwing's shock.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Convergence: Justice Society of America #1 Preview

Earth-2 JSA fans! Our week is almost here and what better way to end this week than with a preview of Convergence: Justice Society of America #1?

Checkout the preview behind the cut, courtesy of Mancave Daily!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Convergence: Wonder Woman #1 Review

Title: Convergence: Wonder Woman #1
Story: I Sung of Chaos and Eternal Night
Characters: Wonder Woman (Diana Prince), Steve Trevor, Etta Candy
Creators: Larry Hama (writer), Joshua Middleton (artist)
Publication Date: April 2015
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: The year is 1985, the city is Gotham, and the world is Earth-1 prior to the skies turning red, kickstarting the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths. Just before that Crisis could begin, this version of Gotham was sealed up in a dome and brought to the planet of Telos where its inhabitants remained ever since. Amongst the people trapped inside are Diana Prince, Steve Trevor, and Etta Candy.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Convergence: Catwoman #1 Review

Title: Convergence: Catwoman #1
Story: Down The Rabbit Hole
Characters: Catwoman (Selina Kyle)
Creators: Justin Gray (writer), Ron Randall (artist)
Publication Date: April 2015
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: It's a normal night in Metropolis circa 1994, and Catwoman is out to steal a new payday, in this case, a $40 million diamond necklace with matching earrings from an heiress. Also out to collect a payday is a group of amateur kidnappers looking to abduct the same heiress for ransom. Catwoman ends up rescuing the heiress from the kidnappers, but the police arrive before she is able to steal the diamond necklace and earrings she came for. Catwoman gets away but laments having made such a long trip just to leave empty-handed. Just as she thinks about that, a dome appears over the city, trapping everyone inside.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Convergence: Harley Quinn #1 Review

Title: Convergence: Harley Quinn #1
Story: Down The Rabbit Hole
Characters: Harley Quinn (Harleen Quinzel), Poison Ivy (Pamela Isley), Catwoman (Selina Kyle)
Creators: Steve Pugh (writer), Phil Winslade (artist)
Publication Date: April 2015
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: It's a normal day in Gotham when Harley Quinn and her pet hyenas (Bud and Lou) break into the Gotham City Museum of Art to steal a hyena skull covered in diamonds. Harley rationalises the robbery as making a point about the insurance company denying permission to exhibit animal skulls reminiscent of some of Gotham's most dangerous criminals, but allowing the exhibit of a hyena skull, an animal easily associated with the Joker. A brawl takes place between Harley's henchman (the Quintets?) and the Gotham City police, and together they tear down the place. Everything starts to go down hill for everyone involved.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Convergence: Batgirl #1 Review

Title: Convergence: Batgirl #1
Story: The Love Song of Stephanie Brown
Characters: Batgirl (Stephanie Brown), Black Bat (Cassandra Cain), Red Robin (Tim Drake), Catman (Thomas Blake)
Creators: Alisa Kwitney (writer), Rick Leonardi (artist)
Publication Date: April 2015
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: Tim Drake, Cassandra Cain, and Stephanie Brown are all found in the middle of a desert. Out of the three, only Stephanie Brown is awake--seemingly on watch duty--and the other two heroes are asleep. Stephanie needs a bathroom break and wakes up Cassandra to keep an eye on things while she 'goes to find a bush.' Tim wakes up as well and asks where she's going, only to find out she just needs a bathroom break. Tim asks Cassandra why Stephanie was chosen as their champion specifically when she doesn't have the level of experience they both have for handling these types of situations. Cassandra thinks it's because out of the three, Stephanie is the least predictable.