The 40 2-issue mini-series have lived and died according to the talents involved, and this week, Shazam! is once again the high-water mark, just beautiful, while most of the rest have been merely okay despite their strong showing on Week 5. I don't want, or need, to get into it too much. But the main Convergence series, well...
It's really a bad case of missed opportunities. Lame spoilers ahead.
Convergence #8 plays out like this big multiversal Crisis in which Brainiac returns to promise everyone will be returned to their own universes. What he really seems to mean is that they'll return to time lines about to be extinguished. And though a few have to go back to the Crisis on Infinite Earths to give their lives - Flash and Supergirl, of course, but also Parallax and absurdly, pre-Flushpoint Superman with wife and child - to "reset" the Multiverse lest it collapse into a single universe again, there isn't REALLY any kind of visible reset, or reboot, or anything that seems to change the New52 time line. In fact, what the art shows is the original Earths becoming the Earths we see in The Multiversity Handbook.
Because I don't think it's accurate to say, as DC seems to have promised, and Newsarama claims in its analysis, that the other timelines are now "open" and "continuing" as alternate Earths (though the spots Morrison left as "?" on his map could have housed them). If that's the intent, it's certainly NOT what the art above seems to imply. "Each world has evolved, but they still all exist." Yes, Earth-1 continuity still exists... AS NEW52 CONTINUITY! Maybe I'm wrong, and one can go back down "hypertime" to former continuity, so what? It's only a symbolic gesture, so long as there are no series to continue those stories. Well, Newsarama says that "in coming months, according to DiDio's statement, readers could see comics about everything from pre-Crisis Earth 2 Justice Society to pre-Flashpoint Question". Sounds like they're jumping to conclusions there, and it's really NOT AS CLEAR AS THEY SAY that those continuities can still be accessed or will. Not at all. The truth is probably that DC will give itself permission to create projects that, like their digital comics, explore older or entirely new continuities (series like Prez and Bat-Mite certainly seem to be outside mainstream continuity), without feeling the need to catalog every Earth. Which is fine by me, but seems absurd after they've had Morrison go to the trouble of doing just that!
The Multiversity is also at the root of another missed opportunity, and that's of seeing Justice Incarnate, the self-appointed guardians of the Multiverse who banded together to take care of any future Crisis at the end of the event. Where are THEY when the Multiverse is threatened with collapse by the Telos planet trying to pierce through to Earth-0?
And hey, Convergence made a big deal out of Telos' true identity, but then never revealed who he originally was, did it? Groan. Ok, well, at least we'll always have Jeff Parker's Shazam...
*Sneak Peek: Justice League United does refer to "anomalies" caused by the Cosmic Convergence which must be dealt with lest the universe is destroyed, but if that's DC admitting the event DID cause retcons, it's never made clear in the event itself.