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Convergence (comics)

Convergence
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Promotional art for the series.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
Schedule Weekly
Format Limited series
Genre
Publication date April – May [[2015 in comics#REDIRECTmw:Help:Magic words#Other
This page is a soft redirect.2015]]
Number of issues 8, plus a 0 issue
Main character(s) Batman
Superman
Wonder Woman
Brainiac
Telos
Creative team
Writer(s) Jeff King
Artist(s) Ethan Van Sciver
Jason Paz
Carlo Pagulayan

Convergence is a two-month weekly limited series, published by DC Comics, that ran from April 2015 to May 2015. Convergence spins out of the final issues of the weekly series, Earth 2: World's End and The New 52: Futures End. The story involves Brainiac collecting cities and inhabitants from various timelines that have ended, trapping them in domes on a planet outside of time and space and opening them up to see what happens. Notable during this event is the return of DC characters from before the 2011 "Flashpoint" storyline that led to the creation of The New 52 DC Universe.

Publication history

In April 2014, Dan Didio, co-publisher of DC Comics announced that the weekly comic series that were currently being published (or soon to be published in the case of The New 52: Futures End and Earth 2: World's End), would be ending in the last week of March 2015, with Batman Eternal going on an unspecified hiatus.[1]

On November 3, 2014, DC Comics announced the Convergence miniseries. The event would serve as a concluding event to The New 52: Futures End and Earth 2: World's End, and would involve characters from the pre-"Flashpoint" universe, including Brainiac, who had gained access to all of DC Comics' current and previous timelines and universes after torturing the location of Vanishing Point out of Booster Gold in Booster Gold: Future's End #1.[2] Conceived as a weekly series in April and May 2015, Convergence will begin with a #0 issue and run for eight issues. Additionally, DC Comics also announced that during the storyline, all regular comics will be put on hiatus and replaced with 40 different two-part tie-in miniseries, featuring a variety of characters from throughout DC's entire publishing history.[3]

Throughout November 2014, DC Comics began announcing each of these tie-ins in blocks of 10 in tandem with various websites. The list of titles includes a vast array of creators, many of whom have a previous association with the pre-New 52 versions of characters. Each comic will involve different DC characters under Brainiac's domes being forced to contend with the invasion of multiverse characters, such as those from pre-"Flashpoint",[4] "Zero Hour",[5] Tangent,[6] and pre-"Crisis on Infinite Earths" timelines.[7]

Plot

Background

Over a number of decades in the 20th century, DC Comics reimagined its staple characters and concepts and acquired comic book properties from rival publishers. Classic characters which had been replaced were then brought back, and explained as residing on Earth-Two, while those of other publishers lived on fanciful worlds such as Earth-S and Earth-X. This storytelling device, positing an infinite "Multiverse" of worlds full of heroes and villains, fed many DC stories for some time. In 1985 however, DC chose to simplify its continuity with a crossover story called Crisis on Infinite Earths, in which all of the Multiverse was combined into a single world with one amalgamated history. Subsequent "crisis" storylines have seen reality threatened and reshaped again, often as a way of adjusting the fictional history of the setting of DC's stories. Stories like this include Zero Hour: Crisis in Time (1994); Infinite Crisis (2004), which brought back the Multiverse concept, this time with 52 finite worlds; Final Crisis (2008), in which the destruction of the Multiverse was narrowly arverted; and Flashpoint (2011), which resulted in the 52-world Multiverse resetting, and bringing about the contemporary setting of DC Comics, published until Convergence under the branding "The New 52". The Grant Morrison comic book The Multiversity (2014–2015) also explored the complete meta-history of the Multiverse in further depth, and mapped out a majority of the 52 worlds which make it up since Flashpoint.

In the run-up to Convergence, DC published two weekly series, Earth 2: Worlds End and The New 52: Futures End, which led directly into the crossover story. Additionally, the 2014 Futures End Booster Gold one-off comic depicts the classic Superman villain Brainiac, having assimilated his parallel counterparts from across the Multiverse, extracting from time travelling hero Booster Gold the location of Vanishing Point, a moment at the end of the universe from which all of history, including prior to each of DC's crises, can be accessed. From there, he sets about collecting various cities on various worlds prior to those worlds' destruction; he attempts to do this to a possible future of DC's main New 52 setting in the narrative of Futures End, but is narrowly defeated by that world's combined heroes and imprisoned.

