Colossal crossover event celebrates DC’s legacy
DC Comics is heading for upheaval in April as the company puts its entire line on hold for two months during the turmoil of Convergence. In place of their regular 52 monthlies, the nine- part weekly Convergence series will run alongside 40 different two- issue miniseries. The bold move was partly inspired by DC’s relocation from New York to California. “We knew that there were going to be a lot of challenges moving crosscountry especially as we were hiring new editors and new staff and getting ourselves established on the West Coast,” says co- publisher Dan DiDio. “We started to look at ways we could build something that really capitalises on the history of the DC Universe. We wanted to create a story that captures the essence of what DC is.”
Convergence marks the comics debut of TV writer Jeff King. “The concept is that Brainiac has been grabbing cities at the moment of their destruction, whether their world ends or their timeline ends, saving them and experimenting with them on this planet. That’s what our heroes from the New 52 find when they land there,” says DiDio, who met King while the writer was touring the DC offices. “He was talking about his time on Stargate and Continuum. We were talking about time shifts and I started to explain to him the lattice of what we’re trying to create with Convergence. He started to add to the story. I said, ‘ Stop – what’s your schedule look like?’”
It’s a gamble messing with a successful concept like the New 52, but DiDio has faith the fans will go along for the ride. “The fun part is being able to mess with things but understanding what’s important and after you finish messing with it, finding a way to return it back to its core conceit,” he says. “We had some success when we did Zero Month, Villains’ Month and the Future’s End five year jump to the future. Those were a little disruption and we found that they were able to capture fans’ interest. We learned a little more each time about what worked and what didn’t.” Convergence sees the return of a host of characters that pre- date the New 52, including Cassandra Cain, the classic Marvel Family, the Freedom Fighters, and more. “I like to think that every character is somebody’s favourite,” says DiDio. “The reality is that we’re always dipping our toe in that water, bringing back old characters, old ideas, old conceits to see whether it reignites people’s interest in a storyline, a character, or an idea. This is putting it all on the table at the same time and showing all your cards.”
Convergence issue 0 is released on 1 April.
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