I took the time to read DC's Convergence.
It was a colossal waste of time.
There were some issues that were well-written, and I won't deny that at all. The art is stellar, as it should have been. But the story told isn't where it should have been. The story told doesn't really express why there was the need for the miniseries to happen.
Here's what happens in the mini (and I can do this without any spoilers): nothing. Nothing happens. All the action takes place in other comics. All the real action, that is. The things that could have been "behind the scenes" in this series never really come to fruition. Not in a way that matters. Not in a way that actually settles anything. The end comes, and we're left with questions that don't really lead to a satisfying conclusion.
This mini doesn't justify its own existence. A couple of well-written issues don't make up for that lack of overall story, and that's a terrible thing to say.
When reading the various Crisis books DC has put out, or the other minis that had huge ramifications, it felt like an entire story was told within those pages, and anything that was ancillary to the main story was told in the pages of other books, where we got to see how the main story affected those characters in that book. Convergence was exactly backwards: the main story was told in other books, and this mini seemed to be touched only lightly by the stories being told in those books. There were times when it looked like things were ramping up, but things never felt desperate for the heroes. There were never any setbacks that couldn't be overcome, or a time when things looked bleak. It was all rather run of the mill, almost boring, which is something that shouldn’t happen in a book where it looks like they’re ending a universe (yet again).
There will, of course, be a compare and contrast of this story with what Marvel’s doing with their Secret Wars. While Marvel has a lot of number one’s coming out during and after the story, readers still feel like they’re getting an entire story. Marvel’s only published three issues of the main title so far, and it feels jam packed with story and moment, and while a reader may feel lost from issue one to issue two, you also get the feeling that that is intentional.
There is a reason why Marvel leads in marketshare over DC. Marvel has a vision and a direction to guide it. DC seems rudderless, throwing everything at the wall to see what sticks. (You do understand that Commissioner Gordon becoming a version of Batman is the same thing as General Ross becoming the Red Hulk, right?)
Marvel’s position has always been that they don’t have a Crisis. DC, on the other hand, has been in Crisis since 1985. Convergence is just another story that reinforces that fact.