Demythify: Top 10 DC Comics Convergence Two-Shot Mini-Series; Batman, Justice League & More Spoilers Via April & May 2015 New 52 Solicitations!

Welcome to Demythify! This week we tackle the Convergence two-shots.

DC Comics is releasing 40 two-shot Convergence tie-in mini-series over April and May 2015. I’ve struggled to sort out which books I will be picking because there are so many that actually interest me. What will say at the outset is that I consider the two most important Convergence related series to be the main Convergence weekly series and the Booster Gold two-shot.

The weekly series because it seemingly carries us from the endings of Multiversity, New 52 Future’s End and Earth 2 World’s End to the experimental DC universe titles world post-Convergence. Regarding Booster Gold, since he is a time-traveler and someone who can traverse the multiverse, that would set him up nicely to play a large role in Convergence.

Accepting that, the below are my Top 10 Convergence two-shots. My criteria for determining which to pick up were the eras and characters I enjoyed at the time and was actually reading them. The April and May 2015 DC Comics Solicitations follow for each two-shot mini-series.

Spoilers follow in case you haven’t seen the solicitations.

TOP 10

Fave eras / series / characters

(10) Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes

I also fondly remember the late 1970’s version of Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes. Sideburns for everyone! I hope this two-shot channels the spirit of that era.

J Convergence Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #1 J Convergence Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #2

    CONVERGENCE: SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #1
    Written by STUART MOORE
    Art by GUS STORMS and MARK FARMER
    Cover by PIA GUERRA
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale APRIL 22 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

    STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS!! While Brainiac 5 struggles to break through the dome, Superboy tries to keep the Legion of Super-Heroes’ spirits up – until the Atomic Knights ride into town to cause mass destruction!

    CONVERGENCE: SUPERBOY AND THE LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES #2
    Written by STUART MOORE
    Art by PETER GROSS and MARK FARMER
    Cover by PIA GUERRA
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale MAY 20 • 40 pg, FC, 2 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

    STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Brainiac 5 and Superboy are from one of the most advanced worlds under the Convergence dome, but nothing can prepare them for the all-out war they now find themselves in against the Atomic Knights!

    This extra-sized issue includes a sneak peek at what’s coming up in the DC Universe!

(9) Batman and the Outsiders

The early 1980’s launch of Batman and the Outsiders is a series I fondly remember, particularly the art of Jim Aparo. This era is revisited during Convergence by beloved Manhunter scribe Marc Andreyko.

I Convergence Batman and the Outsiders #1 I Convergence Batman and the Outsiders #2

    CONVERGENCE: BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #1
    Written by MARC ANDREYKO
    Art CARLOS D’ANDA
    Cover by ANDY KUBERT
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale APRIL 22 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

    STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! After a year under the dome, the Outsiders have gone their separate ways, but when OMAC attacks, Batman must find out if they have what it takes to still be a team.

    CONVERGENCE: BATMAN AND THE OUTSIDERS #2
    Written by MARC ANDREYKO
    Art and cover by CARLOS D’ANDA
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale MAY 20 • 40 pg, FC, 2 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.
    STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Batman leads the Outsiders against a terror from the Great Disaster – Godmaker and OMAC!

    This extra-sized issue includes a sneak peek at what’s coming up in the DC Universe!

(8) Justice League America

I love the last several issues of the Justice League of America run that featured the Detroit-based Justice League. A big reason is, who wouldn’t like these lovable losers? Plus we had awesome art by Luke McDonnell who would go on to work with writer John Ostrander on the defining iteration of the Suicide Squad. The last few issues here were part of one of my fave 1980’s mini-series: Legends. I’m jazzed to see these characters together again.

That said, I don’t know why DC Comics dropped the “of” in Justice League of America for this two-shot. The Justice League America (sans “of”) didn’t happen till years later. Is this a copyright thing? A bit weird if you ask me.

H Convergence Justice League of America #1 Detroit H Convergence Justice League of America #2 Detroit

    CONVERGENCE: JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #1
    Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
    Art and cover by CHRISCROSS
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD
    On sale APRIL 22 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

    STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! With their heavy hitters sidelined, Elongated Man must lead the much-maligned “Detroit Justice League” against the overwhelming power of the heroes from the Tangent Universe!

    CONVERGENCE: JUSTICE LEAGUE AMERICA #2
    Written by FABIAN NICIEZA
    Art and cover by CHRISCROSS
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale MAY 20 • 40 pg, FC, 2 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

    STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Witness the final stand of the Detroit Justice League as they fight to survive against the Tangent Universe!

    This extra-sized issue includes a sneak peek at what’s coming up in the DC Universe!

