Weeklies

Comic: "Trinity #1-3"
Published by: DC Comics
Written by: Kurt Busiek, Fabian Nicieza
Artist: Mark Bagley, others

Reviewer: Protoclown
Posted: 6/23/2008

Plot: New weekly DC comic that's supposed to explore the relationship between Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

Review: Trinity is the new weekly DC series meant to follow up the successful 52 and the tremendous pile of stapled shit that was Countdown to Final Crisis. This series focuses on the relationship between Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, and is not to be confused with the 2002 mini-series Trinity by Matt Wagner, which also focused on Supes, Bats, and Wonder Woman, but was different in that it was actually good.

Perhaps I'm being a bit unfair; after all, this series is only three weeks into its year-long story, but it appears sadly evident right off the bat that it has more in common with the crappy Countdown than the creative and interesting 52. I normally don't like to review a work until it's finished, so I can judge it in its entirity, but in this case I thought it proper to issue a fair warning.

So far what we have seen in this series is our "big three" heroes talking about some shared dream experience they had, wherein some powerful, unknown cosmic entity was obviously in distress, screaming "let me out!". Before they can really investigate this further, a generic, brutish villain named Konvikt shows up with a muppet monkey named Graak on his back, and they predictably start wreaking havoc where they touched down on Earth. They have a drawn-out brawl with the Justice League that's about as exciting as watching fish fuck, and we the reader are fully aware that these nobody villains aren't possibly going to pose the slightest threat or achieve anything of consequence.

In our backup stories by Busiek and Nicieza, we have the less-than-compelling villainous team-up of Morgaine Le Fey, Despero, and a "mysterious" guy in a green suit calling himself Enigma (who will turn out to be either the Riddler, or someone far less interesting). Enigma has a particular interest in Batman, and one half of his face is horribly scarred, covered by a metallic mask shaped vaguely like a question mark. Another Batman villain with half his face scarred. Oh, how exciting. We certainly haven't seen that before, only done in a much more interesting way. In another backup story, we see a prescient character named Tarot, who misguidedly did a reading for some drug runners who now want to force her to use her abilities to help them again. By the end of her story, the vaguest of connections to our "trinity" is hinted at, but it turns out that I don't really care, because there's nothing interesting about her character or any of these stories at all thus far.

Sometimes these weekly stories can take a little while to get up and running, but I'm playing things a bit cautious after being burned by Countdown. Dishing out $3 a week for a series amounts to over $150 by the time all's said and done, so it had damn sure better be pretty entertaining. Busiek can be a hit-or-miss writer, but I find that I enjoy his writing more often than not. I've never been much of a fan of artist Mark Bagley though, whose only real feather in his cap seems to be the speed with which he can crank out pages (perfect for a weekly series). Unfortunately, by drawing so fast, all of his characters essentially have the same face and many of his women (particularly Wonder Woman) are quite ugly.

I'll give this book a couple more issues, but if it doesn't shape up pretty quickly, I'm jumping ship before it becomes the disaster that Countdown was. I have a bad feeling that the tremendous amount of nothing that has happened in the first three issues will prove to be representative of the next thirty, as these weekly maxi-series tend to putter around wasting time with pointless filler until they get to the final stretch.

Overall rating: WholeWhole
(Scored on a 0.5 - 5 pickles rating: 0.5 being the worst and 5 being the best)

Reader Comments

Fanboy
Jun 24th, 2008, 07:58 AM
That original "Trinity" series by Matt Wagner was really good. This sounds much less so. I've found it impossible to keep up with the DC Universe these days anyway. Key phrase in this review - "the tremendous amount of nothing".
Mexican Rambo Doll
Jun 24th, 2008, 12:03 PM
I think DC has gone downhill.
The Goddamned Batman
Jun 24th, 2008, 01:52 PM
That depends on what you're reading. Vertigo is still publishing quality material and the core DC imprint is printing great stuff like All-Star Superman, Grant Morrison's Batman run and Justice Society of America. To say that they've completely gone down hill because they're publishing some bad books is a bit unfair. What publisher isn't putting out awful books?

Personally at the moment I think I slightly prefer DC to Marvel, but it switches back and forth every couple years or so. Don't get me wrong though, I love them both.
hanging out
Jun 24th, 2008, 02:16 PM
Look at those covers it appear is supposed to be a triptich. Batman's Cape is in Wonder Woman's Cover. Superman's Cape continues out of his Cover Shot but does not continue into Batman's Cover. Only Wonder Woman's Cover is encrouched on by another Character. Either Batman's a camera hogging dick (possible)or the artist is sexist!
Forum Virgin
Jun 25th, 2008, 03:44 PM
hey proto,
was that salamon grundy or a sorry ass two face in the first batman, the guy with his arms around women. i cant figure it out. let me know what you think.
suckass
Official forum judge
Jun 25th, 2008, 11:53 PM
Is it just me or is Fabian Nicieza the bane of the comic industry? I though he fucked up the X-books in the early 90's.
Turrican't. :(
Jun 26th, 2008, 07:35 PM
Wonder Woman is a damn whore. Colleen from Road Rovers and Krystal from Star Fox Adventures are WAAAAY hotter.
The Goddamned Batman
Jun 26th, 2008, 08:57 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by suckass View Post
hey proto,
was that salamon grundy or a sorry ass two face in the first batman, the guy with his arms around women. i cant figure it out. let me know what you think.
suckass
I am afraid you have quite confused me. Which comic are you talking about?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Girl Drink Drunk View Post
Is it just me or is Fabian Nicieza the bane of the comic industry? I though he fucked up the X-books in the early 90's.
He is definitely a bane of the comics industry, of that there can be no doubt. But the bane? There are so many others to choose from...

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kitsunexus View Post
Wonder Woman is a damn whore. Colleen from Road Rovers and Krystal from Star Fox Adventures are WAAAAY hotter.
Since I have no idea who either of the other two characters are, I'll have to go with Wonder Woman and oh jesus christ did i just get into an argument about which make believe girl on the internet was hotter excuse me i have a date with a bottle of pills
pickled
Jun 27th, 2008, 12:06 PM
Forget monthly comics, I'm all about the trades now.