Crisis Of Infinite Nostalgia
Release Date: OUT NOW!
Publisher: DC Comics Writers: Jeff King, Scott Lobdell Artists: Carlo Pagulayan, Steven Segovia, Ethan Van Sciver
Typical – you wait
ages for a comic featuring multiple mainstream superhero continuities battling each other for survival, and then two turn up at once. Both DC and Marvel are betting big on nostalgia this year with conceptually identical event series, but while we’ve yet to see how Marvel’s blockbuster Secret Wars turns out, it won’t have to try hard to be a better read than DC’s Convergence.
A saga that’s been brewing for a while in various DC titles, the concept underpinning Convergence is that Superman villain Brainiac has been hijacking cities from across time and space, bringing them together under domed habitats on a distant alien world. Multidimensional bad guy Telos, the living embodiment of the alien planet, has decided to pitch all 40 hijacked cities ( including multiple alternates of Metropolis and Gotham) against each other in a conflict that can have only one survivor.
Much of this conflict takes place in dozens of two- issue crossover miniseries, which have replaced the entire DC line for two months and feature a host of different past DC eras, from the pre- Crisis On Infinite Earth days to the more recent event comics like Infinite Crisis. Alternate universe stories like Kingdom Come, Flashpoint and Red Son also feature, but while there are occasional highlights – most notably, an excellent return for the Renee Montoya version of the Question ( written by Greg Rucka) – the overall success rate is very low.
A strong central story could have bound this kind of sprawling event together, but instead the main Convergence eight- issue miniseries has turned out to be a hopeless mess. Four issues in, it’s already borderline incomprehensible to new readers thanks to the bizarre decision to make it a direct sequel to DC’s lacklustre weekly saga Earth 2: World’s End.
Thanks to this, the main cast is made up of alternate world versions of heroes like Superman, Dick Grayson and Batman, and the scripts from Scott Lobdell and TV veteran Jeff King fail to make us care about any of them. Instead, Convergence is a rambling collection of overblown fights, clumsy infodumps and melodramatic speeches that showcases the worst excesses of superhero event comics.
About the only thing it has on its side is impressive visuals, as artists like Carlos Pagulayan and Steven Segovia try their best to inject energy and punch into the flaccid story. Their work gives the title a slick edge but ultimately can’t compensate for the empty- headed script or the overall dearth of genuine fun. DC’s upcoming slate of new titles and relaunches still holds genuine promise – it’s just a pity that they’ve preceded it with an example of how all that promise can easily go wrong. Saxon Bullock
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