Written by Larry Hama
I’m going to go through the events from the point of view of the Wetworks, since Batman is irrelevant to this blog. As with every Convergence tie-in, Telos forces two groups to fight each other, and this time it’s Wetworks versus Batman. These are rookie Wetworks, still not fully used to their symbiotes. After hearing about the challenge, they don’t struggle with it or try to reason with the other side — no, Wetworks go for the kill, because the Wildstorm characters are a bunch of psychopaths compared to the high and mighty DC characters… sigh. Every time the universes cross-over this happens. Anyway, the Wetworks guys want an advantage, so they time-slip a day before the announcement of the challenge and do some recon on Batman, seeing the way he takes down a mobster called Whale. As they’re doing that, another time-slip shows up all of the sudden… Never mind, this is never explained. The following issue begins in an entirely unrelated situation.
Afterwards, they send Crossbones and Flattop against Batman’s companion, Azrael. This isn’t seen, only mentioned, by Azrael takes them down. Still, they guide Batman and Azrael to San Diego, Wetwork’s turf, where they’ll have the advantage. Dozer and Dane spot Azrael and get ready to throw a missile at him, but suddenly a kid shows up and gets in the way. Not caring about the child, Dane says it’s one kid versus the whole city getting wiped if Wetworks loses, so they take they shot anyway. Crazy. Luckily, Batman sneaks up on them and makes them miss the shot. They start fighting, and Batman can take down both Dane and Dozer, which is just dumb.
Afterwards, Batman and Azrael hide in a sunken carrier. Wetworks’ sensors that there are innocent civilians living on the ship, but Dane keeps saying the few need to be sacrificed for the good of the many. They enter and threaten everyone if they don’t reveal Batman’s location, so obviously some people rat them out. They’re hiding with a woman who used to work in the ship. After hearing this, Mother One gets angry that the woman is betraying her city and declares her dead meat. The team splits up and searches for Batman and Azrael. Mother One is the first one to find them, but she gets taken out quickly enough. Talk about no stakes.
Still, Azrael is like an anti-batman; doesn’t have a no-kill rule, loves using guns. He steals Mother One’s “Hydrostatic shock blaster” and they go after the rest of Wetworks. Wetworks finds the mother and her child and try to catch them, but they’re foiled by Batman and Azrael. Batman is winning, but that’s not enogh. He wants to force Dane’s hand, convince them to work together. He doesn’t want either city destroyed. The woman believes him, and gives him her knowledge of the ship to know how to defeat Dane.
They split up, and Batman entertains the rest of Wetworks while Azrael goes to Dane. Using an activated grenade to keep him quiet, Azrael makes his pitch to work together. Surprisingly and randomly, Dane accepts, and the two teams become buddies. Now all that’s left is to take the fight to Telos!
Next: “Convergence: Superman: The Man of Steel” issues 1 – 2, written by Louise Simonson.