Big thanks goes out to John Dudas, of Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop in Cleveland, OH for putting this awesome guide together. We’ve pretty much posted the content word for word, and you can view the original article HERE
Here is your definitive guide to DC Comics Convergence, two months worth of comic stories in April and May where “Every Story Matters.” Prepare to see the return of all the characters you love in the settings that you love them in. While DC is not completely abandoning the New 52 Universe, we’re finally getting back what we’ve wanted, mixed up continuity that you can’t always explain, but has always provided us with the most enjoyable stories. I’ve attached quite a few links to people who are explaining it better than me, and while it seems overwhelming, once you understand the structure of this event it’s quite easy. (and exciting)
Starting on Wednesday, April 1st, the nine part weekly Convergence mini series begins with issue #0.
Brainiac has capture multiple timelines from all across the Multiverse and placed them under domes on the same planet. (much the way he saved Kandor and Supergirl back in the 1960′s) Now in the aftermath of Future’s End and World’s End (both of which will end on April 1st, and no, you don’t have to read them) all these domes are lifted up, allowing us access to timelines we haven’t seen in years, along with the interaction of characters from these timelines.
Then, starting April 8th, DC will debut 40 two-issue mini series at a rate of ten a week, first issues in April, second issues in May. All series will tie into Convergence, and each week will have a different theme and cover a different forgotten time period.
Here is the best article I’ve found explaining the whole thing: Your guide to understanding DC “Convergence” Timelines. Each #1 issue is $3.99 and will also contain a two page opening, refreshing your knowledge about the characters contained within.
As the weeks progress it is almost like you’re travelling backwards through DC’s History. Week One will cover stories from before Flashpoint (2011) till after Zero Hour (1994). This era is being dubbed “The Return of the Fan Favorites” and is basically DC bringing back every character that people are upset were absent from the new 52. This includes Wally West Flash, Stephanie Brown and Cassandra Cain Batgirl, and the Gotham City Sirens. You’ll even get to see Gail Simone go back to the Nightwing / Oracle relationship with Barbara Gordon back in her wheelchair.
Here’s what week one looks like:
- The Atom #1 (Tom Peyer and Steve Yeowell)
- Batgirl #1 (Alisa Kwitney and Rick Leonardi)
- Batman and Robin #1 (Ron Marz, Denys Cowan and Klaus Janson)
- Harley Quinn #1 (Steve Pugh and Phil Winslade) pictured above
- Justice League #1 (Frank Tieri and Vicente Cifuentes)
- Nightwing/Oracle #1 (Gail Simone and Jan Duursema)
- The Question #1 (Greg Rucka and Cully Hammer)
- Speed Force #1 (Tony Bernard and Tom Grummett)
- Superman #1 (Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks)
- Titans #1 (Fabian Nicieza and Ron Wagner)
This is the week where everyone gets their old DC back. Here’s a great article where creators get to talk about their work on week one.
Week Two will cover stories from before Zero Hour (1994) till after Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985). This era is dubbed “An Event For Everyone”. This is the time period when the shop first opened and comics were huge. The Death of Superman, Batman’s broken back, Green Lantern Parallax, and the high comedy era of the Justice League. We’ll even go back to those piranhas eating Aquaman’s hand again. All this and more will be revisited this week.
- Aquaman #1 (Tony Bernard and Larry Hama)
- Batman Shadow of the Bat #1 (Larry Hama and Philip Tan) pictures above
- Catwoman #1 (Justin Gray and Ron Randall)
- Green Arrow #1 (Christy Marx and Rags Morales)
- Green Lantern / Parallax #1 (Tony Bernard and Ron Wagner)
- Justice League International (Ron Marz and Mike Manley)
- Suicide Squad #1 (Frank Tieri and Tom Mandrake)
- Superboy #1 (Fabian Nicieza and Karl Moline)
- Supergirl Matrix #1 (Keith Guffen and Timothy Green II)
- Superman Man Of Steel #1 (Louise Simonson and June Brigman)
You may have noticed that some of these creators are the same people who worked on these books back in the 90′s. It seems like everyone was reading comics back then so this is the week people will relate to the most. Here’s what they have to say.
Week Three will cover the time frame before Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985), specifically stories on Earth One from 1970 to 1985. Dubbed “An Age of Bronze Multiverse”, expect to see a return to the stories that defined this era. Wolfman’s Teen Titans, Lein Wein and Bernie Wrightson’s Swamp Thing, Batman and the Outsiders, Justice League Detroit and Supergirl’s headband.
- Adventures of Superman #1 (Marv Wolfman and Roberto Viacava)
- Batman and the Outsiders #1 (Marc Andreyko and Carlos D’Anda)
- The Flash #1 (Dan Abnett and Federica Dallocchio)
- Green Lantern Corps #1 (David Gallaher and Steve Ellis)
- Hawkman #1 (Jeff Parker and Tim Truman)
- Justice League America #1 (Fabian Nicieza and Chriscross)
- New Teen Titans #1 (Marv Wolfman and Nicola Scott)
- Superboy and the Legion of Superheroes #1 (Stuart Moore and Gus Storms)
- Swamp Things #1 (Len Wein and Kelly Jones) pictures above
- Wonder Woman #1 (Larry Hama and Joshua Middleton)
This week is basically about me going back to when I first started reading comic books. (sigh) Here’s what the creators have to say on week three:
In Week Four, we visit the time frame before Crisis on Infinite Earths (1985) again, but this time we visit all the other Earth’s aside from Earth One. Dubbed “DC’s Timelines Collide” we’ll see teams like Infinity Inc, the Justice Society, Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters, Shazam and the Fawcett Universe, along with Blue Beetle and the characters from Charlton. (If this doesn’t make our seasoned old Silver Age customers happy again, then they’re beyond saving.)
- Action Comics #1 (Justice Gray and Claude St-Aubin)
- Blue Beetle #1 (Scott Lobdell and Yishan Li)
- Booster Gold #1 (Dan Jurgans and Alvaro Martinez)
- Crime Syndicate #1 (Brian Buccellato and Phil Winslade)
- Detective Comics #1 (Len Wein, Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz)
- Infinity Inc #1 (Jerry Ordway and Ben Caldwell)
- Justice Society of America (Dan Abnett and Tom Derenick)
- Plastic Man and the Freedom Fighters #1 (Simon Oliver and John McCrea)
- Shazam! #1 (Jeff Parker and Even “Doc” Shaner) pictures above
- World’s Finest Comics #1 (Paul Levitz and Joe Rubinstein)
This week contains some really fun real estate to explore, and here’s what the creators have to say about that.
Each issue will also have a cover priced variant cover by graphic designer extraordinaire Chip Kidd, combining classic artwork with modern art design.
To keep you coming back for the second issue of each of these two issue mini’s in May, DC has announced that each issue #2 will features a brand new 8 page story that will tie into the company’s relaunch of titles in June. You’ll also be able to get a sneak preview of this relaunch on Free Comic Book Day this year, with the FCBD DC Comics Divergence Special. (we’ll make sure we’ve got lots on hand)
So what can I do beforehand to prepare? First, check out the included PDF checklist files. The included pdf’s (convergence side 1 and convergence side 2) contains a list of each 2-issue series shipping in April and May.
Thanks again to John Dudas for putting that together. You can add DC Comics’ Convergence titles to your pull list today by visiting our Pull List Changes and Updates page!