‘Trinity’ #2 Review!

'Trinity' #2 art by Francis Manapul

‘Trinity’ #2 Review!

'Trinity' #2 cover art by Francis Manapul
‘Trinity’ #2 cover art by Francis Manapul
  • 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.

Verdict

‘Trinity’ #2 is quite simply brilliant.

5 stars

 

 

5 stars

'Trinity' #1 art by Francis Manapul

‘Trinity’ #1 Review!

'Trinity' #1 cover by Francis Manapul
‘Trinity’ #1 cover by Francis Manapul
  • Written, art & cover by Francis Manapul

“BETTER TOGETHER” part 1! Together again for the first time! Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. The core of the World’s Greatest Heroes…but with a new Man of Steel, the bonds these three share will be tested and redefined by super-star writer/artist Francis Manapul. In this premiere issue, see the trio travel from Metropolis to Gotham City and beyond to learn what forces launched their heroic careers. But how will this journey of discovery lead them to a new threat?

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‘Trinity’ has been a genuine surprise for me. When I was watching the DC Comics Rebirth launch panel it felt like this series could have been a cash cow off the back of ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ however it is anything but.

Clearly I was too shortsighted to see that the basic premise of ‘Trinity’ would be affected by the events that led in to ‘Rebirth’ itself. With the ‘New 52’ era Superman dead and replaced by the pre-Crisis Superman. Much has been made of he reappearance to the continuity in the press and thankfully it hasn’t been ignored by writers either.

This issue, entirely created by Francis Manapul, focusses on pre-Crisis Lois Lane trying to bring the titular trinity back together. The whole issue is very simply an introduction. The opening pages are narrated by Lois Lane which was not expected but actually gave a great audience viewpoint in to the world of ‘Trinity’.

From there came a series of splash pages each designed around one of the headlining characters. Wonder Woman’s costume is again slightly tweaked from its mainstream series appearance… perhaps this is her dinner party uniform?

Manapul writes a great palpable tension in the air at dinner. It’s never more evident than in dialogue between Bruce and any other character in the book. The individual character voices are in no means compromised for the sake of bringing them together in a non ‘Justice League’ title.

What was most intriguing to me in reading this issue was exactly how the characters would be able to put to bed their differences. No fan is surprised by Bruce’s mistrust, his relationship with New 52 Superman was built on years of experience and now he is faced with a man he no longer knows but who shares the face of his greatest ally.

Diana faces problems of her own having been romantically linked with New 52 Superman. There’s a small moment between Lois and Diana in this issue which helps deal with those emotions. However much fans disagreed with the Wonder Woman/Superman relationship it is given its due here in having its moment put to bed.

Of course this issue couldn’t simply be a family dinner. There’s a jumping off point for the rest of this storyline in the closing pages. It gives very little away but does build intrigue for what is to come.

As if writing the thing wasn’t enough Francis Manapul only went and pencilled, inked, coloured and probably also stapled the book. I love his artwork. It’s quite simply perfect. I’ve always said this about his comics.

The characters have strong, defined looks. The colours are rich without ever becoming over saturated. Landscapes are engaging and layouts are anything but standard. It’s very hard to think of anything critical to say for a book that looks this good.

Verdict

‘Trinity’ #1 is a brilliant opening gambit. Well written, stunningly drawn. There’s not a hugely engaging story but it is a great character piece with enough intrigue to keep readers entertained.

4 stars

 

 

4 stars