Review: Convergence Wonder Woman #2

cww02Part of the underlying problem with Convergence is its relevance to the modern comic reader.  Though some fans are well read in terms of comics from years gone by, most aren’t, at least not to the degree required to make all of the connections.  In the case of the Convergence Wonder Woman, the series is tying together two separate pieces of DC Comic history.  One is the short lives period in the 1960s when Wonder Woman lost her powers and became a white-clad kung fu expert, and the other is the Red Rain version of Gotham City, an Elseworlds reality where Batman’s villains have become vampires and werewolves.

The action in this second issue follows that of the same format as the other Convergence stories.  With the cities released from their year under the dome, the heroes regain their powers but are immediately thrown into battle with champions from other cities.  Previously Wonder Woman was shown to be dealing with a cult-like group at a church who believed that angels would return to free them from the dome, but they met there at the same time that Red Rain’s champions came to fight Wonder Woman.  This results in a second issue in this Convergence tie-in which is mostly Wonder Woman against a cast of creatures.  Ostensibly these creatures might resemble the Joker, Poison Ivy and Catwoman, but there is little to distinguish them aside from their names.

This goes with the rushed nature of this series, that there is no time to establish these versions of the characters outside of the regular DC continuity, and thus the characters are more like caricatures of the regular versions as opposed to the interesting twists which took place in the alternate realities.  This doesn’t help as the problem on the whole with Convergence has been the mismatch of characters from different eras and inspirations and such is the case again here.   In the history of Wonder Woman, at least since the 1980s, the Joker actually shows up fairly often as an enemy of Wonder Woman, but he is not an arch-enemy, and his presence here feels artificial, especially for what is supposed to be such a huge crossover.  Once again this is a misfire for DC and Convergence, as its big crossover of the summer seems to be going nowhere.

Story: Lary Hama Art: Aaron Lopresti
Story: 6.7 Art: 6.7 Overall: 6.7 Recommendation: Pass