“Convergence: Aquaman” issues 1 – 2

Written by Tony Bedard.

Wildstorm Concepts: Deathblow

All-Star WesternThis comic is really fun. The writing is constantly witty, keeping things moving and not drowning in the 90’s feel as this could have been, considering it’s about harpoon-hand Aquaman. Anyhow, Talos is making different universes battle each other, and now it’s turn for 90’s Aquaman VS Classic Wildstorm Deathblow.  That’s the weak point… Deathblow. It’s written as appallingly one-dimensional, little more than a psycho that kills without remorse and is willing to do anything. A crazy military man that gives the old WSU a bad image. “I once hid in a latrine for FIVE HOURS to take out some chieftain in Wazirstan,” he says. This sounds like Cray… “Made sure he suffered for keeping me waiting.” And THAT’s where it ruins it.

Still, he’s smart. Cray’s first move is to break into D.E.O.’s installations – watchdogs of superheroes with a database – and look into Aquaman’s weaknesses. Then he must get into S.T.A.R. Labs, where Aquaman is staying. He immediately starts shooting all the civilians, hoping to shock Aquaman and desestaibilize him. However, Aquaman has super strength – all it takes is a strong punch for Aquaman to break Cray’s neck. And guess what? Cray comes back to life. I mean yeah, that IS his super power, but it doesn’t work as quickly as that. He’s not Wolverine. So Aquaman is faced with an enemy he can’t put down. How will he get out of this?

And thereby lies the problem to this story. Did you read that? Aquaman is the hero in trouble, Deathblow is some villain. Convergence was announced as a tribute to all the characters who haven’t been around us – but this isn’t respect. The DC character gets a much nicer spotlight than the Wildstorm one.

One way or another, the fight goes on. Aquaman gets some water on him, which boosts his strength. Cray needs some help, and he remembers the files he’s read – he knows about S.T.A.R. Labs insurance policy on Aquaman. Using his I.O. training, he gets inside a computer and hacks the “Drydock” program active. As it turns out, Aquaman’s friends had installed a dehydrator system in case Aquaman went rogue – Aquaman loses what little trust he had. Still, his friends come around when he needs them the most. Aquaman is about to get beaten by Deathblow when his friends whisper him an idea through the coms – he can get still water in the form of the blood inside Deathblow! It’s nasty, but it works, since Deathblow can’t die. Aquaman uses his harpoon hand, stabs Cray’s neck and bathes on his blood. This gives him the edge he needed, and he wins the fight. They tie Deathblow up, and Aquaman wins the fight. The Wildstorm city vanishes… to be continued in Convergence.

Next: “Convergence: Batman: Shadow of the Bat” issues 1 – 2, written by Larry Hama.

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