Review: Convergence Supergirl – Matrix #1

consupergirl001Convergence has been a bizarre spectacle so far.  Treading on the excellent ground of some of the great comic book crossovers that have come before, this series is searching the multiverse for characters, time and places that are worth saving, all by way of an unrevealed scheme by Brainiac.  In the continuity of the stories, the characters are fighting for their lives, but the real world experience for readers is something else entirely.  The characters which are being revisited are those which represent for some stalled ideas that never really caught on (Captain Carrot), other weird phenomenon (such as with the Extremists, rip offs of Marvel villains) or just simply experiencing what was on offer for comic fans in a different time and place.  Supergirl Matrix definitely falls into the latter.

As has been shown in other Convergence titles, the heroes are stuck in domed cities, but they are on the verge of having to battle for their existence against others from other domed cities.  Supergirl Matrix is paired with a not-so-evil Lex Luthor who is trying to find a way to escape from the domed city before they are eliminated.  Supergirl ends up with a high-tech device that she is trying to use to determine something which Lex needs to know, but she can’t get on to it before she is faced off against two of the combatants, Lady Quark and Lord Volt.

As opposed to capturing something fun from the past, this issue caught something undesirable.  Certainly the past of comics has a lot of great stories which have been told, but there are also a lot of stories which should remain stuck in some back issue bin, and this unfortunately captures that essence above all else.  It is reminiscent of the 1980s, when comics got a bit darker, but some responded with an attempt at humor for heroes, most of which fell flat.  The humor in this issue is mostly a misfire, the heroes feel out of place, the plot unnecessary to the overall story of Convergence, and all that this issue manages to capture from the past is that it too should probably be buried in a back issue bin.

Story:  Keith Giffen Art:  Timothy Green II  
Story: 4.3 Art:  7.5 Overall: 4.3  Recommendation:  Pass

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