Like a pair of dueling guitar virtuosos looking for a lost note but not quite finding it no matter how hard they play, writers Jeff King and Scott Lobdell just can’t find the chord to blow people’s minds and unleash the epic, universe-altering scope sagas deserve. “Convergence” #7 doesn’t fail for their efforts; it just doesn’t fully succeed. The writers try to broaden the scope, but this issue is twenty-eight pages long and never strays beyond a barren rock drifting through red skies.
Yes, red skies have historical significance in the DC Universe. Coupled with multitudes of characters, this indicates more severe developments to come, but the characters present in the climactic battle scene barely number two score, and roughly a dozen of those are villainous in origin. The final page displays fourteen characters; an epic saga should have dozens or scores, not ten or twenty. King keeps the spotlight tight on this cast, especially on his apparent darling characters ported over from “Earth 2” — Yolanda Montez and Dick Grayson — who play pivotal roles in guiding the plot and readers’ attention. King and Lobdell build a fine theoretical podium for Deimos to preach his case but, before the issue is over, the writers deem it best to knock everything down, using a surprising source to preach a hypocritical message as he unleashes a larger calamity.
Lopresti delivers some dynamic shots, and his style is perfect for depicting variations of several characters. Clean, crisp and sharply inked by Mark Morales, Lopresti’s drawings must make colorist Peter Steigerwald happy, despite the astonishing bits of detail and design intricacies. To make up for it, Lopresti opens up more than a few panels, giving Steigerwald opportunities to use gradients and textures, charging the backgrounds with energy as the characters in “Convergence” #7 continue to face the unknown. The colorist adds plenty of energy throughout, from Telos’ spewing molten metal to Deimos’ energy attacks to the red, bursting release of temporal energy. Occasionally, however, Lopresti’s drawings fall out of concert with the story, like when the Oracle reaches in towards the Justice League through the satellite wall and destroys the satellite in the progress or when Yolanda charges at Wonder Woman, claws extended, but verbally introduces herself in a cordial manner.
Travis Lanham’s letters separate Telos from Oracle and Deimos’ declarations overpower the shrieks of those falling at his hands. Unfortunately, a couple balloon tails point the wrong way and Cyborg is missing his tell in his caption boxes.
Overall, “Convergence” #7 is one of the more impressive issues of the series, from art to cast to cliffhanger. It’s just a shame this is the penultimate issue in the series. Surely, no one would have minded reading the action in “Convergence” #7 had it filled the pages of “Convergence” #2. King and Lobdell have found a way to inject some excitement but, with only one issue left, I’m holding out hope the writers can find the trigger to expand the scope and also find a way to bring this whole series to a satisfying conclusion.