Not that Week 4 is perfect. I'm a huge Golden Age fan, but never got into Infinity Inc. or later JSA stories. So the Earth-2 of 1985? Not quite the one I love. Still, happy to see the characters, mind you. Earth-X is also populated by Golden Age characters, but I'm not sure the creative team is following the rules when it revamps the Silver Ghost. Aren't universes meant to be "saved" as they were before any retcons? This version of Earth-X isn't quite the one we explored in pre-Crisis continuity, even before the dome went up. This is a comic where Plastic Man sodomizes a Nazi with a foot-long hot dog, after all. Earth-X via Pat Mills, or something. And who thought it was a good idea to give the Charlton heroes to Scott Lobdell? (Or even to give Lobdell a job at all, but that's a fight for another day.) The Blue Beetle book has its moments - Lobdell can occasionally amuse - but the writing is mostly terrible.
But it's certainly not all bad. Week 4 has a better track record than Weeks 2 and 3, I think, with Shazam! coming out as the best (it's the Parker/Shaner/Bellaire team that does Flash Gordon, what do you expect?), strong human moments for the JSA, using Scribbly to tell the 7 Soldiers of Victory story in World's Finest, Dan Jurgens continuing his Booster Gold story, and the first comics to actually make me care about Infinity Inc. and the Crime Syndicate. So I'm pretty sure it'll be the lowest-selling week in the entire event. That tracks.
This time, it was a lot harder keep the list of My 5 Favorite Moments of the Week to five, but let's give it a try anyway:
5. Superwoman's guilt and regret as she sits on death row. The issue paints pre-Crisis Earth-3's villains as criminals on par with the Flash's Rogues, NOT as the psychopaths they've been since the Earth 2 graphic novel, and I, for one, find that refreshing.
I'm not sure whether continuing this weekly series of posts is necessary as second issues of each come out in May; I guess it'll depend on their content. But come back tomorrow, Convergence fans and foes, I'll write something about the Convergence aftermath.