If there was any doubt about the looseness of continuity in the “Convergence” event, the appearance of Ambush Bug is certain to put those doubts to rest in Keith Giffen and Timothy Green II’s “Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix” #2. The issue provides an adventure that hops all around the planet Telos, checking in on quite a few of the captive cultures.
Many “Convergence” crossovers pit characters from different worlds against one another, death match-style, but very few of those conflicts play out that way. “Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix” #2 is another occurrence of that prescription not quite being fulfilled. Instead, Giffen shunts Supergirl off to the side and gives Ambush Bug room to pop around. This works out for an interesting, sometimes chuckle-worthy adventure, as most Ambush Bug adventures do from Giffen, but it reduces Supergirl to a plot device or, worse, a supporting character in her own comic.
The conflict between Supergirl and Lady Quark is supposed to be to the death, if Telos is to be believed and feared, but the duo does very little fighting. When it comes time for the two of them to duke it out, Giffen turns that into a cartoon spectacle, with overblown dialogue and Bugs Bunny-Daffy Duck like antics. Again, this plays to Ambush Bug’s appeal but deflates the concept and assignment of the “Convergence” tie-in.
Matching the timeline the Matrix Supergirl stems from, Timothy Green II draws the most 1990s-inspired comic book this side of Rob Liefeld: Luthor has a mullet pulled into a ponytail (as he did as the time), Supergirl sports a skirt that more than once flips up in a cheekily revealing manner and none of the female characters have proper anatomy (small hands and ankles, fluid spines and goofily long legs). It seems intentional, which makes it work into the story, but — at one point — the action spins into the past and the 1990s sensibilities are still present, rather than adapting to that timeline. Hi-Fi’s colors follow the script: loud, garish and bold, mixing 1990s with present day and pushing it up a notch, and Breen’s letters are all over the board, doing exactly what they need to do.
While I appreciate the lighter tone Giffen brings to this event tie-in, “Convergence: Supergirl: Matrix” should (or could) be a little more about Supergirl. As an Ambush Bug adventure, this is a wonderful, fun-filled and wacky adventure that doesn’t take itself (or the grander-scale event) even remotely seriously. Add to that the sneak peek of a “Bat-Mite” story and Giffen, Green and crew offer readers hope that there might be opportunity for more lighthearted adventures in DC’s post-“Convergence” future. If so, this creative team would be a top-notch choice for the irreverent romp that Ambush Bug demands — maybe then the Matrix Supergirl can steal the spotlight from the Bug to return to the favor.