|And now Geoff Johns can finally sleep at night.|
I won't follow Convergence slavishly; it seems too much like a fanboy 'X versus Y" exercise to me. But I'll be getting some spotty issues, just to see some old friends in them (like the Legion, who've become rarae aves in the New52, which we're not supposed to call it anymore).
There are certainly criticisms to be made of DC for needing anything even remotely like a reboot so soon after loudly creating the "New52"; I hear them, acknowledge them, and accept their validity. That said, I'm (comparatively) happy that DC (sort of) realizes their mistakes (which we're not suppose to call them). and is willing (under business duress and public pressure) to so something (although we don't really know what and it's probably the wrong things and/or not enough).
I'm delighted that DC has built in a diegetic reason for the shake-up. I've never really forgiven them for stupidities like Doomsday the Living Plot Device or the ersatz COIE (Crisis on Infinite Earths) Cast (The Monitor, the Anti-Monitor, Harbinger, and Pariah, or, as I like to think of them, Al, Peg, Kelly, and Bud).
|Krona is Buck, in case you were wondering.|
Or maybe Marcy.
So instead of creating some crazy crap to make all this Convergence stuff happen, DC is just using the crazy crap they already have around. Specifically, Brainiac.
This is pure genius; why? Because Convergence is an exercise in fan fiction, in giving in to the obsessive hoarders of comic continuity and cannon. And because Brainaic is the symbol of geeky, obsessive collectors.
You can make him as scary looking and as powerful as you like, and lord knows DC has tried over the years.
|Apparently a 12th-level intellect lets you make Sixth-Grade puns.|
But, at heart, Brainaic is still this:
|Bottled cities lose value if they aren't kept in the original packaging.|
A geek. A hobbyist. A collector of miniatures. An ant-farm manager. A guy who builds ships in a bottle. Who's so lonely he talks to a monkey.
|I NEED MORE SHELF SPACE!!!|
Even when they dress up Brainiac's motivation as "I MUST HAVE ALL THE KNOWLEDGES", it's just making him a trivia geek rather than a collectibles geek. The effect is much the same.
|He's an Android; of course.|
Brainiac is us, people. At least, the part of us that it more interested in preserving comics in whatever we deem their 'classic' state of affairs.
Using Brainiac as the diegetic version of us obsessive fanfolks is, therefore, clever and appropriate. Regardless of the outcome of the story, the very existence of Convergence is proof that "Brainiac" has won.