Art By: Yishan Li, Dave McCaig
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 29, 2015
Down and Out In The Dome
We head over to Kord Industries, where Ted has been working on a new science project that will hopefully free everyone from the dome and he asked Captain Atom over so that he can oversee and give sanction to his experiment.........which he kind of does even though Ted seriously called him out on the massacre he just came from. So get this, here's another first for the Convergence "rules", Ted's attempt to bring down the dome, while technically a failure, did manage to somehow give Captain Atom his powers back......... which I don't fully understand but hey, we'll go with it. So Captain Atom is back up and running and after witnessing a cascade of colors in the sky, he comes across Dr. Spectro, who has gotten his powers back as well. Before any real fistacuffs can be thrown, they're interrupted by the "unstuck in time" Booster Gold, who gets a bit of a beating from Captain Atom....... just before he vanishes....... If you're confused, go read Convergence: Booster Gold....... which will probably get you a little more confused.
In the end, after Booster fades away, somehow the powers that Captain Atom and Dr. Spectro had regained faded with him........ which also leads to one of the weirdest versions of Telos' grand speech about survival of the fittest, where the dome comes down and I guess Captain Atom and the rest of the super powered folks of Hub City will regain their powers. It's just weird that they had them again only to have them taken away right before they get them back.......... Yes, very odd indeed. I hope Blue Beetle didn't screw something up so that Captain Atom doesn't get to have his powers back next issue......... because Earth-4's Hub City would be seriously screwed.
That's it for Convergence: Blue Beetle and while I enjoyed it for the atmosphere and setting of Earth-4, it was an odd issue. It might have worked better if we were given a correlation between Booster Gold arriving and vanishing to Captain Atom regaining his powers and then loosing them. It just comes off as odd and I don't know if I'm supposed to believe that any of this was due to Beetle's experiment or solely due to Booster being unstuck in time. The most interesting part to the story for me was seeing the new status quo of Hub City after it's time under the dome and how people are dealing with their freedoms being taken away and I wish we could have seen more of that....... I know we only have a limited amount of time to get the Convergence story going but the rest just seemed like nonsense and then some more nonsense to get Booster Gold thrown in. I dug the art though so this issue was really a mixed bag for me.
Bits and Pieces:
I loved the world and I loved the characters, but this issue doesn't do much to make me interested in what Hub City is up to during Convergence. We've had some strange things happen for what I like to call "the rules" of Convergence during this event, but this one has to be one of the strangest and I don't know if it was just because the creators needed this to tie-in to the Convergence: Booster Gold issue or what, I just know that it left me scratching my head. Hopefully we get some answers in the next issue.