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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Convergence: Justice League of America #1


Comics Weekend "Heroes Interrupted" by Fabian Nicieza, Chriscross, and Snakebite (yes, those are the names).

This issue opens up with a welcome sight...the happy couple known as Ralph and Sue Dibney! Now that the dome covering Gotham City has disappeared (see last week's Convergence: Aquaman #1), Ralph's stretching powers have returned and he is once again suiting up as The Elongated Man.

Ralph meets up with the JLA's newest members, Vibe, Vixen, and Steel, and await word about any possible trouble from the team's remaining powerhouse members: namely, Zatanna, Martian Manhunter, and Aquaman:


Many heroes who happened to be in Metropolis when the dome went up and now trapped there, making the city safer than Kinshasha, Zaire during The Rumble in the Jungle. Local reporter Cat Grant is doing a TV report on the hero who seems the most out of the place, the Sea King. We learn that Aquaman fought Chemo which, while leading to his (its?) defeat, it also left Metroplois Harbor poisoned, which is about the last thing Aquaman wanted.

Having talked S.T.A.R. Labs into making him a prosthetic hook for a hand, they are about the only people he's now bothering to converse with:


Suddenly there's an explosion across town. Manhunter uses his telepathic skills to determine that it took place at the newly-refitted warehouse that is the current base of the League! The three heroes arrive and start sifting through the rubble to search for their teammates. What they find is a mysterious device that features a red button and a note begging the reader not to touch it. Zatanna can't resist, but not without casting a protection spell first:


The box opens some sort of dimensional portal, and out of it come a team of "heroes" calling themselves The Secret Six. Consisting of alt versions of known metahumans like The Flash, the Joker, Plastic Man, and the Spectre, the SS attacks the GCPD only to be stopped by the rest of the League! To be continued!

I wasn't exactly nostalgic for JLA Detroit, but it's still nice to see Aquaman has a team leader again, if briefly. Writer Nicieza gets in some good bits with Gypsy and Zee, denoting a light touch that the original series could have benefited from at the time. The art is quite attractive too, though the one panel where it looks like Aquaman is wearing big thick rubber-soled boots confused me...


Joe Slab said...

I am not enjoying any of the CV books that I've picked up and I'm not even buying the main series. As someone stated in a previous comment, these stories are not revisiting the DC zeitgeist of different past eras, they are all-new, Elseworlds stories done without the high production value typically associated with DC's now defunct Elseworlds imprint.

I'll be picking up CV:AQ #2 just because I am an Aquaman completionist as well as CV: Suicide Squad #2 next month because it features the 1st 8 pages of story and art from new then Aquaman team of Bunn/McCarthy but that's if for me until June!

Earth 2 Chris said...

Me and the boy picked up a few Convergence titles this weekend. I haven't read them yet, but they look interesting. Flash, Speed Force, New Teen Titans and Titans. We'll see.


Unknown said...

who are the other 2 members of the secret six? looks like an alternate version of captain atom and star sapphire