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Monday, November 3, 2014

DC Comics Announces "Convergence" for April 2015

There'd been rumors circulating among the comics community for months that DC Comics would be implementing a "band-aid" publishing solution to cover their line while the company makes its big move from New York City to Burbank, California. The whispers online had indicated that it might be called Blood Moon, and that it would involved some form of the Pre-52 Multiverse in a crossover in the vein of the seminal Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Now, USA Today is reporting that DC is indeed pulling off such a project and they're calling it Convergence, a nine week miniseries, helmed by first time comics writer and Continuum scribe Jeff King (with assists from Dan Jurgens and Scott Lobdell) begins with a zero issue on April 1st. The story will also spin-off into forty two-part miniseries written by a number of DC creators past and present focusing on a number of characters in the DC Multiverse, including Donna Troy, Blue Beetle and the Justice Society of America. 

The publication describes Convergence thusly:
The alien supervillain Brainiac has trapped cities from various timelines and planets that have ended, brought them in domes to a planet outside of time and space, and is now opening them for a great experiment to see what happens when all these folks meet...Following in the footsteps of Brainiac is Telos, a new bad guy being introduced in Convergence. Named after the Greek philosophical term for ''end'' or ''goal,'' he is born of Brainiac and this mysterious planet — even taking on traits of that world — "but becomes a character unto himself," says (DC Co-Publisher, Dan) DiDio.
On its face, the idea is not a bad one, but the talent currently lined up is a little less than overwhelming currently. Rumors have also abounded about who else might be involved, and it unfortunately comes across as a list of fairly steady hands, and not quite DC's top-tier talent. I also have some concerns about King, as DC has a bit of an odd fixation on bringing in writers from other mediums (like television and prose) into their comics with very little success, commercially or critically.
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