Well, my comic collecting cohorts, this is the big one, the entire DC Universe from the dawn of time through the ‘New 52′ reboot will come together against a threat that will bend the multiverse to its own will. Every character from DC’s past, including alternate reality variants of existing heroes and villains (including classic Elseworld characters such as vampire Batman from
Red Rain) will be brought into this massive ongoing saga that runs the entire month of April, this will lead up to next months addition of 25 new ongoing comic series to the DC Comics line.
Convergence gathers together all existing and forgotten storylines and characters from DC’s past and present, and thrusts them together in an attempt to determine where do worlds go when they die. After Braniac gains access to the Vanishing Point, (a dimension that exists outside of space and time, occurring in the last possible moment before entropy ends everything in the universe) he gains the ability to look back at the histories of worlds that are now deceased. He determines to gather these long lost worlds together, and pit them against each other so he can observe the eventual outcome.
Convergence titles available this week are: Convergence #1, Titans, The Question, The Atom, Superman, Speed Force, Nightwing/Oracle, Justice League, Harley Quinn, Batman and Robin, and Batgirl.
DC’s regular monthly titles will be taking a one month hiatus whilst this epic time spanning saga unfolds. As of next month, the DC universe you thought you knew, will be a whole new beast indeed my friends. It is an exciting time to be a DC fanatic!!
Well this is the big one, a knock down, drag out fight between the Batman and DC’s premier Supervillain the immortal Godlike being Darkseid. This issue brings us the penultimate chapter of the Robin Rises storyline that has been running in Batman & Robin for the past five issues. Batman has been fighting to bring back from the dead his son and former Robin Damian Wayne, and his journey reaches its conclusion on Apokolips with a life or death struggle with it’s ruler Darkseid.
This isn’t the first time these two titans of comic book lore have fought, though the last time they did Batman found himself on the wrong end of Darkseid’s Omega beams and got vapourised! (eventually coming back from the dead, as all good heroes do), but with the possible resurrection of his son riding on this fight, Batman is more than prepared to make sure that this time he comes out on top.
The Robin Rises story has kept me wanting more every issue so far, I am a big fan of the Damian Wayne Robin and have lamented his untimely death since he was killed by the Heretic (actually an adult clone of Damian) in Batman Inc in 2013. The story comes highly recommended and this issue in particular is a highlight of the series so far.
Batman and Robin #37 is available at your local comic book emporium right now, with the cover and interior art by Mick Gray and Patrick Gleason, written by Peter J. Tomasi with an alternative cover also available drawn by Darwyn Cooke.