Convergence: Justice League #1

The very idea of "Convergence" thus far finds various cities from different corners of the DC Comics multiverse transported to an alien world where their champions are forced to fight each other, which is rather large pill that's difficult for many to swallow. Frank Tieri and Vicente Cifuentes' "Convergence: Justice League" #1 gets its implausible moment out of the way early on, before settling into a rather ho-hum status quo that doesn't really provide much in the way of excitement until near the issue's end. It's another pre-"Flashpoint" Gotham vs. the "Flashpoint" Gotham encounter, although -- as with other tie-ins -- the city's protector, Batman, is nowhere to be seen.

The aforementioned questionable moment involves Supergirl flying at top speed to get an in-labor Jesse Quick to the hospital, which is fine, at least until she crashes herself and the imminent mom-to-be through the hospital wall. One could infer a super-force field of some kind to explain this lapse or some other off-panel maneuver, as this odd and distracting instance is inconsequential to the story and, fortunately, is the worst of this issue's leaps of logic -- beyond those other disbeliefs which have already been suspended, anyway.

Tieri then moves the scene ahead after the pre-"Flashpoint" Gotham has been enclosed under the galactic tyrant Telos' dome prison for one year. In addition to Supergirl and Jesse, the other stars of the issue are Jade, Zatanna and Vixen, or -- more accurately -- these heroines in their civilian guises. They don't even seem all that heroic, as Tieri puts forth an underlying but decidedly noticeable sense of defeat throughout the issue. Yes, the dome has held Gotham captive this whole time and is indestructible and impenetrable, but the sight of these five superheroines going out on the now-encapsulated town in the face of this crisis doesn't convey anything super about them at all. No one is seen trying to escape or fight or even plot their next move. Even while subjugated, life apparently goes on, but a better superhero story would have included something, well, superheroic.

The setting gives Cifuentes the opportunity to draw plenty of eye candy for readers, though; this pseudo-Justice League never looked so glamorous and would be right at home on the cover of the DC Universe equivalent of Vanity Fair. Eventually, readers get a peek at the other Gotham, or -- more specifically -- at a certain undersea king who just conveniently happened to be in the city when it was enclosed.

Things get a little more exciting at this point, and Cifuentes gets to draw some of the guys now, among them an imposing Telos himself as well as some disgustingly monstrous sea life. The final page is a beautiful aquatic scene, both finely detailed by Cifuentes and gorgeously colored by Monica Kubina. Mark Buckingham and Andrew Dalhouse's attractive and symbolic cover shows the heroines of the Justice League encapsulated in a manner not unlike their predicament inside the issue, although being trapped within a baby shower gift basket undoubtedly presents its own challenges.

All's well that ends well in "Convergence: Justice League" #1 as an uneven story concludes on a high note with a moderately enticing cliffhanger. Alluringly consistent art holds it all together, putting this particular tie-in in the middle of this week's pack, being neither as good as some of its companions nor as bad as it could have been.

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