I’m sure Tom Kelly could speak to this much better than I can, and probably will in his podcast reaction column, but there seems to be some misunderstanding around the DC Multiverse and what the end of Convergence sets in motion.
Ryan is right that the original Crisis destroyed the multiverse. However, it hasn’t remained that way for 29 years.
Through 2005, there was the concept of one universe, but there were still multiple alternate timelines. In 1994 another Crisis event known as Zero Hour altered the DC Universe in much the same way as Crisis. Streamlining/changing origins, etc. mostly to try to alleviate continuity errors caused by/since the first Crisis. It was meant to do for alternate timelines what Crisis had done for infinite Earths. The concept of Hypertime was created to allow potential crossovers between timelines to clean up any mess left over from Zero Hour.
In 2005, the Infinite Crisis storyline and it’s aftermath led to another “reboot” of DC continuity and also the recreation of the multiverse with 52 universes. This reintroduced concepts such as Earth-2, Earth-3, etc. that were similar to their pre-Crisis conterparts. As well, many of the alternate timelines and Elseworlds tales were used as the basis for the other universes.
There have been tweaks to that multiverse over the years with events like Final Crisis. The Flashpoint event would cause another DC reboot and the creation of the New 52. While this changed continuities much of the multiverse remained intact.
What Convergence did was not so much return the multiverse, but returned ALL the multiverses. The biggest implication here is that now all DC continuities still exist. Wanna write a pre-Crisis Superman story? Go ahead! A pre-Zero Hour Batman story? Sure, why not. Want to cross over the characters from the New 52 with the characters from the pre-Flashpoint universe? Yes, do that too.
While it opens up a load a storytelling opportunities, and caters to the audience that might like a new pre-Crisis story, DC has completely thrown continuity away. But this seems to be the new status quo at DC even outside of the multiverse. The “main” (don’t call me New 52 anymore) universe is now taking a “canon” over “continuity” approach. So when you pick up Justice League #41 this week, there’s good old Bruce Wayne Batman, fighting the good fight in Darkseid War. But when you pick up Batman #41 next week…it stars Jim Gordon as the new Chappie Batbot.
Ryan also made a comment along the lines of Star Wars being the only thriving force (see what I did there?) in the comics world. So I went and investigated the sales figures for the Star Wars related comics from January through April.
|Title||Copies sold||Sales Postion For Month|
|Star Wars #1||985,976||Jan #1|
|Darth Vader #1||264,399||Feb #2|
|Star Wars #2||162,242||Feb #4|
|Darth Vader #2||100,010||Feb #7|
|Princess Leia #1||253,655||Mar #1|
|Star Wars #3||161,226||Mar #2|
|Princess Leia #2||96,262||Mar #5|
|Darth Vader #3||85,156||Mar #8|
|Star Wars #4||203,817||Apr #1|
|Darth Vader #4||123,394||Apr #5|
|Kanan Last Padawan #1||108,167||Apr #8|
|Princess Leia #3||102,234||Apr #10|
There’s no doubt that the books are selling well. Each has finished in the top ten for the month. It should be noted though that the near million copies sold for Star Wars #1 is grossly inflated by the fact that copies of that issue were included with every Loot Crate subscription, and all those copies are counted here.
So while they may be leading the way, the books aren’t finishing one through four at the top of the charts every month. Other books are selling comparable numbers. Namely titles like Spider-Gwen, Amazing Spider-Man and Batman. April saw some issues of Convergence pretty high up in the top 10 as well. And I’m sure when May numbers are released we’ll see plenty of Convergence and Secret Wars titles near the top.