The annual comic book crossover event is a staple of both major superhero publishers, and has been now for nearly 30 years. Recent years have seen the comics industry go a bit more mainstream with the announcements of those events, and today, DC Comics chose major news outlet USA Today in order to share plans for their upcoming effort with the company crossover, and it sounds both different and ambitious.
The event is titled Convergence, and will premiere in comic shops and digitally in April of 2015. In the article, the outlet describes the format of the upcoming series as being far more than a simple 7 or 8-issue mini-series. It reads,
The company is putting its line of superhero comic books on hiatus for two months for […] a nine-week miniseries kicking off with a zero issue on April 1. The story line will spill into 40 two-part miniseries in April and May featuring a variety of writers and artists examining the worlds of the DC Universe over the decades, as well as the heroes and villains contained within. […]Following in the footsteps of Brainiac is Telos, a new bad guy being introduced in Convergence. Named after the Greek philosophical term for ”end” or ”goal,” he is born of Brainiac and this mysterious planet — even taking on traits of that world — “but becomes a character unto himself,” says DiDio.
Since the premiere of “The New 52” in September of 2011, DC has been a little skiddish about actively delving too deeply into the full history of this latest iteration of the DC Universe. The earliest looks we’ve gotten thus far are in Grant Morrison’s first story arc on Action Comics, Scott Snyder’s “Zero Year” story in Batman, and the various “Zero Year” tie-ins that examined what other heroes were up to at the time of Batman’s first adventure in the new continuity.
DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio told USA Today that the history of the DCU will be one of the major factors at play in the new series. He says,
“It captures the full essence and scope of DC’s incredible history and storytelling. There is a story and a character for every generation of DC Comics fan.”
The article details that the format of the series will be spinning out of the finales of two upcoming weekly series: Future’s End, and Earth 2: World’s End, which both deal with the near-futures of both the mainline DC Universe and the alternate Earth 2.
The alien supervillain Brainiac has trapped cities from various timelines and planets that have ended, brought them in domes to a planet outside of time and space, and is now opening them for a great experiment to see what happens when all these folks meet.
The other DC Co-Publisher, renowned artist Jim Lee, directly says that elements of the DCU that fans have been actively asking about — like Donna Troy, Blue Beetle Ted Kord, and the Justice Society of America — will be directly addressed in Convergence, and how they’ve “existed within the framework of the New 52.”
For more details on Convergence, be sure to keep an eye on GeekNation, and we’ll have a review for the prominent parts of the series when it begins next year!
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