I’m looking forward to DC’s “Convergence” event. I’m excited to see a lot of characters I’m very fond of in stories by a lot of creators whose work I haven’t seen in too long, particularly from DC. I’d be surprised if I don’t end up getting all of them.
That said, it’s still a dick move.
From what I can tell by comments made online, the purpose of Convergence is twofold: 1) give DC editorial a break so they can move offices from NY to Burbank and 2) give pre-Flashpoint DC characters a proper send off.
I think the former is probably a necessity that DC has turned into an advantage, as it has allowed their editorial team to start fresh. They’ve taken advantage of this by bringing in new creators and launching new takes on old ideas. This seems like the kind of time off DC needed to re-energize itself.
The problem is the latter, the attempt to fix a mistake by, well, making another mistake, by pouring salt into the wound that they’re responsible for to begin with.
And I’m not referring to the New 52. I could argue whether or not that move was a mistake all day long, but that’s not what I’m talking about. No, I’m talking about Flashpoint, the limited series that rebooted the entire DC universe, erasing the characters we’ve known and loved for 26 years and replacing them with new versions. I’m talking about Flashpoint, a series that changed everything for those characters, yet only featured ONE of them…and one that had only been back for 3 years, or 10% of the entire post-Crisis DC Comics history.
Say what you want about the original Crisis, but Wolfman and Perez went out of their way to give as many characters as they could their due. Supergirl and Barry Allen had never been as pivotal or interesting as they were in Crisis. Hundreds of characters got screen time, sometimes to the detriment of the story. But it actually felt like the last hurrah of the DCU.
Flashpoint felt like the line DC drew to get from point A to point B.
A lot of babies were thrown out with this particular bath water and a lot of fans were justifiably angry. Most were just pissed that their favorite characters no longer “existed,” but some made the reasonable argument that the aforementioned characters got the shaft.
So DC is giving those fans Convergence.
Objectively speaking (no, I’m not misusing that), the journey that Renee Montoya takes from minor supporting Batman character to the new Question is one of the best stories we’ve seen in superhero comics. It’s phenomenal on every level, particularly when you consider the shared universe terrain that writer Greg Rucka had to traverse to make it happen. The fact that she no longer exists in the DCU is beyond unfortunate.
You can imagine, then, how excited fans were to find out she would not only have her own, two issue series during Convergence, but that she would be written by Rucka, who hasn’t done work for DC in quite some time. It’s like Christmas morning. If you were to ask me to create a theoretical roster of DC titles, The Question starring Renee Montoya and written by Greg Rucka would certainly be on there. I can’t wait for it.
And after two months, it will be over. She, and Greg Rucka, will be gone again (if Renee fans would like another kick to the nether region, she will make her “first” appearance in the post-Flashpoint DCU in the first issue of Detective Comics following Convergence — she will be a new cop at the GCPD, ostensibly resetting her to square one).
Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that we’re getting those two issues, just as I’m happy we’re getting Stephanie Brown Batgirl (with Cassandra Cain as Black Bat!), Nightwing/Oracle, a married Superman, and an attempt at fixing the Titans. I’m looking forward to those and more. But the reality is that DC is giving me something I am really excited to read and then taking it away. And then the DCU will revert back to, in many cases, pale imitations of these characters.
This isn’t yet another case of a fan getting what he wanted and still complaining about it; I didn’t want this. It’s taken me three and a half years to accept the fact that I would never see these characters again, something that has only recently become easier due to books like Gotham Academy and Grayson, books that are fresh concepts and don’t simply rehash the stories that were recently erased. Fans have just gotten over Flashpoint, but DC has decided to reminds us about it all over again.
And, in the end, if Convergence is actually any good, it’s going to make the return to the current DCU that much harder. In fact, the shake-up that happens post-Convergence is probably the only thing that will keep a lot of fans from dropping DC all together. They made a huge mistake with the execution of Flashpoint, they’re making it worse with Convergence, and it’s forced them to refresh their entire line.
So I guess maybe some good will come out of it after all.
Even if it is a total dick move.