7 things DC Comics' Convergence event can learn from Flashpoint

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Feb 13, 2015, 4:29 PM EST

On April 1, DC Comics will release the zero issue of Convergence, a continuity-spanning epic event that will bring characters from the past and present of DC history together to combat a threat that puts the whole Multiverse in danger. The event will feature Brainiac bringing together characters from many different timelines on a mysterious world and mingling them together to see what happens (yes, it sounds a little like Secret Wars; try not to dwell on it) and introduce a powerful new villain known as Telos. The most exciting aspect of all of this for many fans, though, is that the series will re-introduce characters that were wiped out of continuity by The New 52. 

Now, Convergence isn't leading to another reboot for DC, but things are changing. In the wake of the event the company will launch two dozen new titles that will provide a new editorial direction for DC Comics, which will emphasize story over continuity in an effort to reach readers of all stripes. So, however we will arrive at that through Convergence, The New 52 is over, and since we're staring down the barrel of DC's next multiverse-altering event, we thought we'd take a look back at the event that got us here in the first place: Flashpoint.

Published in the summer of 2011 as a lead-up to The New 52, Flashpoint (by writer Geoff Johns and artist Andy Kubert) presents a dramatically altered DC universe and features the Flash's attempts to find the problem and set things right again, only to create a new universe that merges the DC, Vertigo and Wildstorm timelines in the process. Next came The New 52, and a new era for DC Comics, so whether you like the series or not, you can't argue with Flashpoint's place as one of the most important events in DC Comics history.

So, with that in mind, we took a look back at the Flashpoint series (only the five-issue series itself, not the tie-ins) to see what lessons, good and bad, something like Convergence could take from it. Check out what we came up with in the gallery below.