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Trinity #34

Posted: Monday, January 26, 2009
By: Hartley Holmberg

Kurt Buseik; Fabian Nicieza
Mark Bagley, Art Thibert (i), Pete Pantazis (c); Derenik & Wayne Faucher
DC Comics
Plot: The trinity seeking team on ďGodwar worldĒ learns about Kellelís parallels to Supermanís life, while a potential threat closes in on them. Meanwhile, the JSI try to hold the machinations of Morgaine and Enigma at bay, with the back-up story showing us one of their battles as seen through the eyes of Gangbuster.

Comments: Once again Buseik and Bagley give us a story retelling familiar things yet in unfamiliar settings and with a slight twist. Kellelís story as told by the Pilgrims does appear to have a difference between Supermanís history. It should be interesting to see how this difference plays out.

The Machinists, wearing very Luthor-esque armor, have taken center stage as the antagonists of their world in a curious manner. While being a clear physical threat, they also present an ideological one to the Pilgrims as shown by the Pilgrims hatred and fear of technology. Since the Pilgrims seem to only communicate through the spoken word, it will be interesting to see how the actual history of the Godwar world compares to the stories being told by them and what forces may have manipulated this world's history.

The story still feels like itís going somewhere tangible, and Iím quite enjoying the evolution of the characters as they regain their lost personalities and memories. Lois, in particular, is entertaining in this issue with her close minded opinions of Kellel and demeaning opinion of the Pilgrims. Thereís one scene the personality of the Lois we all know and love seems to be conflicted with the chain smoking hard-ass that the trinity-less world created. It leads to a very emotional and child-like response. The scene in question could be perceived as an inadvertent demonstration of a classic failed writing approach of the Lois Lane character, and I canít help but wonder if most readers will take from the scene the exact opposite of what I did--assuming that Lois is immature, unintelligent and egotistical.

The back-up story expands on the JSIís series of battles against Morgaine as told through the perspective of Gangbuster and itís not going so great for our heroes. Itís great to see more action in Trinity, and Iíd like that to continue. With such a great and expansive cast of characters there are so many opportunities for great battle sequences, and weíre only getting a glimpse of what could be some fantastic superhero action.

Of course history will show that most big superhuman battle scenes in comics tend to be fairly generic in nature with the artist drawing inconsequential clashes of good and evil. And while the second half of the comic is more action based, it is mostly combatants seemingly having no effect on one another. There are some solid moments in the back-up and itís by no means crap, just a teeny bit of a letdown as the basic plot is great, but if there was more originality and detail in the action Trinity #34 would have been a comic worth being excited about instead of just being a decent read.



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