Resurrection is not simple.  Think for a moment of the disruption and confusion that could occur if death were reversible.  Consider the social and emotional consequences of a reality in which the ultimate finality was … not final.  Comic books have made such a routine practice of brushing aside death that such returns no longer seem marvelous.  But if the revival of one character no longer surprises, what about the resurrection of a universe?  What about the resurrection of multiple universes?  In Convergence #8, we have the chance to ponder such issues, although the creators do not deliver the emotional and intellectual challenge the subject deserves, even as the undo one of the most famous storylines in the history of DC Comics.

There are types of revival that don’t involve a physical return to life.  Redemption is resurrection in a sense, a return to life of honor and virtue in a being where they seemed dead. Convergence #8 shows a redemption that few expected, namely the moral regeneration of Braniac, or at least the humanoid version of that being.  Summoned back to Telos to contain the time energy that Deimos’ destruction loosed, the great intelligence reveals his origin in the world before the Crisis, when he was the emissary of the computer rulers of planet Colu, sent out into the universe to gather knowledge for his masters.  But as his knowledge grew, so did his power, and he found himself able to see through the veils of time and dimensions to other versions of the universe, other versions of himself.  As his awareness become entangled with the fabric of reality itself, the Crises and time-shifts that have plagued DC for thirty years twisted his awareness, driving him from a simple gatherer of knowledge to the insane villainy he has perpetrated across existence.

Braniac redeems himself by using the absorbed energy to return the inhabitants of Telos to the their own timelines, but finds himself blocked by the greatest kink in the timeline of the DCU, the original Crisis of 1985.  He explains that this is so powerful, so overwhelming, that he cannot return the pre-Crisis characters to any world in which they have a future.  Enter here another character desiring redemption, Parallax, the perpetrator of Zero Hour.  He volunteers to accompany Barry Allan and Kara Zor-El back to the Crisis in which they were originally fated to die and use his power to prevent the collapse of the original multiverse.  Pre-Flashpoint Superman and his family make the journey as well.  We do not see the results, but Braniac announces that they have been successful.  The Crisis on Infinite Earths is undone, and the multiverse is saved.  He proceeds to return the characters to safe timelines, while the survivors of Earth 2 receive Telos itself, relocated to their home universe, as a new Earth 2.

So, what does all that mean?  According to Jeff King, author of the Convergence event, the Crisis and its sequels have literally been undone.  All of the worlds that ever existed still exist.  The multiverse is no an omniverse, possibly even an array of multiverses.  Of course, that begs the question of how the entire post-Crisis history of the DCU can remain.  One suspects that the Grant Morrison idea of hypertime will play a role here.  The axis of dimensions that separate the worlds of the multiverse has been joined by an axis of time, along whose length different versions of every world, every universe, every multiverse, exist.

Unfortunately, for such a sweeping theme, the art is inconsistent and unsatisfying.  Multiple pencillers and inkers have labored on this volume, creating a rough product that feels hastily created and poorly integrated.  Multiple realities should not mean multiple visions of the same reality, which is what we have in this conclusion.

Grade

B-

Conclusion

This is a book that delivers an enormous set of changes with curiously little impact. The battle against the Crisis takes place off the page. The new omniverse is only suggested. Even the ultimate outcome for the Earth 2 survivors seems cursory and hollow. Yet, the changes endure. What do the mean for they DC You? That will be one of the biggest questions over the next year, and the answer will determine the eventual importance of CONVERGENCE in the now-infinite time of the DC Universe.