Convergence. Sweet name for a crossover, right? Especially when you’re bringing various universes together. Well done, DC Comics. Yes, DC has announced their next, great, universe-altering comic book crossover, and it is called Convergence. The events of Convergence will be spun out of the events being currently portrayed in the final issues of The New 52: Future’s End and Earth 2: World’s End, so if you read those you might have a better understanding where all this is going, but for the rest of you, you’re going to have to muddle through the complexities of multiverses and timelines it order to get a handle on the situation. Good thing this series isn’t starting till April because you may be required to do some homework on this one.
A joint announcement between DC Comics and USA Today introduced us to Convergence, with a joint interview with co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan Didio appearing in the paper. Succinctly, the miniseries will be a kind of culmination of 80 years of DC Comics history. Brainiac captures several cities from various ended timelines and planets, and deposits them “outside of time and space—on the question mark, just below Earth 29 and above Chaos, on the Map of the Multiverse.” And now my head hurts.
“We’re picking up at points of their lives where we left them and finding out what’s gone on with them since then,” says DiDio about the story. The miniseries will address a lot of questions that fans have had since the launch of The New 52 just over three years ago, questions like “did The Death of Superman still happen” and “where are Donna Troy, Blue Beetle and the Justice Society of America in the New 52?”
“What we’re really addressing is they all exist and have existed and exist within the framework of the New 52,” Lee explains. The art work above reveals that 90s versions of certain characters like Hal Jordan, Steel, and Aquaman may be involved as well as adapted Wildstorm characters like Gen 13. “Convergence is in many ways the most meta epic event we’ve done.”
The series will also introduce a new villain called Telos. He will have a connection to Brainiac and come from the world on question mark that Brainiac created. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is starting to smell a little like Zero Hour to me. If that’s before your time, Zero Hour was a miniseries in 1994 that tried to address some of the inconsistencies created when the universe was rebooted in Crisis on Infinite Earths. Telos sounds suspiciously like another Extant, who I’m surely we’ll learn has some convoluted origin as a character we might have previously met.
So how does all this begin? Convergence will be a nine-part weekly series that runs through April and May of 2015, there will also be 40 brand-new two-part miniseries published along the way. All regular issues of DC Comics will go on hiatus for the balance of the miniseries. Carlo Pagulayan and Stephen Segovia will be doing the art for Convergence while all nine parts will be written by Jeff King. Convergence will be King’s first foray into comics, as he’s mostly known for his TV work on series like White Collar and Continuum.
“Because this involved so much deep lore and fiction from DC Comics, it was great to have someone come in with a fresh set of eyes to look at it and make sure that it’s as open and accessible to all fans,” says DiDio of King’s involvement. “Not just the people who have been reading DC throughout the years.”
So what do we think of Convergence: sound like fun, or are we in for another multiverse headache when it’s over? Sound off with your guesses below.