The second week of Convergence, the set of two-issue mini-series that will take the place of the full lineup of DC Comics during April and May 2015, has begun to trickle out. After last week’s reveal of week one, which featured pre-52 heroes like Cassandra Cain, a more classic Tim Drake, the old-school married with kids Wally West, Stephanie Brown as Batgirl, and even Greg Rucka’s The Question starring Renee Montoya, it’s clear that DC is milking the nostalgia cow for all its worth here.
90s Kon-El returns in Superboy with Fabian Nicieza and art from Karl Moline and Jose Marzan Jr & Hi-Fi. Kingdom Come Superman is also in the book. A pink suited Catwoman likewise takes on Kingdom Come Batman, while the Green Arrow description is a bit more confusing, showing a facial haired Oliver Queen, but saying he “meets Connor Hawke for the first time” - still, that’s one more of the “lost generation” to check off the list. An old-school Suicide Squad and Larry Hama writing Az-bats round out the issues Hitfix has full details on. Kingdom Come is represented directly in 3 out of 5 of these.
From Blastr, we have more nostalgia-driven issues. Superman: Man of Steel features 90s Steel by Louise Simonson, June Brigman(!), and Roy Richardson. Justice League International throws the old crew up against Kingdom Come characters. Supergirl: Matrix also includes Ambush Bug because why wouldn't it? Aquaman: Harpoon Hand, baby. And finally, Green Lantern: Parallax, which pretty much speaks for itself.
BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT
Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: Philip Tan and Jason Paz, with color by Elmer Santos
A year ago, Batman got trapped in Metropolis when hunting down Azrael. Now he must team with the man that replaced him, and see how differently they operate as Batmans.
Writer: Frank Tieri
Artist: Tom Mandrake, with color by Sian Mandrake
When Kingdom Come's floating fortress of New Oa threatens Metropolis, it’s up to Amanda Waller to put together a team of the city’s deadliest villains to stop it.
Writer: Christy Marx
Artist: Rags Morales and Claude St-Aubin, with color by Nei Ruffino
Oliver Queen meets Connor Hawke for the first time, but is he ready to hand over the Green Arrow mantle to his son?
Writer: Justin Gray
Artist: Ron Randall, with color by Gabe Eltaeb
A year under the dome can change anyone, even Catwoman. She's set aside her life of crime to become the protector of Suicide Slum, but when the dome falls she will face her greatest challenge—Kingdom Come Batman.
Writer: Fabian Nicieza
Artist: Karl Moline and Jose Marzan Jr, with color by Hi-Fi
Has Kon-El earned the right to be the man of steel? Kon will have to prove his mettle in battle against the Superman of Kingdom Come! But what if the only way to save Metropolis is to lose the fight?
SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL
Writer: Louise Simonson
Artist: June Brigman and Roy Richardson, with color by John Rauch
Metropolis was taken when Superman was missing, so it’s up to Steel to guard the city from the heroes of GEN13 in his absence.
JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Mike Manley, with color by Sotocolor
The levity of the JLI team collides with the severity of the world of Kingdom Come.
Writer: Keith Giffen
Artist: Ramon Bachs, with color by Hi-Fi
What do Supergirl, Lady Quark, and Ambush Bug have in common? Well... nothing really. But that didn't stop us from sticking them in a story together. You are SO welcome.
Writer: Tony Bedard
Artist: Cliff Richards, with color by John Rauch
Trapped in the domed city, Aquaman struggles with the loss of his hand as he confronts a deadly adversary—Deathblow.
Writer: Tony Bedard
Artist: Ron Wagner and Bill Reinhold, with color by Paul Mounts
Rookie Green Lantern Kyle Rayner gears up to battle invaders, but is he ready to fight Hal Jordan, also known as Parallax?