Convergence: Action Comics #2

With so many different universes available to pit against one another in "Convergence," it's a pity that many of these miniseries kept returning to the same well. That's a problem which plagues "Convergence: Action Comics" #2; not only is Justin Gray, Claude St. Aubin and Sean Pearson's story a little forgettable, but it doesn't really fit in at all with "Convergence: Detective Comics" in dealing with the same worlds.

After the nuanced and compelling look at the world of "Red Son" in "Convergence: Detective Comics," it's frustrating to come to "Convergence: Action Comics" #2 and see a setting that doesn't really connect the two. It's a shame, because there's room for more characters from the dark, starving population that we saw in the other miniseries, but here it's a generic setting with some Soviet stylings attached to the characters.

In the end, generic is the big problem with "Convergence: Action Comics" #2. This doesn't really feel like it's even part of "Convergence" as a whole, with a very typical fight between three superheroes who punch and grimace at one another. Nothing sparkles here and, in the end, it feels -- even more so than other "Convergence" tie-ins -- that this is all a little pointless.

St. Aubin and Parsons's art is nice enough and, if there's one thing that the duo can do really well, it's giving both Power Girl and Wonder Woman a somewhat panicked look on their faces whenever something goes wrong. I appreciate expressive characters, and we definitely have that here. However, while the art is perfectly fine, it's not enough to lift up this comic as a whole; there's nothing that stands out enough to make everything fall into place.

"Convergence: Action Comics" #2 is the sort of comic where the one-sentence pitch sounds reasonable, but there's no energy to make the final comic stand out. That's a shame, especially coming in the final week of "Convergence," where the tie-ins needed to either go big or go home. Here, unfortunately, it didn't go big at all; aside from the great cover from Amanda Conner, there's nothing that will linger in readers' minds for very long.


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