Saturday, November 22, 2014

Trinity of Sin #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Yvel Guichet, Jason Gorder
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 19, 2014

The Dark World......... Not That Thor Movie

Last issue of Trinity of Sin we saw our trio of the damned being attacked separately by monster assassins and it really took Pandora calling forth a spell that gave the Trinity the strength to survive.  After Phantom Stranger and Question overpower their attackers, they are transported to Pandora and it looks like it's team up time! Woo!  Only the Question told them to go to hell, so it looks like it's only Pandora and Phantom Stranger having a team up.  After calming himself over the death of Dr. Thirteen, Phantom Stranger felt where the darkness was coming from and our sinful duo flew into space to confront a.......a....... well it's some kind of ancient bird man creature.  Now I wasn't a fan of the first issue of this series, but let's keep our minds open as we check out this issue and see if our heroes can take on that awful bird thing.  Let's check it out.

Explain It!:

Our story begins right where last issue left off with Pandora and Phantom Stranger confronting that... that bird thing, who tells us that it's name is Nimraa and that he's the last of an ancient race that existed when the world was dark, but after the coming of the light they were all wiped out as light prevailed and men took over the world.  Really Phantom Stranger just wants to know if it's the one that sent the assassin and killed Dr. Thirteen and when Nimraa casually says yes, well Phantom Strange loses all thoughts of mercy and redemption because he wants this Nimraa dead. 

Before any murder can go down though, Nimraa takes home court advantage when he transports Pandora and Phantom Stranger to............ wait for it.......... The Dark World.  If any of you have played Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, then you know the drill and I hate to say this, but that concept seems tired.  Now I don't want you going out and telling your friends about this Dark World is an actually place or dimension because this entire world and all it's inhabitants (Nimraa and his three assasssins) are only within Nimraa's mind.  It's kind of like the Matrix and Nimraa is the spoon and he bends you....... Yeah, I think that makes sense.  So even with Pandora's essence of light powers and Phantom Strangers...... Stranger powers, they are no match against a being that controls reality itself.  So our heroes are down and all Nimraa seems to care about is the fact that The Question was a dick and that he didn't get him to the Dark World with his two non amigos.

Back on Earth, The Question is at the grave of the woman from last issue that ran the boarding house he lived in and was pretty much killed by the assassin of Nimraa because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.  Now I'm a little concerned here about what kind of time has passed between these two issues.  It all seems pretty instantaneous but here this woman is already buried.  Does the Dark World have a weird time displacement?  Have Phantom Stranger and Pandora been held captive within the Dark World for sometime now?  Does any of this really matter and am I just nitpicking?  All valid questions, but lets move on.  To get the Question's interest or vengeance peaked Nimraa takes control of the woman and has her crawl out of her grave, which totally freaks out The Question and Nimraa opens the portal to the Dark World so that the two can meet face to face.  All I did at this section was yell out "No Question, it's a trap", but apparently he didn't hear me and entered the portal to seek revenge against the creature that killed a woman that he liked and then desecrated her body.

The Question doesn't waste anytime going after Nimraa and pulls a trope of Highlander the series where he pulls out a big ass spear he calls the Spear of Inquest that he created using a fragment of the Spear of Destiny and shoves it through Nimraa's torso.  I'm still left wondering though how the hell all those immortals hid their big ass swords in Highlander though.  I know they had long coats, but come on!  As you can imagine, since they are in the Dark World, none of this affects Nimraa and we find out that the creature needed the entire Trinity of Sin to recreate the Dark Earth that he originated from eons ago and well, now he's got them.

In the end we see our Trinity of Sin strung up back at the Rock of Eternity and Nimraa uses Question's Spear of Inquest, Phantom Stranger's silver coin necklace and Pandora's box to create a spell using the trio's blood to bring the darkness back to the land.  Eventually Pandora breaks free from her restraints and tries to heal her trial mates and as she does she feels the last bit of light that her new power uses fade out and the three realize as they walk out into the world that reality has changed horribly.  You know as in the dark variety.  

That's it for this month's Trinity of Sin and I still don't know how to feel about this book.  I know that these are superstars when it comes to mystical heroics, but this whole scenario just seems too big for them to handle.  Most stories have some sort of dilemma going on and then the hero takes care of it, but this is the entire freaking world.  I'm pretty sure the other heroes of the DCU would try and get involved when they step outside and see the new Dark Earth.  I think I would of preferred a more intimate story featuring these three discovering how bonded they actually are and maybe getting some insight on who the Question is and what he can do.  But what the hell do I know?  I trust DeMatteis to bring this story around and make it really interesting, but as of right now, it's just kind of "Meh".  You know what isn't "Meh" though?  Yvel Guichet's art, that's what.  I dug the art and while it might not be as great as last issue's, due to some really wide shots to show all the characters, it's still real good and I hope we get to see more of it.  So see you next month as we continue our adventure with the Trinity of Sin and hopefully see a proper ass kicking of Nimraa.  See you then.

Bits and Pieces:

After two issues, I'm not really impressed with this series.  We have a huge over the top story and it feels like it might be too much for these heroes to handle especially when we only really know two out of the three main characters.  It's odd just jumping into this with no real knowledge of the New 52 Question and not taking a little bit of time to maybe acclimate us to what he can do, but I guess we'll have to just accept it and wait it out.  I still want this series to be great, but as of right now I'm not too excited about it.


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