Sunday, May 10, 2015

Convergence: The Question #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Cully Hamner, Dave McCaig
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 6, 2015


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Let's travel back to the Pre-Flashpoint Gotham so we can ask the hard questions...... Like why the hell would Renee Montoya turn her back on Two-Face?  After a year of The Question checking in on Harvey Dent, making sure that he didn't kill himself........... because it seems that the dome is fucking with him and won't let his coin land on the bad side, Renee goes and lets her guard down once the dome disappears and Harvey pistol whipped her so he could go and meet his other self from another Gotham........ and hopefully have that Harvey do him in.  That was then, but this is now and after seeing that Huntress and Batwoman decided to join the fun, I expect one hell of a issue ahead of us.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our story begins with Huntress mothering Renee's wounds and Batwoman looking back at them like "you showboating bitch"......... Maybe that was just me, but since Batwoman is Renee's ex, I know if I was in that position, I'd be a little pissed.  Even with all that though, our trio are working together to track down Two-Face before he goes and does something stupid like get himself killed.  Now I don't know if I missed this in the past issue or if it was just implied and I wasn't hip to their jive, but it seems like Two-Face is actually supposed to fight his double from another mother......parallel mother........... and here I thought that Two-Face was just going to take the opportunity of being stranded on a planet full of parallel versions of himself as a way to end it all...........  It even says in the comic that Renee thinks Telos has a hint of irony to him for pitting a Harvey Dent against a Harvey Dent and I think it's funny as hell.

Remember in the first issue how Two-Face was working with some gangbangers in hunting down the last of the meds in the city?  Well, he was, but he was double crossed by the gang.......... who he quickly showed that double crossing him was a foolish mistake and here we see that he's willing to give those gang members and the rest of their gang a second chance by helping him out when he goes to confront his other self........ Really I just like this part because I get to say things like double cross and second chance when referring to Two-Face, because all getting this gang together to stand guard while he confronts another Harvey Dent does, is slow Huntress, The Question and Batwoman down slightly........ Oh and to allow Batwoman the time to straight up state that Huntress is sleeping with Renee....... which it seems she's not by the way, she's only the roommate.  I guess you could say that Helena and Renee are just really close, but I could have sworn I picked up on them being more than friends.

In the end, we see Two-Face confront Judge Dent and after Two-Face explained all that Judge Dent could lose, his city, his family, etc, our Harvey finally convinces his prettier double to shoot him........ Which Renee jumps in the middle of and takes the bullet herself......... Now I'm a bit confused at this point because even though we were led to believe that Two-Face had to face Harvey Dent, after Judge Dent shot Renee, a portal opened and sucked him away.  Did he just defeat The Question and Telos figured he won?  Don't worry though, gentle fans, after Batwoman freaked out at her ex being shot and presumed killed, she tries to give her mouth to mouth and Renee pulls a Squints from The Sandlot and starts making out with her....... We learn two things here, Renee had kevlar lined in her suit and it looks like our two heroes are going to be getting back together.  If that wasn't enough of a happy ending, Renee tells Two-Face that she saved him because she believes he's worth it and she also goes and visits her dying father in the hospital who before he got sick, disowned Renee for being gay, but here we see the two reconcile before his death, when her father tells her he loves her.............. and if that's not enough to give you the feels, when Renee is leaving the hospital we see that Two-Face left her his coin because I guess he doesn't want the possibility of being bad anymore.  Holy shit did this have a great set of endings.

That's it for this issue of Convergence: The Question and Greg Rucka and Cully Hamner just knocked this issue out of the park with bringing us back the character that they made us love so much.  While I don't quite get why Judge Dent was sucked back to where he belonged after shooting Renee, the rest of the issue was fantastic.  There was just so much emotion conveyed through these fictional characters that I felt two-dimensional in comparison to them.  I don't feel half as much as these characters did and I don't know what sort of voodoo Greg Rucka used to make these characters feel so alive........ but keep up the hoodoo brother man.  Just an excellent issue that looked great in the process and makes me wish that we could continue the journey that these characters started here.

Bits and Pieces:

Just when I thought I was getting burned out by Convergence, this issue just gave me a second wind.  While I liked more than just this issue during this first week of second issues, this is the one that made me feel the most and I'm blown away at how well these characters were written and drawn.  One of the best issues this week of Convergence and it's one that everyone should be picking up.


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