It’s probably too easy to compare a comic book arc to a passage of music. Being different art forms that depend on different senses, any analogies are always going to be inexact and possibly misleading. But sometimes the comparison is simply too apt to ignore, such as the case of Convergence #7. Here we have a theme that comes to its climax too quickly in a forced resolution full of dissonant chords and jarring, unharmonized notes. It is as if the orchestra momentarily falls apart, with the strings racing ahead of the woodwinds and the brass forlornly trailing two measures behind while the percussion just doesn’t know what the devil is going on.
We last left the tale of Convergence as Telos intruded onto the spacetime of Earth 0, and that is where we pick up, with Superman marshaling his troops in the face of a phenomenon that has caused all the clocks on Earth to stop. And there things come to pieces. For some reason the giant planetary Oracle from the H’EL on Earth arc appears in space above Telos, opining about its own apparent blindness and probable death. No one bothers to explain who, exactly, the Oracle is, so one can only assume people unfamiliar with that story are totally lost at this point. Superman, true to his heroic nature, dives into space to rescue Apollo and Engineer from Stormwatch, the only problem being we have no idea how they got there and why they are in trouble. It is as if there is an issue missing somewhere. And to add insult to injury, Guy Gardner, who has come to the fight with his Red Lanterns, is suddenly wearing a Green Lantern’s clothing. Did no one bother to edit this story?
Meanwhile, planetside, a free-for-all proceeds between forces loyal to Deimos and those opposed to him. This is interrupted by the arrival of Telos (the person, not the planet) who attacks the sorcerer at the behest of his new friend, Dick Grayson of Earth 2. During the battle, Deimos’ plan is revealed, to wit that he wants everyone on the planet to die to fuel his arcane attempt to create a new universe. Understandably, this causes his support to crumble, but Deimos still gives a good accounting of himself, until Hal Jordan, Parallax, blasts him out of existence. The last is a nice touch, it has to be said. Parallax, who in Zero Hour came close to achieving what Deimos wishes to attempt, is not the person one would expect to save the day.
Or has he? Deimos has absorbed the power of several captured Time Masters, and with his death that temporal energy is released, threatening … wait for it … all of existence. It was hard not to groan at this last sour chord. We are not eight books into a nine book series, and at the very last moment, with only twenty pages left to go and the fate of all the exiled cities yet to be determined, the entire structure of all time suddenly teeters. It is as if the authors suddenly remembered that it is the thirtieth anniversary of Crisis on Infinite Earths after all, and they need to make some nod to it.
Is there an issue missing somewhere? Reading the hasty climax of this issue, and this issue is in fact ALL hasty climax, you have to wonder if the story simply got away from the writers. It is a problem common to both weekly series and large events. The pity is that there are elements of a very powerful and moving story here. The character of Telos is rich and interesting, and his relationship with Dick Grayson affecting and potentially powerful. The possibilities of the different characters and timelines interacting are barely grazed, although in fairness that is better explored in the various tie-ins. And the presence of the Earth 0 characters seems gratuitous and unnecessary, merely a means of linking the events of CONVERGENCE into the greater DCU, or DC You as it is now apparently known. One suspects this event, like so many others, will fade like a summer thunderstorm, and like so many others, leave behind only sad thoughts of what might have been.