- Written, art & cover by Franic Manapul
“BETTER TOGETHER” part two! Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman have uncovered a window into their very souls: and the power of temptation proves to be stronger than any villain they could battle! The bonds of friendship and trust between the most formidable heroes on the planet will be tested to their breaking point, with the lives of innocents hanging in the balance!
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I spent most of my review of the first issue talking about how great it was to see the series opener focus so heavily on its characters. Rather than thrust them in to a heavy storyline Manapul instead chose to tackle the elephant in the room: the fact that neither Diana or Bruce knows this version of Superman.
After one very short dinner with the Kent family we were thrust in to the intrigue of what was hiding in the Kent barn. All was, of course, not what is appeared to be when a young Clark and resurrected Jonathan Kent appeared to the Trinity of DC Comics heroes.
But where the mysterious around how these character managed to appear was revealed in the closing pages I found myself much more intrigued by the characters once again.
Manapul has managed two issues in a row to pull off some great character driven stories which are almost entirely free of action. There are moments of high emotion throughout but they’re not what anybody would come to expect from stories which bring together such A-list characters.
Therein lies the true strength of ‘Trinity’. It shouldn’t take an apocalyptic battle to bring these three characters together. This issue is a simply the search for a missing boy (young Clark). It reads so simply yet there are many layers to the emotional side of the story.
The older Clark spends the issue trying to deal with seeing his father who has been dead for many years, Manapul draws the adult Superman with such a look of confusion and sadness I dare any reader not to be able to relate.
There is still time for Diana’s trademark trust and positive approach whilst Bruce remains ever the cynic. That is another thing I love about how Manapul writes this book. The characters are not lost in the story. The story is born of the characters.
I’m interested to see where this goes given the reveal of Poison Ivy as one of the villains. I hope that once the story shifts to dealing with the threat she poses it doesn’t being to move away from its focus on such strong character driven stories.
Once again the artwork is brilliant. The slightly muted colours really help set ‘Trinity’ aside from other comics. Character models remain well defined and expressions are some of the high points of reading this issue.
‘Trinity’ #2 is quite simply brilliant.