Main story

Spinning out of the events of Earth 2: Worlds End, the heroes of Earth 2—Batman (Thomas Wayne), Superman (Val-Zod), Green Lantern (Alan Scott), and the Flash (Jay Garrick)—find themselves thrust onto the desert landscape of the planet Telos, along with Yolanda Montez (a former host for the power of the Red, the collective animal life force of Earth 2) and reporter Dick Grayson. There they encounter what appears to be the villain Brainiac, whose shape changes from panel to panel to reflect different incarnations of Brainiac from over the years; it is later revealed that this character is Telos, an envoy of Brainiac who is the living embodiment of the planet, who waits his master's return. Just as their world was about to be destroyed by Darkseid, the Earth 2 heroes (known as the Wonders of the World) were miraculously transported to Telos, where Brainiac, who combined with and assimilated his incarnations from across the Multiverse, has captured and stored many cities from across the entire history of the Multiverse, spanning various eras of DC Comics' publishing history, along with the settings of many of its popular Elseworlds graphic novels. After a brief skirmish with the heroes, and wondering what purpose his master Brainiac envisioned for this world of forgotten cities, Telos enacts a plan to make all the captive heroes and villains of the Multiverse fight each other for supremacy.

These battles are shown in various two-part issues during the two-month Convergence series of comic books. Meanwhile, the Earth 2 heroes investigate their setting, and Yolanda Montez discovers she has residual animal-like abilities, such as sharp claws and reflexes, from her time as an avatar. While investigating the planet, Batman partners with Dick and enters a version of Gotham City, surmising he will know his way to the Batcave. He enters the pre-Flashpoint Gotham on the former Earth-0 (the primary setting of DC stories prior to its New 52 relaunch) where Thomas Wayne, who became Batman following the death of his son, and Earth-0's Batman, Bruce Wayne, share an emotional encounter with one another. Bruce lends Thomas his Batmobile, but they are pursued out of the city by some of Gotham's villains. Thomas Wayne kills himself with an explosive device, taking the villains with him. Recognising from what he has seen on Telos that on many worlds he is either a Batman himself or closely connected with Batman, the mournful Dick Grayson picks up one of Thomas's Batarangs and decides to follow in his footsteps.

Alan Scott uses his powers as an Avatar of the Earth to learn that deep within the planet Telos is the preserved world of Skartaris (the setting of classic The Warlord comic books) where they encounter Warlord's nemesis Deimos, who promises the heroes he can defeat Telos. The Wonders soon learn however that Deimos has systematically captured the powerful time traveller group, the Time Masters, as well as extremely powerful time travellers such as Monarch, and Per Degaton. He absorbs their collective power and uses it to summon Brainiac (imprisoned in a T-sphere in The New 52: Futures End). Deimos banishes Brainiac, and reveals to Telos that he is not the planet incarnate, but a mortal who was transformed into a Brainiac-like creature when Brainiac ravaged his homeworld to create a storage world for his captured cities. Telos, shocked, vanishes, and Deimos declares himself the planet's ruler. Using his near-infinite power, he tells the captives of the planet that will protect their lives for a price.

As this is happening, planet Telos manifests physically in DC's contemporary main setting of Earth-0, where Superman, Supergirl, Guy Gardner and the Red Lanterns, the space-faring Justice League United and the main Justice League all watch on with amazement. Even all-powerful beings such as Nix Uotan, the guardian of the Multiverse, the evil god Darkseid and the cosmic being known as Oracle do not fully fathom the events they are witnessing. Meanwhile, on Telos, the Earth 2 heroes encounter several pre-Flashpoint heroes (Superman, Red Arrow, Batgirl (Stephanie Brown), Donna Troy and the Flash (Wally West)), with whom they form a stronger team. Superman tells Dick Grayson he heard his interactions with Telos, and knowing the Dick of his world, places faith in him that he can recruit Telos to their side to challenge Deimos. The two Flashes, Jay and Wally, begin to search Telos for other Flashes, and add the original Flash (Barry Allen) from the Silver Age of Comic Books to their team. They are soon joined by versions of heroes and villains from comics published in every decade of DC's history and plan to overpower Deimos.

However, Deimos reveals he has recruited various villainous and misguided DC characters to defend him in exchange for giving them their deepest desires, including characters from the Flashpoint apocalyptic timeline, the Kingdom Come graphic novel, the Marvel Comics-inspired Extremists and the classic Golden Age Crime Society of Earth-Three. However, when Yolanda reveals to the villains that they are being used by Deimos, who wants them to die to grant him "the magic of death" to remake the Multiverse in his own image (knowing this has happened several times in DC's publishing history), the two teams unite. Telos, convinced by Dick to fight for the heroes, battles it out with Deimos, and weakens him, and then Deimos is finally destroyed by the Parallax version of Hal Jordan from the Zero Hour storyline. This inadvertently releases all the energy of the Time Masters into the world, creating an arc of lightning which escapes Telos into the space of DC's main Earth-0 setting, striking the omniscient Oracle character, who breaks up. As he dies, Oracle explains that the whole of reality is coming apart, as in previous DC crises.

