Update November 6, 2014: A new "full-size" promo image, expanding on the original released with the announcement for Convergence was released Thursday morning. The new promo shot expands upon the original with even more familiar worlds - and faces. There's Red Son Superman, Kingdom Come, Captain Carrot, the original Marvel family, Superboy and the Legion, a Renee Montoya Question, and even Robin the Toy Wonder. See who else you can spot by clicking on the new image above to see it larger.
Original Story: DC Comics has finally announced their April 2015 event, being used to cover the process of their move from New York to Los Angeles, and also to help them celebrate the 30th anniversary of the mother of all events, Crisis on Infinite Earths.
The story is called Convergence, and will run for two months (nine weeks) beginning April 1, 2015 (no fooling). 40 two-part miniseries will run in April and May spotlighting worlds, storylines, and characters from throughout the entire history of the DC Universe alongside a weekly 8-issue (plus a zero) main mini-series. They will take the place of the currently published ongoing comic books from DC Comics for the duration of April and May. Brainiac starts off as the big bad, but a new one named Telos will also be introduced, as debuted on USAToday.com.
The story begins with Convergence #0 on April 1 written by Jeff King and Dan Jurgens, and drawn by Ethan Van Sciver, the same day that Earth 2: World’s End and Futures End, two of DC Comics current world and timeline eschewing weekly series both end. In the 89 issues, Brainiac, as seen recently in Futures End, has been taking cities in bottles, as has been his modus operandi for some time - but this time he’s taking them from timelines and planets that are dying, not just from one universe. The bottle cities from throughout DC’s multiverse of multiverses (omniverse?) will be brought together on one world outside of the DC Universe’s traditional time and space, all opened, and observed. Most likely, that world is the Blood Moon that recently debuted in the pages of Futures End.
If that sounds familiar, it’s because it is essentially a combination of previous comic book events Crisis on Infinite Earths, Secret Wars, and Contest of Champions.
”There is a story and a character for every generation of DC Comics fan,” co-publisher Dan DiDio said of the story, “We’re picking up at points of their lives where we left them and finding out what’s gone on with them since then.”
Indeed, characters like Donna Troy, Ted Kord the Blue Beetle, and the old pre-dating the Justice League version of the Justice Society of America will all appear in the series, and fellow co-publisher Jim Lee said that all the stories that have come before “exist and have existed and exist within the framework of the New 52,” calling Convergence “in many ways the most meta epic event we’ve done.”
Guiding the event is Jeff King, head writer of USA’s White Collar, entering its final season this fall. It will be his first comic book writing, as he handles the script and base story for the Convergence plot. He'll be joined on art by Carlo Pagulayan and Stephen Segovia. Dan Jurgens, a longtime DC Comics veteran who has handled events in the past such as The Death of Superman is co-writing the debut zero issue with King, and Scott Lobdell, a veteran of events like Marvel Comics’ Age of Apocalypse and 2014’s own Superman: Doomed, which introduced the new Brainiac, is co-plotting the outline of the full Convergence event. A variety of other writers and artists will handle the other 2-part stories. King also has a science fiction pedigree, with work on Continuum and Stargate SG-1.
King’s hiring was to “have someone come in with a fresh set of eyes,” DiDio said, and is focused on making it “open and accessible to all fans” including new ones and “the people who have been reading DC throughout the years.”
The series’ new villain Telos remains mostly a mystery for now, though his name means “End” or “Goal” in Greek and he is born on Brainiac’s outside-of-time planet.
This series also marks an interesting "convergence" with the company's main comic book rival, Marvel Comics. Marvel, too, is reviving old concepts, including Secret Wars, running as a 12-issue monthly event series starting in May 2015. That series will see worlds and timelines from throughout Marvel's history colliding together, as teased by "Summer 2015" images featuring things like Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies and the aforementioned Age of Apocalypse.
Convergence has been largely rumored and speculated about for several months, with the first real concrete clues hitting in September's annual special event at DC Comics. This one tied into Futures End, sending every series into the future 5 years. In a one-two punch, a Booster Gold one-shot featured Brainiac and what seemed to be some old iterations of DC characters, while Superman: Doomed's finale showed fragments of other worlds and timelines collected together. The "Blood Moon," Brainiac's mobile multiversal planet debuted shortly thereafter in the weekly series.
Featured in the initial promo image (click the image on the right for a larger version) are scenes and characters recognizable to those longtime readers of DC Comics, including the original Crime Syndicate of America, a hook-handed Aquaman, and the original version of Alan Scott, the JSA's Green Lantern, along with his kids Jade and Obsidian.
Expect much more on Convergence soon.