Convergence: Justice League International #1

Now for the final issue of Convergence week 2. As you can see from the title, we’re covering the Justice League International. This incarnation of the team includes Martian Manhunter, Red Tornado, Captain Atom, Fire, Ice, and their leader Blue Beetle (Ted Kord.) Our writer is Ron Marz (Silver Surfer, Green Lantern) and our artist is Mike Manley (Darkhawk, Batman.)

We begin on the streets of Metropolis where Metallo sends out his army of Metallic Men to take over the city. The JLI show up and begin to fight the robots. The group has lost their powers so J’onn is fighting like a wrestler, Atom is using a gun, Fire has wrist lasers, and Red Tornado actually has his powers because they adapted his tech. Metallo shoots Beetle’s vehicle, the Bug, and then jumps into it to grab Ted. Ted is making jokes to distract Metallo as he pulls out a taser device he made which he stuns Metallo with and shuts down his army. They return to the JLI headquarters, where Beetle reveals his arm was broken during the fight, but he has to fix the Bug. J’onn goes with him and they discuss the current events of Metropolis.

Robot-Breaking
I like the panel layout here

Ice calls them back up to the roof where Telos begins the familiar speech. Everyone’s powers come back and Beetle mentions how he doesn’t want to fight and be a puppet of Telos. He tries to think of another way when the sky turns dark and the Kingdom Come heroes fly down in silhouettes. They reveal themselves as Wonder Woman, Shazam, Obsidian, Nightstar, Jade, Huntress, Blue Beetle, and Creeper. Beetle notices how strong they look and decides the only thing left to do is fight, as he roars and removes the cast, ending the comic.

Final Thoughts: Another great issue of Convergence to round out this week. Seeing Ted take the leadership role was unexpected, but still enjoyable. When he’s fixing the Bug and remarking on how hard it’s been, especially without Booster, you can see his sadness. The fight scene with Metallo is nicely drawn, with a smart ending considering the theme of technology Beetle has. The only downside is how little the other members are shown, with Red Tornado getting only one or two lines. Also Ted looks like Reed Richards when he wears goggles while fixing the Bug. Final note, the cover is amazing.

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