Saturday, 30 May 2015

Convergence: Detective Comics #2 Review

Title: Convergence: Detective Comics #2
Story: Powers and Responsibilities
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Robin (Dick Grayson)
Creators: Len Wein (writer), Denys Cowan (artist)
Publication Date: May2015
Available In: Print Digital

Summary: Having blown up the Batmobile, Helena Wayne was expecting to go up in flame with it (as appears to be characteristic of the Earth-2 Waynes lately), but she actually survives, courtesy of the Red Son Superman. Despite the fact that her 'enemy' just saved her life, Helena still does not feel as though she can trust the Red Son Superman and continues to threaten to kill him even if she gives her last breath doing so.

Friday, 29 May 2015

Convergence: Action Comics #2 Review

Title: Convergence: Action Comics #2
Story: Powers and Responsibilities
Characters: Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Superman (Clark Kent), Lois Lane, Andrew Vinson
Creators: Justin Gray (writer), Claude St. Aubin (artist)
Publication Date: May 2015
Available In: Print Digital

Summary: After Telos announces his death match, Kara gets back into her Power Girl clothes and shares a brief intimate moment with her boyfriend, Andrew Vinson. Andrew is not comfortable with her going to this battle alone, but she is confident she and the rest of the Earth-2 heroes will pull through and win. She reassures him that she and Kal-L have faced far worse crises than the one they're in now. She kisses Andrew goodbye and flies off to fight the champion she's been pitted against.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Convergence: Justice Society of America #2 Review

Title: Convergence: Justice Society of America #2
Story: One Last Time
Characters: Flash (Jay Garrick), Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson), Hawkman (Carter Hall), Green Lantern (Alan Scott)
Creators: Dan Abnett (writer), Tom Derenick (artist)
Publication Date: May 2015
Available In: Print Digital

Summary: With the arrival of Qward's war machine that they appropriately call 'the weapon,' the four present heroes of the Justice Society accept the challenge and go off to fight it.

In the middle of Metropolis, the weapon is tearing the city asunder, and the citizens of Metropolis are seen fleeing for their lives. Charging ahead is the mighty Justice Society who work together to both protect the fleeing masses, and figure out a way to keep the weapon from doing more damage. Alan Scott shields the people of Metropolis from debris with his power ring, Carter Hall slams some cars out of the way, Jay Garrick grabs any people he can and gets them away from the danger, and Kent Nelson uses his magic to put out the conflagration the weapon started.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Convergence: Infinity Inc #2 Review

Title: Convergence: Infinity Inc #2
Story: The Family Business
Characters: Fury (Hippolyta Trevor), Jade (Jennifer-Lynn Hayden), Obsidian (Todd Rice), Silver Scarab (Hector Hall), Star-Spangled Kid (Sylvester Pemberton), Northwind (Norda Cantrell)
Creators: Jerry Ordway (writer), June Brigman (artist)
Publication Date: May 2015
Available In: Print Digital

Summary: Since the majority of this issue is the battle between Infinity Inc and the Dogs of War, this is going to be a very short summary since there's not a whole lot to describe about the battle itself, and there aren't as many individual character story arcs here like there were in issue #1. On the bright side, however, there is still a longer detailed review ahead!

Picking up where issue #1 left off, the Dogs of War struck first and Infinity Inc's team leader, Sylvester Pemberton, was immediately incapacitated. Seeing this as their cue to attack, Lyta Trevor briefly assumes the leadership hat and commands the rest of the Infinitors to attack, prompting them all but Brainwave Jr (who is catatonic) to charge for battle.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Convergence: Infinity Inc #1 Review

Title: Convergence: Infinity Inc #1
Story: The Family Business
Characters: Fury (Hippolyta Trevor), Jade (Jennifer-Lynn Hayden), Obsidian (Todd Rice), Silver Scarab (Hector Hall), Star-Spangled Kid (Sylvester Pemberton), Northwind (Norda Cantrell)
Creators: Jerry Ordway (writer), Ben Caldwell (artist)
Publication Date: April 2015
Available In: Print Digital

Summary: The story begins with a Metropolis production of William Shakespeare's The Tempest, starring Jennifer-Lynn Hayden (Jade) as Miranda, Prospero's daughter. Attending the play are her fellow Infinity Inc teammates, Hippolyta Trevor (Fury) and her boyfriend, Hector Hall (Silver Scarab), Sylvester Pemberton (Star-Spangled Kid), and presumably Albert Rothstein (Nuklon), and Jenny-Lynn's brother, Todd Rice (Obsidian) though they are not seen on the page.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Convergence: Justice Society of America #1 Review

Title: Convergence: Justice Society of America #1
Story: Society
Characters: Flash (Jay Garrick), Doctor Fate (Kent Nelson), Hawkman (Carter Hall),  Green Lantern (Alan Scott)
Creators: Dan Abnett (writer), Tom Derenick (artist)
Publication Date: April 2015
Available In: Print Digital

Summary: It's a regular day in domed Earth-2 Metropolis, and GBC's Alan Scott is on the air at MPSB radio delivering the news. At least what passes for news in a domed city. At one of the local hospitals, Jay Garrick pays a visit to his old friend, Dr. Kent Nelson, who is lying in a coma. He updates the unconscious Kent on his life and how hard it's been for him to adjust to old age. As a man used to always being up to speed, he's not happy that it takes him 45 minutes to get out of a bath or that arthritis makes it difficult for him to do the things he used to do with ease. Things such as climbing a flight of stairs, remembering names, remembering where he puts things, normal, standard stuff.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Convergence: Action Comics #1 Review

Title: Convergence: Action Comics #1
Story: Powers and Responsibilities
Characters: Power Girl (Kara Zor-L), Superman (Clark Kent), Lois Lane, Andrew Vinson
Creators: Justin Gray (writer), Claude St. Aubin (artist)
Publication Date: April 2015
Available In: Print Digital

Summary: A year has passed in Earth-2 Metropolis since the dome came down on the city at the start of the onslaught of Crisis on Infinite Earths in 1985. Despite being contained within an artificial bubble, the people of Metropolis carry on with their daily lives as best they can, remaining optimistic that all will come to a pass. During this time, Daily Star reporter Clark Kent has outed himself as Superman and continues to be a popular figure in Metropolis.

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Convergence: Detective Comics #1 Review

Title: Convergence: Detective Comics #1
Story: Powers and Responsibilities
Characters: Huntress (Helena Wayne), Robin (Dick Grayson)
Creators: Len Wein (writer), Denys Cowan (artist)
Publication Date: April 2015
Available In: Print | Digital

Summary: It is spring on Earth-30's Moscow, and the day is National Superman Day. Just as the Red Son Superman flies around town, greeting all who see him out on the street, a dome falls upon their city, and he is suddenly powerless.

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.