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Written By: J.M. DeMatteis Art By: Yvel Guichet, Jason Gorder, Gabe Eltaeb Cover Price: $2.99 Release Date: February 18, 2015
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
During the last issue of Trinity of Sin......... Which was a awhile ago because I'm late on this review, we saw our damaged heroes enter the cave housing the Redemption Box, in an attempt to use the box's power to reverse Nimraa's magic and revert the Earth back to it's not so dark incarnation. It's too bad that Nimraa was fast on their case and did everything that she could to stop the Trinity, but in the end our pseudo heroes laid their hands on the box and entered the world within it........... Some how redemption means that these three characters get crucified for all their trouble. Fuck it, the Earth is staying dark and monstrous because I'm not getting crucified....... I guess it's a good thing that it doesn't fall on me to save the world. Let's check out this issue and see if the Redemption Box holds more for our heroes than pain and maybe gives them the power to save the world............ With one issue left, I hope so.
Our issue begins right where we left our heroes last time.......... With them being crucified in a strange land that seems to be an endless desert. If that wasn't bad enough, for all the power that these characters hold within them, no matter what they do they cannot get themselves free and periodically are tortured by glass vultures and other creatures of this world that devour them over and over again........... Yeah, apparently Redemption means Hell because this sure feels like Hell to me. Eventually and I say eventually because who knows how long these characters suffered in this world, the Question was able to break free of his restraints and even though these other two beings that he's hated his entire life have saved him in this series and carried the burden of his pain, the Question decides to leave them when he can't get their restraints loose.
Once Question runs off into the desert of this strange redemption world, he finds that maybe he was better off crucified............ Well, probably not but he is now tormented by strange figures asking the same question over and over again and it's the one question that he's asked himself the most over his long long life. "Who am I?" After Question pulls out his Spear of Inquest and drives the ghosts away, he is met by the Guardian of The Redemption Box........... who talks to him about redemption.... makes sense. He tells Question that his salvation lies with Pandora and Phantom Stranger and Question makes his way back to them knowing that the thing that released him from his restraints was the doubt that he deserved the punishment.
In the end, after the Question fights manifestations of Pandora and Phantom Stranger's guilt, he throws a little doubt their way by driving his spear into them and once they doubt that they should die, this desolate world full of pain and torment transforms into a paradise that our Trinity must decide if they'll go back and save the Earth or stay and accept this "heaven"............... Well, since the Earth is still converted into darkness and we have one issue left our Trinity decides to leave the Redemption Box and we're left with a issue that didn't do anything to advance the story except make The Question feel a little bit better about himself.......... But since we really know nothing about this character, it doesn't really matter.
That's it for this issue of Trinity of Sin and like the issues that proceeded it, there wasn't really much here to get you excited for this team of characters or make this comic worthwhile. Yeah, we delved into the psyche of The Question a little bit but it was just more of the things that we've already known about the character and the chance to explore him more would have made this comic into something special. The art to this issue like all the others was top notch though and that to me seems like the only reason that people should be continually picking up this book because besides for that, there just isn't enough going on to keep me interested.
Bits and Pieces:
Trinity of Sin #5 continues to underwhelm and just portrays the title characters as guilt ridden monsters that want to pay for what they've done in the past so that they might one day find salvation and that is fine but we've seen this from these characters over and over and at this point I would just like to see something new. Hopefully the last issue does something to redeem this series because at this point Trinity of Sin just feels like a unneeded misstep.