I have not been at all excited for Convergence since it was officially announced a couple of weeks ago. A fill-in event that’s all about dredging up old characters to make them fight and such did not strike my fancy at all. I thought it would be an excellent couple months off from DC for me, where I could use my usual DC comic money to try out some new books from other publishers. But just when I thought I was out, they pulled me back in.
DC’s announced 10 two-part mini-series that tie into the Convergence weekly series, and a lot of them sound kind of awesome. Largely because they’re bringing back some great female characters who have been changed or entirely lost since the New 52 began. So now I am intrigued! Let’s take a look at who’s coming back, however briefly:
- A married Lois Lane! In a book by Dan Jurgens, Lee Weeks, and Norm Rapmund, we’re returning to the pre-New 52 universe where Lois was married to Superman. Lois hasn’t had a lot to do since the relaunch ended her marriage and subsequently sidelined her in most of the Super-books, so while I’m not a huge fan of married Lois Lane, it’ll be nice to see her get something to do for a change.
- Stephanie Brown Batgirl! She’s Spoiler again now, which is nice, I suppose, but her tenure as Batgirl made for a delightful series and I’m excited to revisit it. Also, Cassandra Cain is going to be in it too! This could be ridiculously fun.
- Oracle! The recently revamped Batgirl is a delightful series, but I definitely miss Oracle, and am glad to see that Gail Simone is the one bringing her back. She’ll explore her relationship with Nightwing as well, which is a couple I’ve always liked together.
- Donna Troy! In a new Titans book, presumably with a less ridiculously objectified Starfire. Donna Troy has been MIA since the New 52 debuted, and it will be lovely to have her back. Hopefully this leads to more Donna in the future? They’ve been teasing it for a while.
- RENEE MONTOYA! This is the best one. She’s back as the Question, written by Greg freaking Rucka with art by Cully Hamner. They’re getting the whole band back together! Rucka’s Montoya stories are some of the best comics of the past decade, and I’m beyond excited for her to come back to her again. Also, we NEED her in the New 52. There is a massive, Montoya shaped hole that no one else is filling.
- The original Harley Quinn! She’s zany, she’s fun, she doesn’t look like a seedy clown prostitute. The New 52 Harley has not been my jam, so some classic adventures will be a nice respite.
There are also a variety of other female characters mentioned in the solicits for these 10 mini-series, including Hawkwoman, Linda West, Flashpoint Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Zatanna, Jade, Jesse Quick, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. That is a lot of ladies for ten books, and above and beyond the usual representation we see from DC Comics.
The creator breakdown isn’t great, with 25 men and 3 women, but it is above 10% which is comparatively decent for solicits. Still, it would’ve been nice to see a few more women involved on the creative side of things.
Nonetheless, Renee Montoya is coming back! And Cass Cain! And Oracle! And Donna Troy! I’m going to have to buy a lot of comics for an event I was hoping to avoid, but I’m not even mad about it if it means stories featuring these great characters. And perhaps if they do well, we might see more of them in the future, integrated into the New 52. You never know.
There are more announcements coming, as well. These are just the first 10 of a reported 40 different mini-series that will accompany the Convergence event this April. Maybe we’ll see some cool Wonder Woman books in the mix as more titles are announced.