CONVERGENCE: THE QUESTION #2
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Cully Hamner
Published by DC Comics
Release Date: May 6, 2015
Greg Rucka and Cully Hamner prove that two issues is more than enough space to tell one hell of an engaging and emotional story with Convergence: The Question.
The second installment of this series packs an emotional punch, has some light hearted quips, some solid action and some flat out amazing character moments and I’d be lying if I said this comic raises the bar for event tie-ins everywhere. Rucka seems to have a pretty good handle on this Renee Montoya character (kidding) and her interactions with Batwoman, The Huntress and Two-Face are amazing. The emotional tie of her father’s poor health and their history together adds a huge element to the story and I found myself completely gripped from the very first page. Rucka’s pacing and dialogue are fantastic and he drops the right plot beat at the right time for maximum impact. When some light humour is needed, there it is. When somebody needs to be punched, you’ve got it right there. When you need to be an emotional mess, Rucka’s got you covered. His skillful writing and comfort with these characters gives this story an immense amount of depth and the amount of story he tells in this issue – without it ever feeling rushed or overstuffed – is amazing. Saying that Rucka is a master feels like a cliche, but it is true. To have these characters say so much in such a little amount of time, with solid doses of action and even fun in there, is no easy feat but he certainly makes it look like child’s play.
Cully Hamner is no slouch either, and this veteran pairing is as good in reality as it looks on paper. The emotional aspects of the issue work because of Hamner’s brilliant work – the words are great but the art sells it. He handles the slower aspects of this issue as well as the action and there is no doubt that these three leading ladies in this issue are powerful. They are not to be trifled with, and they are a trio capable of damn near anything. Hamner’s work exudes the confidence in these characters and he captures some swagger as they are dealing with low-level thugs. Renee’s emotions are on display at all times even if her face is a blur and the scenes with her father are brilliant. Hamner does not falter at any points in this issue and his artwork is every bit as good as skilled as Rucka’s writing. You put the two together and the magic of Convergence: The Question #2 is what you get.
Convergence: The Question #2 is a fantastic comic that shows how powerful a single issue can be when well crafted. Rucka and Hamner are veteran storytellers who will take you on an emotional journey with this one, but the brilliance is that it isn’t just sadness everywhere. There is light and humour in here as well, and the complexities of these characters are embraced. This is one of the best single issues to come from Convergence yet.
The Verdict: 10/10