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“Convergence: Superman: The Man of Steel” issues 1 – 2

Written by Louise Simonson

Wildstorm Concepts: Gen13 - Caitlin Fairchild Gen13 - Freefall Gen13 - Grunge Gen13 - Rainmaker Gen13 - Burnout

All-Star WesternAs with every Convergence story, Telos forces two groups to fight: From Metropolis’ side, representing DC, you have Steel and his niece and nephew. On San Diego’s side, representing Wildstorm, you have Gen13. The kids have been hanging out ever since San Diego was trapped in a giant dome and they lost their powers, but when the fights are announced they get their abilities back. But trouble is added to the mix when supervillain Parasite breaks out of prison!

Since Wildstorm characters are psychopaths (sigh) Burnout attacks Steel directly instead of worrying about ethics or trying to talk. Being five against one, they manage to overpower the old man, but then his nephew Natasha gets in the way. Trying to save her, Steel gets his suit destroyed. Right at the same time, Parasite shows up, and without Steel it’s just a bunch of inexperienced kids against him… At first the Gen kids think the monster is working with Steel and attack him all at once, but all they manage is for Parasite to steal all their powers! The only way I see this being justified is because the Gen kids were taken from their dimension at the start of their run, when they were newbies, even though the writer lacks the skills to have them use appropriate slang. While they’re distracting Parasite, Natasha grabs his uncle and gets out of there.

Steel ends up bedridden and with his back broken. While his niece and nephew go rejoin the fight, Steel tries a risky transfusion of techno-organic nano-particles from the dome that will invade and replace his damaged tissue and give him a new suit. Meanwhile, his niece and nephew watch as the Gen13 kids fight hopelessly with the Parasite, having their powers drained. However, Caitlin’s leadership skills come through in the end and they manage to combine their powers to capture the monster. While they’re softened up, Steel’s kids attack, and they start moping the floor with the Gene-actives. Just about then, Steel shows up with his new powers, and the fight begins all over again.

But one doesn’t join the fight: Caitlin. She starts thinking the whole thing is dumb; they were told it was kill or be killed and acted on instinct, without thinking. But now she’s starting to wonder why they’re going along with whoever’s behind all that. As they fight, even Roxy realizes Steel and his family aren’t bad guys, they’re heroes. Both sides decide to stop the fight and work together to stop the real bad guy, and after three stories just like this this ending is getting cliché’d. However, there’s a twist. When Steel tries to bring the fight to the entity and hits they very city they’re standing on, a portal opens and sucks the Gen 13 kids away. There are no clear winners this time.

Next: “Convergence” issues 3 – 8, written by Jeff King & Scott Lobdell.

“Supergirl” Vol.6 issue 33 backup

Written by Frank Barbiere

Wildstorm Concepts: Gen13 - Burnout Gen13 - Freefall Gen13 - Rainmaker Gen13 - Caitlin Fairchild Gen13 - Grunge

All-star Western Supergirl.pngThere’s not a lot I can say about this 2-pager backup. It was meant to set up a future Gen13 series, going back to their roots (if they don’t wear their original costumes inside, they do on the cover) and forgetting all the weird New52 developments. In this story we see a Caitlin, which looks like our old and REAL Caitlin, destroying all the New52 clones we had seen of her. She says hopefully the rest of her team can finish off “the kryptonians”, suggesting they’re in the middle of a fight involving the Superman family. Finally, we see a roll call with all the other Gen13 kids, back to being their old selves — Freefall, Burnout, Rainmaker wears her old costume, Grunge is not a villain anymore and he’s alive — plus there’s one more member: Superboy. This makes sense, considering Superboy and Caitlin have been entangled since the beginning of the New52. Caitlin also mentions “finishing off that clone” implying the Caitlin we have seen in previous comics was just a fake one, and not the real Caitlin. Sadly, we never got to know what this backup meant, because this hints never went anywhere, and this series didn’t come to happen. The writer gets one more shot at writing the Gen 13 in Future’s End, which will be the final “try-out” issue for this hypothetical book.

Next: “Justice League of America” Vol.3 issue 7.3