What is the victory of a free man?  That is the question (pun very much intended) that Greg Rucka asks in Convergence: The Question #2.  Rucka’s return to DC with this two-shot tie-in to the Convergence event has also been his return to favorite themes, themes that he famously explored more than fifteen years ago in the classic No Man’s Land.  Rucka is the master of street-level psychology, and of the changes that pressure and extreme events wreak on that psychology.  In Convergence: The Question #1, he explored the idea of a cage and its meaning.  Particularly, a cage is the absence of freedom, the absence of chance and choice.  It is the place where the coin always comes up tails, the place where no conflict exists, and where all is stultification and decay.

In this issue, the cage has burst open, and freedom has returned.  Now, the coin flies true once again; now choices once again can be made.  What is the victory of a free man?  Harvey Dent, Two-Face, is free of the cage.  What is his victory?  And why does the Question, Renee Montoya, care?  After all, Harvey is  the man who was once her lover, and who ruined her career by denouncing her as a lesbian.

She cares because he is a person she can help, and there have been too many she can’t.  As with the last issue, the visual statement of Gotham in this book is powerful.  Cully Hamner’s art and Dave McCaig’s colors portray a gaunt, starved, desperate world, a place that has grown thin from too little food, too little air, too little sun, and too little hope.  Renee’s father is dying of a cancer that is only the physical manifestation of the social and moral ills plaguing all of the city.  But now, here in the midst of this despair is someone here efforts can reach.

The victory of a free man is to be a good man.  In the confrontation with the Flashpoint Harvey Dent, Renee helps Two-Face realize that, for all his sins, he is a good man after all.  For her dying father, she can only give love.  But for Harvey, not dying, she can give insight, and for the city, brought back to life, she can give hope.

 

Grade

A-

Conclusion

This tie-in has very little to do with the CONVERGENCE event in general. It could be set in any Elseworlds continuity, interested as it is in its own internal philosophical issues. But, perhaps paradoxically, it is one of the best of the CONVERGENCE stories. What is the victory of a free man? To be a good man. What is the victory of the Question? To realize her purpose. To know that the essence of life is struggle and love and conflict, all of those things a cage denies. To know that the essence of being free, of being alive, is not endings and answers, but stories and questions.