Writer – Alex DeCampi
Artist – Fernando Ruiz, Robert Hack
Inker – Rich Koslowski
Colours – Jason Millet
The dream crossover that you never thought would happen or even would have thought of in the first place starts right here with the first issue of Archie vs. Predator. The book starts off with the gang trying to figure out where to go for vacation with all of the old stand-by excursions coming to mind. But as luck would have it, Jughead wins a trip for him and his friends and so they head off to a tropical island where things are going okay except for the intervention of Cheryl and Jason into Betty and Veronica’s perpetual feud over Archie. As things progress, Betty and Veronica get into a huge fight and it is soon noticed that Cheryl and Jason have gone missing. When the gang eventually heads back to Riverdale, something follows them back. Archie vs. Punisher was a lot of fun when it came out all those many years ago and this book is just as enjoyable, maybe even more so. Whoever thought that merging America’s favourite teenager with the galaxy’s deadliest hunter would be a good idea deserves a medal. As it is, Alex DeCampi and Fernando Ruiz bring this book to life in the classic Archie style and everything is just as you love it except with the added bonus of a Predator. For those that may not have read Afterlife With Archie, there is a bit of gore in this book (Yes, gore!), and though it is still a little tame from what most are used to seeing in a horror film, it is a little shocking nonetheless. Because of this particular moment in the book, you wonder what is going to happen next and if any member of our cast is going to make it out alive. The artwork is fantastic and it is kind of funny to see the Predator delineated in the familiar Archie method which all in all, makes this book is a win on all fronts. As a bonus and because this is a crossover between Archie Comics and Dark Horse Comics, there is an added backup tale that sees Sabrina, in her Chilling Adventures of Sabrina-style, crossover with Hellboy (Yes, Hellboy!). If for only curiosity’s sake, pick up this book and you will find you cannot help but enjoy it.
4 out of 5
Writer – Tom King
Artist – Carlo Pagulayan
Inker – Jason Paz
Colours – Aspen MLT’s John Starr, Peter Steigerwald
The second issue of DC’s big event Convergence is a vast improvement over the previous two and finds the heroes of Earth 2 watching Telos pit different Earth’s against each other in a battle to the death. Being heroes of course, they will not stand for it and end up in an all-out fight with the creature and soon find out that as he is one and the same with the planet, he is not an easy foe to defeat. As a flea is to a man, Telos finds our heroes beneath his notice and soon departs which is when Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Grayson, Flash and Yolanda enact a plan to find some help in stopping the madness that is taking place before their eyes. There is a lot of action taking place in this book but not before we get a recap of the events that took place during the events of the World’s End title. After that and after the skirmish with Telos, our heroes head off on their respective tasks with Batman taking Grayson with him to a Gotham City and the Batcave that lies therein. The most interesting point in this whole book takes place in the Batcave as Thomas Wayne meets this world’s Bruce Wayne and it is appropriate that the scene took place with no words between the men. It is a poignant moment as each looks at what could have been; no doubt the wheels turning in their respective minds as they measure each other up. When all is said and done, there is a respect and an understanding between the two, though why Bruce does not join Thomas is a bit strange, but more than likely because he must stay and take part in the battle that is to come if his city is to survive. Tom King delivers a far better tale in this issue and the story actually starts to move along at a decent pace. It would be nice to see some of the other world’s heroes join the fray as they all have a stake in seeing Telos defeated, but as it is, those from Earth 2 are sufficient enough if need be. Hopefully as the series goes on things keep ramping up and there are no wasted moments. It might have started out rocky, but Convergence is definitely getting better.
3.5 out of 5