Monday, May 25, 2015

Convergence: Superboy and The Legion of Super-Heroes #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Stuart Moore
Art By: Peter Gross, Mark Farmer, John Rauch, Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 20, 2015

Our Little Boy Is Becoming A Man

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Outside of space and time, we're headed to the city of the Legion of Super-Heroes and now that our Legion heroes have gotten their powers back, it looks like they'll have to defend their city against the Atomic Knights............... Which sounds like it's a cakewalk if you ask me.  Yeah, I don't know shit about the Atomic Knights besides that they're a bunch of people that have survived a terrible war and now ride around on giant dalmatians, all decked out in armor.  So with that as my baseline for who these characters are, you can understand how I believe they'll get their asses kicked by the combined forces of the Legion and Superboy.  Maybe they're bad asses, I don't know, all I know is that I really didn't care for the first issue to this two-parter and I'm really hoping that this issue will bring it.......... "it" being something interesting.  So let's check this out and see if I can get behind Convergence: Superboy and The Legion of Super-Heroes.

Explain It!:

Our issue begins in Durvale, the city of the Atomic Knights and I'm digging the fact that Stuart Moore is giving us a little background and motivation on the Atomic Knights, since most people I would think wouldn't know anything about them and it's kind of necessary since DC decided that at the end of the first issues, they'd give you a little background on the title character, instead of the more obscure characters that these titles were dealing with.  Electropolis, Tangent Universe and the Atomic Knights, it's like walking into a story halfway and trying to piece things together on your own.  I guess that's on me though for not doing my due diligence before coming into this event.  Anyway, the Atomic Knights are planning on taking down 30th century Metropolis because obviously, Telos told them too, but it comes off as a more personal attack for the leader of the Knights: Gardner because it was superheroes who failed to protect his world when the bombs dropped and he's planning on making these heroes pay............ with some sort of crazy biological weapon. 

Well, when they get to Metropolis, Superboy can't say anything to make them listen to reason and the fight is on............... and I can't believe my eyes but for the majority of this fight, it looks like the Atomic Knights have this one in the bag and the only explanation I get in the comic about how this would actually be happening is, the Legion are out of practice.  It's a good thing that one of the Knights is more focused on pinpointing the location of Telos than fighting and his quest takes him to Brainiac-5's lab, where he hopes to use the futuristic equipment to find the monster that is making them fight........... only thing is, he finds Brainiac-5, who's been drawing him towards the lab so the two could work together.

In the end, the bio weapon that would have killed Metropolis is put out of play and Brainiac-5 and the Knight get everyone to stop fighting so that they can work together to get to the bottom of this whole Convergence thing and the whole time I'm waiting for a booming voice to announce that they aren't playing by the rules or the two cities just straight up getting destroyed, but that never happens.......... I guess Telos got too busy for this one and as our issue closes, Superboy gets back to making out with Lightning Lass.

That's it for this issue of Convergence: Superboy and The Legion of Super-Heroes and it wasn't the exceptional issue that I hoped it would be to make the first chapter to this story worthwhile in a overall sense.  We have the Legion and we have the Atomic Knights, but somehow to me there wasn't enough of either to really make this a decent issue............ Does that make sense to anyone?  Also, while a lot of titles have had their characters team up to find a better solution than fighting to the death, for some reason this issue just feels like there's no ramifications to their actions.  Okay, we won't fight........The End.  I don't know, it just kind of rubbed me the wrong way because of how many times we've seen this already.  On top of all that Negative Nancy-ness, we have this great sub-plot with Brainiac-5 and one of the Atomic Knights finding out about the planet going to another reality........ which we see in the main Convergence title, but it doesn't go anywhere and with no more issues to this title, it's really a letdown.  So yeah, I'm not really feeling this issue and with art that is similar to the first issue's artist, but not quite as good, this becomes a really disappointing installment.

Bits and Pieces:

While this issue tries to add to what we had in the first issue, it really comes off not doing much at all.  Yeah, it's bitch that that these are only two-parters when we get just enough information to get us interested in something only to get no resolution.  Ultimately, with nothing really going on in this title, except for things we'll never see go down and art that is similar but not quite as good to the first issue's, this title was a real letdown.

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