(7) Green Lantern Corps

This 1980’s era version of the team is one of my faves. We had Dave Gibbons on art followed by Joe Staton. We had Predator and the Demolition Team tangle with Hal Jordan. We had Hal quit the Corps and John Stewart take over and reveal his secret identity to the world. We also had Guy Gardner during the run that led to the book being renamed Green Lantern Corps. So glad to see this era revisited. Plus, gorgeous covers by 1990’s classic Starman artist Tony Harris.

G Convergence Green Lantern Corps #1 G Convergence Green Lantern Corps #2

    CONVERGENCE: GREEN LANTERN CORPS #1
    Written by DAVID GALLAHER
    Art by STEVE ELLIS and ANDE PARKS
    Cover by TONY HARRIS
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale APRIL 22 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

    STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Say the Oath, save the world! If only being in the Green Lantern Corps was that easy. Hal has resigned, John is busy, and Guy is pissed. Together for the first time, they’ll save Gotham City or die trying!

    CONVERGENCE: GREEN LANTERN CORPS #2
    Written by DAVID GALLAHER
    Art by STEVE ELLIS and ANDE PARKS
    Cover by TONY HARRIS
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale MAY 20 • 40 pg, FC, 2 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

    STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! The Green Lantern Corps is revived when Hal Jordan, John Stewart and Guy Gardner power up and race to take on Hercules Unbound and Anti God from the Great Disaster!

    This extra-sized issue includes a sneak peek at what’s coming up in the DC Universe!

(6) New Teen Titans

Classic writer Marv Wolfman returns to his “kids” joined by a modern era top artist in Nicola Scott? WIN! Tiger’s blood level win. 😉 Plus, if I can’t have a 1980’s Doom Patrol two-shot as part of Convergence, I’ll take the Tangent Doom Patrol who we’ll see here.

F Convergence New Teen Titans #1 F Convergence New Teen Titans #2

    CONVERGENCE: NEW TEEN TITANS #1
    Written by MARV WOLFMAN
    Art by NICOLA SCOTT and MARC DEERING
    Cover by NICOLA SCOTT
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale APRIL 22 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

    STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Titans Together! The greatest Titans team of them all takes on the might of the Tangent Universe’s Doom Patrol!

    CONVERGENCE: NEW TEEN TITANS #2
    Written by MARV WOLFMAN
    Art by NICOLA SCOTT and MARC DEERING
    Cover by NICOLA SCOTT
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale MAY 20 • 40 pg, FC, 2 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

    STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Titans Together – no more, when they face the might of the Tangent Doom Patrol! Is this the end of what many consider the greatest Titans team in the history of the Multiverse?
    This extra-sized issue includes a sneak peek at what’s coming up in the DC Universe!

(5) Green Arrow

While I would have preferred a creator Mike Grell / Long Bow Hunters era Green Arrow, this era is right after it and introduced us to Oliver Queen’s son Connor Hawke who succeeded Queen as GA. Curious how this series will work, but I love the pre-Hawke era, so I’ll check this out to see what Grell influences are here. Plus, Rags Morales on art is a HUGE draw for me as well.

E Convergence Green Arrow #1 E Convergence Green Arrow #2

    CONVERGENCE: GREEN ARROW #1
    Written by CHRISTY MARX
    Art by RAGS MORALES and CLAUDE ST-AUBIN
    Cover by RAGS MORALES
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale APRIL 15 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

    STARRING HEROES FROM ZERO HOUR! Don’t miss the first meeting between Oliver Queen and his son, Connor Hawke! Father and son may be united, but is their world about to end?

    CONVERGENCE: GREEN ARROW #2
    Written by CHRISTY MARX
    Art by RAGS MORALES and CLAUDE ST-AUBIN
    Cover by RAGS MORALES
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale MAY 13 • 40 pg, FC, 2 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

    STARRING HEROES FROM ZERO HOUR! It’s a family feud! The first-ever meeting between Oliver Queen and Connor Hawke gets complicated when they are attacked by Kingdom Come’s Dinah Lance and Olivia Queen!

    This extra-sized issue includes a sneak peek at what’s coming up in the DC Universe!

(4) Shazam

I remain a huge fan of Captain Marvel and all those Fawcett comics characters that DC Comics purchases a generation ago. While Captain Marvel is now just Shazam at DC Comics, this two-shot still looks great with classic Mike Mignola pencilled Gotham by Gaslight Batman tangling with the Shazam kids. Looks like fun.

