By Jeff King, Andy Kubert and Brad Anderson
Convergence is now more than half way over and it’s still not very interesting. Many big events don’t make a splash and not everything can be Forever Evil, but Convergence is pretty rough. You would be hard pressed to find anything about this event that you actually like, but we’re going to try it anyway.
One of the worst things about Convergence is that everything you expect to happen, does. Did anyone honestly think Deimos was a good guy? Nope. Did everybody expect Earth-2 Dick Grayson to try to be Batman? Yep. So this is the sandbox we’re playing in, one that Jeff King writes so predictably that you honestly just want to get through it. King gives us a glimpse into Telos’ past, which makes no difference. This honestly couldn’t be less fun. Some people we don’t care about die, but that’s okay because they were just taking up panel time from other characters we don’t care about. King doesn’t write anybody well this issue and it’s just a jumbled mess of bad dialogue and crummy one liners. This is just a mess of an event.
The pencils this week are handled by Andy Kubert with colors by Brad Anderson. The art for the most part is pretty decent, but Kubert does have a few misshapen and odd-looking heads in a few panels. The battle scenes are done well and we get a nice panel of Deimos holding a dead man’s heart. Kubert excels when he is allowed to draw close and intimate shots of characters, and there are quite a few in this issue. Near the end we get glimpses of the Convergence characters we actually want to read about and Kubert has some good panels. The colors by Brad Anderson are fine as well and they complement what Kubert does. For as solid as the art is, it can’t come anywhere close to saving this book.
This event is almost over and it honestly can’t come soon enough. This story continues to drag along with drab dialogue and terrible pacing. I can’t recall a time since 1991 when I’ve been this turned off from a series. Maybe this is DC telling Jeff King what to do, but there has got to be a better way to tell this story. At this point, no one should be reading this event.