Guys, I know I was fairly positive about Convergence last week, but Week 2 is just at best remedial, at worst offensive. It's pretty much everything you hate about the 1990s. Just look at this punch-up:
And if it felt a little forced for everyone to be in Gotham on Week 1, at least the city was primed to be a postapocalyptic hell hole. Metropolis, not so much, and in trying to get all the "replacements" there, they strain willing suspension of disbelief to its limit. And they don't even do it right. Batman may have been back when Zero Hour did its minor retcon, but he needn't have been in Metropolis, leaving the field clear for Azrael; so why are they BOTH here? Conversely, where the hell is Superman? He was also back, but his absence is conspicuous. Superboy should be in Hawaii at this point, etc. There's a definite lack of continuity between Weeks 1 and 2, like the way super-tech is handled (sometimes works, sometimes not), and where Week 1's characters had to walk or fly to the other cities, there's a whole lot of teleportation going on this week. And even within the same city, the continuity is paltry. Catwoman is the queen of Suicide Slum in her series (somehow one of the more upbeat and positive of the batch), but it's also overrun by Tobias Whale's forces in Shadow of the Bat.
Ultimately, the failure is in the writing. The worst books of the lot have characters spending an inordinate amount of time saying what the images clearly tell us, recapping events from a single page ago, or making the characters absolute idiots. Steel pulling his punches against Gen13 because they're just kids, taking way too long to realize they're not just kids, but kids with POWERS, comes to mind. Or how about that horrendous Green Arrow meets Connor Hawke scene? So awful. Even the highlight of the batch, Supergirl Matrix by Keith Giffen is, while humorous, an ANGRY kind of humorous, with people shouting at each other with a rather misogynistic streak.
And I'm not letting the art off the hook either. Behind some rather cool covers lies some pretty dreary art. There are exceptions, like Tom Mandrake, Ron Randall and Timothy Green, but even a charmer like June Brigman gets inked to an inch of her artistic life by smudgy Roy Richardson. It's especially apparent in comics that have the Kingdom Come characters in them. The designs looked gorgeous when Alex Ross created them, but it's always been difficult for standard pencils to capture them. They look so awful in most of these books that it often took me a minute to figure out they weren't some Wildstorm atrocities (and we haven't seen Magog's "Image-ish" heroes). So yeah, pretty bad.
Meanwhile, in the core event book, there are shots of Stan Lee's Just Imaginaverse fighting those ridiculous Futures' End cyborgs and losing... I would have much rather seen the former feature in Week 2 proper.
In the interest of positivity and keeping to the format established last week (spoilers ahead), let me still attempt 5 Favorite Moments from Convergence Week 2:
5. Bruce Wayne and