Seeing no other solution, the time traveller Waverider summons Brainiac back, who reveals he was the pre-Flashpoint Brainiac, who, surviving that event, sought to explore the history of the Multiverse, but became caught in that history and mutated by the effects of the previous crises. He realizes what a monster he has become and wishes to put things right. He prepares to send everyone back where they came from, but is prevented by the damaging effects of the original crisis in Crisis on Infinite Earths. The heroes resolve to change the outcome of that Crisis. As Brainiac sends Supergirl and Barry Allen back to meet their fates in the original Crisis story, pre-Flashpoint Superman and Zero Hour Parallax (seeking redemption) volunteer to go with them, changing the outcome of the crisis. Brainiac explains that this has brought changes to the Multiverse, causing everything to "return to what it was before I [Brainiac] brought you here." The old worlds of the classic Multiverse live on in the modernised forms depicted in The Multiversity.[8] The Earth-2 team are left behind on the planet but Telos, the man, transports the planet into Earth-2's universe. He appears in the sky to tell the Wonders that he has remembered his real name and where his family is, and that the planet will be their New Earth-2. Once again able to channel the power of the Green, Alan terraforms the planet and makes contact with the space fleet carrying the displaced Earth-2 refugees, leading them to their new home.

Aftermath

The aftermath of "Convergence" will see an end to The New 52 branding, however the continuity established by The New 52 will continue.[9] After the storyline concludes, beginning on June 3, 2015 and lasting throughout June and July, the DC Comics line of comic books will consist of 24 new series that will begin at issue one. Alongside these new additions, the company will continue publishing 25 of their existing ongoing titles, all of which will maintain their current numbering and storylines.[10] After the announcement of the overhaul of DC Comic's publishing line, Dan DiDio compared the company's plans for post-"Convergence" stories to the "One Year Later" storylines that followed "Infinite Crisis" in 2006. Didio stated that "In terms of expectations and challenges, the lessons learned in the 'One Year Later jump' were applied to insure [sic] our June series (hopefully) don't experience some of the same pitfalls."[11]

Titles

Title Writer(s) Artist(s)
Convergence #0–8 Jeff King, Dan Jurgens and Scott Lobdell Ethan Van Sciver, Carlo Pagulayan, Stephen Segovia, Andy Kubert, Sandra Hope, Ed Benes
Week One (pre-Flashpoint characters)
The Atom #1–2[4] Tom Peyer Steve Yeowell
Batgirl #1–2[4] Alisa Kwitney Rick Leonardi and Mark Pennington
Batman & Robin #1–2[4] Ron Marz Denys Cowan and Klaus Janson
Harley Quinn #1–2[4] Steve Pugh Phil Winslade and John Dell
Justice League #1–2[4] Frank Tieri Vicente Cifuentes
Nightwing/Oracle #1–2[4] Gail Simone Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons
The Question #1–2[4] Greg Rucka Cully Hamner
Speed Force #1–2[4] Tony Bedard Tom Grummett and Sean Parsons
Superman #1–2[4] Dan Jurgens Lee Weeks and Dan Jurgens
Titans #1–2[4] Fabian Nicieza Ron Wagner and Jose Marzan
Week Two (pre-Zero Hour characters)
Aquaman #1–2[5] Tony Bedard Cliff Richards
Batman: Shadow of the Bat #1–2[5] Larry Hama Philip Tan and Jason Paz
Catwoman #1–2[5] Justin Gray Ron Randall
Green Arrow #1–2[5] Christy Marx Rags Morales and Claude St-Aubin
Green Lantern/Parallax #1–2[5] Tony Bedard Ron Wagner and Bill Reinhold
Justice League International #1–2[5] Ron Marz Mike Manley
Suicide Squad #1–2[5] Frank Tieri Tom Mandrake
Superboy #1–2[5] Fabian Nicieza Karl Moline and Jose Marzan Jr
Supergirl: Matrix #1–2[5] Keith Giffen Ramon Bachs
Superman: The Man of Steel #1–2[5] Louise Simonson June Brigman and Roy Richardson
Week Three (characters from the time of Crisis on Infinite Earths)
The Adventures of Superman #1–2[6] Marv Wolfman Roberto Viacava and Andy Owens
Batman and the Outsiders #1–2[6] Marc Andreyko Carlos D’anda
The Flash #1–2[6] Dan Abnett Federico Dallocchio
Green Lantern Corps #1–2[6] David Gallaher Steve Ellis and Ande Parks
Hawkman #1–2[6] Jeff Parker Tim Truman and Enrique Alcatena
Justice League America #1–2[6] Fabian Nicieza Chriscross
New Teen Titans #1–2[6] Marv Wolfman Nicola Scott and Marc Deering
Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #1–2[6] Stuart Moore Gus Storms and Mark Farmer
Swamp Thing #1–2[6] Len Wein Kelley Jones
Wonder Woman #1–2[6] Larry Hama Josh Middleton
Week Four (pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths characters)
Action Comics #1–2[7] Justin Gray Claude St-Aubin and Sean Parsons
Blue Beetle #1–2[7] Scott Lobdell Yishan Li
Booster Gold #1–2[7] Dan Jurgens Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez
Crime Syndicate #1–2[7] Brian Buccellato Phil Winslade
Detective Comics #1–2[7] Len Wein Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz
Infinity Inc. #1–2[7] Jerry Ordway Ben Caldwell
Justice Society of America #1–2[7] Dan Abnett Tom Derenick and Trevor Scott
Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters #1–2[7] Simon Oliver John Mccrea
Shazam #1–2[7] Jeff Parker Evan “Doc” Shaner
World’s Finest Comics #1–2[7] Paul Levitz Jim Fern and Joe Rubinstein (with cartoons by Shannon Wheeler)

