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Trinity #2

Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2008
By: Jim Beard

Kurt Busiek, Fabian Nicieza
Mark Bagley, Tom Derenick (p), Art Thibert, Wayne Faucher (i)
DC Comics
Welcome back, pilgrims. The door is always open for you. Come in and we shall talk of Good Things.

Godhead: I just finished reading Trinity #2. Literally, just finished reading it. I usually like to go with what my gut says immediately upon finishing a book, and today my gut says, "It is good." Trinity is a super-hero book, plain and simple, and while many may criticize it for that, I say that its creators are championing this particular cause, showing us that a super-hero book can be a fine thing indeed – and well-crafted. This book is both.

It's Heaven: A clear statement of intention is what I believe you get here in issue #2. Busiek intends to tell a story from beginning to end and make it worth your while every week. This issue lays down three separate situations or challenges for our trio, rolled out by our villains. For Superman and Batman, they require a bit of thought, which is nice to see on Superman's part, yet for Wonder Woman all that's required is some muscle. Everything's handled neatly and tidily. If you thrill to your heroes doing that which makes them heroes, this is for you.

The Nicieza storyline is also handled well, and I must compliment both writers for folding their parts together in an interesting manner. They give the sense that the two are both separate yet connected; one flows off the other yet with its own path, and Nicieza's end is also Busiek's. I was nonplussed by Konvikt and Graak last issue, but I'll admit to being intrigued by the brief hints of Konvikt's "honor," a lost love, and Graak's annoying yet amusing ego. Here's hoping we don't have another Jar-Jar on our hands.

Also – Derenick is God. S'all I’m sayin'. Peace out.

Extra-credit for the story titles, too.

In Purgatory: I also admit to a good dose of "meh" over the use of apparent "alternate realities." It's been said by others that Busiek uses alternate realities far too often, and I'm afraid at this juncture I agree, to an extent. I personally feel as if the "real" DCU is so incredibly fascinating that alternate versions are unnecessary and now, with the profusion of universes, superfluous and tiring. I can hold out and see what's happening here but with the first two issues coming on strong with "twisted" realities, but after Busiek's Arion story arc in Superman, I'm feeling some major burn-out on that score. It could also turn me off to this series. Alas, we'll see – and Kurt almost always manages to make these sorts of "what could be" rich and detailed.

From Hell: Last week I said Busiek was a master of nailing a character with a few simple lines of dialogue of an impactful panel; today I say he stretched things a bit too far in the explanation department. A bit too far, mind you. Just a bit. Superman and Wonder Woman's tête-à-tête after the robot smashing seemed somewhat forced and with both of them insisting on using each other's codenames with no one else around, the scene lost its punch for me. It felt as if Diana didn't truly know Clark – or vice versa. With the familiarity of last issue's coffee-clatch, this came off as a sour note. There must be a better way to get explanations across; Busiek's a pro at this, and I know he can do better.

Superman Ascending: I think Busiek made a great point about the character of Superman this week without actually spelling it out. Here's what I came away with: Superman is reckless. He takes too much for granted, which one can assume would be true with a superior being such as Clark. He flies straight into the miniature sun assuming he'd be supercharged by it, but once inside, realizes that he's most likely wrong. He does this sort of thing a lot, I think. Think about it: Superman's not the analytical thinker Batman is; he doesn't have to be. He's Superman. In many ways he's a big kid who jumps into the fire and expects to come away unscathed. And he often accomplishes what needs to be accomplished. It's subtle here but rewarding if you ponder it.

Batman Ascending: Morgaine says something terribly valuable about Batman – she calls him a "costumed acrobat" and dismisses him. That's Batman's ultimate power. He walks shoulder to shoulder with gods and people underestimate him, and then he turns around and beats them at their game. Almost every single time. I don't mind "uber-Bat" like some people – I usually dig it. Makes an entire mystic city go bye-bye with a single word? That's my hero. Nice stuff, Kurt.

Wonder Woman Ascending: Above and beyond her heavy-handed explanation of Amazon ways to her friend, Superman, I liked very much that Diana can get off on bashing giant robots. That makes her almost, well, human. Let's hope that by the time this series ends I'm a Wonder Woman fan who's buying and reading her book. Wouldn't that be something?

Dogma: Call me sentimental, but it's still a planet to me." Preach on, Brother Fabian! I almost stood up and cheered when I read that – for once I see an unpopular opinion in a comic that I actually agree 110% with. And to me, it makes some kind of sense that an architect like John would feel this way about a cold, lonely little planet that got a very, very, very raw deal. Hail Pluto! Hail John Stewart! Hail Nicieza!

Also, "No pop head, Konvikt!" has got to get some kind of greater exposure. I'm thinking t-shirts, maybe? Wonderful.

Monsignor Wanty: wants to see our trio go into slam-bang action together. How do they fight as a team, with two that can bend steel and one made from just flesh and bone? I'm itchin' to see some big action here. Also, how about that scene of Superman and Batman going to the Batcave? Will we actually get to see that? And will Clark and Diana rag on Bruce's proclivity for cars and trophy cases?

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