Convergence: Detective Comics #2

After the beautiful world building of the first issue, "Convergence: Detective Comics" #2 was almost bound to feel not quite as special. However, with that in mind, Len Wein, Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz and Chris Sotomayor's conclusion to this miniseries still works; there's some fighting, sure, but even then we still get some more glimpses into the inner workings of an alternate reality.

Some of the best parts of "Convergence: Detective Comics" #2 come from when Helena and Dick are saved by the Earth-30 version of Batman. It gives Wein a chance to once more investigate the world of "Red Son" and shows us how, despite this Superman's best attempts to care for his people, not all is well within its realm. I also appreciated the overall calm demeanor of Superman throughout the comic; it would have been easy for him to finally turn into the villain, but Wein avoids that trap and makes him the most rational being in the room.

On the other hand, some of the ending feels like a bit of a copout. It's a little too easy, when the impossible question is put on the table. Having the characters remark about being out-of-character through part of the comic comes across almost like a directive from elsewhere, like the characters can't remain in a position where they behaved quite so badly. It's a shame, because Helena's decisions in particular made a real impression throughout the comic, and having them somewhat swept under the rug mutes the power that we had earlier.

Cowan, Sienkiewicz and Sotomayor's art remains impressive from start to finish. The trio can create some gorgeous portraits; a tiny panel with Superman stating, "Have you not yet learned there is nothing you can do to hurt me?" works in no small part because of Superman's impassive and regal face. Having Huntress's arrow pointing directly at his face is something you can almost miss in that instant, because your eye is drawn so much to Superman's visage. Later, in the hovel where the three are hiding from Superman, the briefly unmasked Batman strikes. His sunken eyes and stubbled face really bring across the rough experience that he's gone through, and Sotomayor adds the perfect red hue from the fire to fully bring the atmosphere to life. This is, from start to finish, a visually distinctive book.

"Convergence: Detective Comics" #2 isn't quite as exciting as the first issue, but it's still an above average "Convergence" tie-in. If more of them had been this entertaining, it probably would have helped keep reader attention on the event. Hopefully, we won't have to wait so long for another Wein, Cowan, Sienkiewicz and Sotomayor collaboration; these four creators clearly work well together.

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