Obviously, Convergence's major draw is that it brings back DC's pre-Flashpoint continuity, fans of which have been DC's most vocal detractors over the past three years (AKA the New52 era), myself included. People who wanted to see Oracle, Steph Brown, Wally West, the married Superman, and other pre-Flashpoint icons will, indeed, get what they wanted. But not entirely... See, the premise requires two things that subvert the return of the pre-Flashpoint universe:
1) That only one city per continuity could been saved, which means various heroes have clumsily been shuffled to Gotham City and are out of their normal environment and at least some of their supporting cast (Wally, Superman, the female members of the Justice League, and the Titans).
And 2) they've all been living in a domed city, where their powers do not work, for a year before the action starts, so they've all been changed by this survivalist experience (some have quit the hero business, others have gone mad, or forged new relationships, etc.).
So these are not necessarily the heroes you remember. Close, but not exactly. And if you DON'T remember them, there are pre-Flashpoint recaps at the back. And while we may be getting characters we remember, but they're not necessarily in the type of stories they're remembered FOR. There's a war going on and they are all thrust into it (and of course, each book must contain the redundant call to arms from Telos). From these 10 comics, I'm hopeful the books will at least address some dangling plot lines left over after whatever Crisis interrupted them. Was Barbara and Dick's relationship going somewhere? What was next for Lois and Clark? Will the Atom get revenge on Deathstroke for Ryan Choi's death? Can Arsenal deal with the death of his daughter? And so on.
And while I do think a few of the comics feature rougher art and writers I've never heard of, others do showcase talent I enjoy, like Dan Jurgens & Lee Weeks (Superman), Tom Grummett (Speed Force), Gail Simone & Jan Duursema (Nightwing and Oracle), and others.
And now for some the spoilery(ish) bit - look away if that matters to you - here are my 5 Favorite Moments from Convergence Week 1:
5. Steph Brown finds it difficult to go to the bathroom in a superhero costume (shows the character's real world charm can't be stopped by event-itis)