Well, since the 'Convergence Superman' comic handled the title character so well, my hopes of writer Ron Marz actually putting in some effort and sorting out his story were raised, yet the second and final issue of 'Convergence Justice League International' disappoints almost entirely, with the title team being beaten with seemingly no other result ever being possible, and made to look quite ineffectual
The good thing about the comic is that no one dies in the JLI, since the Kingdom Come squad spare them. The bad thing is that the writer really went out of his way to make it seem the JLI had no chance, with the Kingdom Come Wonder Woman pretty much stating from the start of the comic that the result was a forgone conclusion. Worse, the JLI don't even get a chance to look good in their own comic, with the actual battle occurring off panel, with only the opening fight scene and then later a scene of all 5 of the unconscious/beaten JLI members and no members of the Kingdom Come group looking even scratched.
This is kind of peculiar given the the JLI team while -barely- outnumbered, had Captain Atom and J'onn J'onzz, both of whom are Superman class beings who could arguably face off the featured Kingdom Come team between them, even taking into account that while some of the the older Kingdom Come team members might have more experience, the JLI were actually no less accustomed in combat or working out another way to resolve a problem.
Instead of giving the JLI team a decent look at for new readers, the comic decided to instead focus on Blue Beetle running around with the aged Kingdom Come Blue Beetle, having a conversation while avoiding deathbots until they return to find the JLI have been beaten. You would almost think the writer didn't really know much about the group that he was writing and decided to focus completely on the character he liked rather than bother to read up on the period or the other characters.
If he had, he would have known that the roster of the JLI in Metropolis during the Zero Hour story was heaving, with Wonder Woman pretty much leader of the group at that period ( yet who was curiously missing ) along with a lot of other characters. The funny thing is Air Elemental Red Tornado wasn't among the Superhero gathering in Metropolis during Zero Hour. Also and i didn't want to mention this previously but Ice was dead by Zero Hour. I presume Ron Marz couldn't be bothered to have a glance through Zero Hour... or do some basic research... lord only knows J'onn never seems to use his telepathy to find out what the other side is up to, or use any of his other martian abilities, or behave in character ( why the level headed, philosophical Martian father figure of the JLI keeps talking about fighting in his dialogue is still never explained, even a throwaway line about the lack of Oreos making him behave that way would have sufficed ). It's almost as though Ron Marz never read the Justice League comics of the late 1980's and 1990's ( odd given he was writing Green Lantern for DC in the 1990's )
Then again i'm not sure Ron Marz has read 'Kingdom Come', given the appearance of a seemingly completely sane Captain Marvel, and Marz seems to think ALL of the heroes of Kingdom come are super powerful compared to the mainstream versions, which was not the case. Barring Superman ( who being in his 50's had absorbed so much solar radiation that even Kryptonite was on longer a true vulnerability ) and Captain Marvel ( made Supermans equal in spite of Supermans enhanced power level, purely for sake of the plot ), other than being older most of the DC characters were as they were in power.
But back to Convergence Justice League International. Yes, it was nice to see a nod to Blue Beetle and Booster's friendship at the conclusion of this Convergence comic, but the title of the comic was Justice League International
, not Blue Beetle
( there is already one of those in the Convergence event ), and this comic is an absolute waste of a mine of potential, displaying the writers weaknesses with the material at hand.
And there is a lot that could have been tapped into or mentioned ( such as Power Girl and her child ), and i would have loved to see the sadly absent Maxima ( who was a JLI member at the time, and pushing a relationship with Captain Atom in the 1990's ) hammer the Kingdom Come Wonder Woman into the ground. But alas the comic features little of anything to do with the period this JLI branch comes from, and instead of displaying what made the characters cool, likeable, formidable, or heroic, winds up doing very little with any of them, choosing as i mentioned before to have the team beaten off panel
, in their own
comic. It is hard to imagine a new reader really wanting to read anything that features in this comic, but Ron Marz certainly focuses on Blue Beetle at the expense of his teammates ( which as far as i can work out, is the only reason Ted is leader in defiance of logic and the periods continuity ).
For Blue Beetle fans it is probably worth a look, for anyone else, less so, it neither harks back to the period it was meant to be using ( unless poor 1990's storytelling methods count ), nor provides a proper look at the characters and what makes them tic. It is a waste and not a particularly satisfying farewell for the group, which is a pity.