D Convergence Shazam #1 D Convergence Shazam #2

    CONVERGENCE: SHAZAM #1
    Written by JEFF PARKER
    Art and cover by EVAN “DOC” SHANER
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale APRIL 29 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

    STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! It’s Shazam versus Steampunk, as the world of Gotham by Gaslight takes on the Captain Marvel family and friends!

    CONVERGENCE: SHAZAM! #2
    Written by JEFF PARKER
    Art and cover by EVAN “DOC” SHANER
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale MAY 27 • 40 pg, FC, 2 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

    STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! The shining city of Fawcett takes on the murky gaslit world of Gotham City as Captain Marvel finds the Victorian-era Batman prepared to take on the mightiest of mortals! At the heart of the battle a new alliance of villains comes together to destroy the future, and one world will be sent to oblivion…

    This extra-sized issue includes a sneak peek at what’s coming up in the DC Universe!

(3) Hawkman

I love that Shadow War of Hawkman era of Hawk-lore. I’m glad to revisit this time. Plus Hawkworld artist Tim Truman is on art! Sold.

C Convergence Hawkman #1 C Convergence Hawkman #2

    CONVERGENCE: HAWKMAN #1
    Written by JEFF PARKER
    Art by TIM TRUMAN and ENRIQUE ALCATENA
    Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale APRIL 22 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
    STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Hawkman and Hawkgirl put their Shadow War on hold as they face the might of anthropomorphic rat-men and bat-men in the deadly land of Kamandi!

    CONVERGENCE: HAWKMAN #2
    Written by JEFF PARKER
    Art by TIM TRUMAN and ENRIQUE ALCATENA
    Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale MAY 20 • 40 pg, FC, 2 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

    STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Hawkman, Hawkgirl and Thanagarian Shadow Agents set out to destroy the deadly bat people and rat people from the land of Kamandi!

    This extra-sized issue includes a sneak peek at what’s coming up in the DC Universe!

(2) Suicide Squad

Bane, Cyborg-Superman, Deathstroke and others join Deadshot and Amanda Waller! Looks like fun with classic Waller and ‘Shot. Plus class Squad writer John Ostrander’s frequent artistic collaborator Tom Mandrake on art? I’m in.

B Convergence Suicide Squad #1 B Convergence Suicide Squad #2

    CONVERGENCE: SUICIDE SQUAD #1
    Written by FRANK TIERI
    Art by TOM MANDRAKE
    Cover by JOHN PAUL LEON
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale APRIL 15 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T+

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

    STARRING HEROES FROM ZERO HOUR! When Kingdom Come’s floating fortress of New Oa threatens Metropolis, it’s up to Amanda Waller to assemble a team of Metropolis’s deadliest villains to stop it.

    CONVERGENCE: SUICIDE SQUAD #2
    Written by FRANK TIERI
    Art by TOM MANDRAKE
    Cover by JOHN PAUL LEON
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale MAY 13 • 40 pg, FC, 2 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T+

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

    STARRING HEROES FROM ZERO HOUR! Bane and Cyborg Superman join Amanda Waller and her Suicide Squad’s attack on Kingdom Come Green Lantern’s floating fortress of New Oa! And lots and lots and lots of heroes die!

    This extra-sized issue includes a sneak peek at what’s coming up in the DC Universe!

(1) Speed Force

The Flash, Wally West, and family. We need more functional families in the DC Universe. Still not sold on the kids’ costumes, by Wally West as a well-adjusted adult hero and father/husband remains compelling.

A Convergence Speed Force #1 A Convergence Speed Force #2

    CONVERGENCE: SPEED FORCE #1
    Written by TONY BEDARD
    Art by TOM GRUMMETT and SEAN PARSONS
    Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale APRIL 8 • 32 pg, FC, 1 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for more information.

    STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! The fastest family alive loses its powers as Wally West and his kids face an uncertain future while trapped away from home. Will they be able to outrun the chaos that follows the arrival of Flashpoint Wonder Woman? Plus, don’t miss the most unexpected Zoo Crew character of all!

    CONVERGENCE: SPEED FORCE #2
    Written by TONY BEDARD
    Art by TOM GRUMMETT and SEAN PARSONS
    Cover by BRETT BOOTH and NORM RAPMUND
    Variant cover designed by CHIP KIDD

    On sale MAY 6 • 40 pg, FC, 2 of 2, $3.99 US • RATED T

    Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for information.

    STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! Wally West desperately tries to protect his children and his city from the brutal assault of the Flashpoint Wonder Woman as the next phase of Convergence begins!

    This extra-sized issue includes a sneak peek at what’s coming up in the DC Universe!

So, what DC Comics Convergence two-shots do you plan to pick up?

Thanks for reading. All feedback welcome.

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