Collected editions

In May 2015, online retailers began listing collections of Convergence and its miniseries to arrive in October 2015:[12]

  • Convergence (320 pages, hardcover, October 13, 2015, ISBN 1-4012-5686-4)
  • Convergence: Zero Hour Book One (272 pages, softcover, October 13, 2015, ISBN 1-4012-5839-5)
  • Convergence: Zero Hour Book Two (272 pages, softcover, October 13, 2015, ISBN 1-4012-5840-9)
  • Convergence: Crisis Book One (272 pages, softcover, October 20, 2015, ISBN 1-4012-5808-5)
  • Convergence: Crisis Book Two (272 pages, softcover, October 20, 2015, ISBN 1-4012-5834-4)
  • Convergence: Flashpoint Book One (272 pages, softcover, October 27, 2015, ISBN 1-4012-5835-2)
  • Convergence: Flashpoint Book Two (272 pages, softcover, October 27, 2015, ISBN 1-4012-5836-0)
  • Convergence: Infinite Earths Book One (272 pages, softcover, November 3, 2015, ISBN 1-4012-5837-9)
  • Convergence: Infinite Earths Book Two (272 pages, softcover, November 3, 2015, ISBN 1-4012-5838-7)

References

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  2. ^ Truitt, Brian (November 3, 2014). "New villain, old tales part of DC's 'Convergence'". USA Today. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  3. ^ Rivera, Joshua (2015-01-18). "DC reveals 'Convergence' #1 cover and official synopses for issues 1–4". EW.com. Retrieved 2015-04-14. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Beedle, Tim (November 11, 2014). "Convergence Week One: Stephanie Brown, Wally West and Oracle Return to Comics!". DCComics.com. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Beedle, Tim (November 18, 2014). "Convergence Week Two: Steel, Azrael, Hal Jordan Parallax...and Kingdom Come?!". DCComics.com. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Beedle, Tim (November 25, 2014). "Convergence Week Three: A Little Pre-Crisis Coolness". DCComics.com. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Beedle, Tim (December 2, 2014). "Convergence Week Four: Batman, Beetle and Booster". DCComics.com. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  8. ^ Writer Jeff King explains that the purpose of this scene was not to suggest that the Crisis had been straightforwardly undone; a new infinite Multiverse has possibly been created, potentially with the New 52 Multiverse at its center and other worlds featuring classic characters there to be explored.Burlingame, Russ (27 May 2015). "Decoding Convergence With Jeff King: The Finale". ComicBook.com. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
  9. ^ Yehl, Joshua (2015-02-06). "DC Comics Is Ending The New 52 – IGN". Uk.ign.com. Retrieved 2015-04-14. 
  10. ^ "DC ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES NEW BOOKS, NEW CREATORS, BROADER FOCUS FOR THE DC UNIVERSE". DCComics.com. February 6, 2015. Retrieved February 9, 2015. 
  11. ^ Melrose, Kevin (February 9, 2015). "DiDio compares DC’s post-'Convergence' plans to 'Infinite Crisis'". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  12. ^ "DC Comics's Convergence collections solicited". Collected Editions. 2015-05-19. Retrieved 2015-05-19. 

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