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 Lanter (Alan Scott)
Creators: Dan Abnett (writer), Claude St. Aubin (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.

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.