Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Trinity #4 Review

Island Time

Written by: Francis Manapul
Art by: Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, Hi-Fi and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: December 21, 2016

This book was going to be my Justice League book and became a part of my pull list immediatley.  I love Francis Manapul's art and while he hasn't kept up on that front, the artists who have stepped in have all kicked ass.  The story, on the other hand, hasn't really grabbed me and I have to admit, this book is in danger of being dropped by me.  So, does this issue get me back onboard as we head off to Wonder Woman's dream world?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with the Trinity heading to Themyscira as Wonder Woman reminds herself that it's all a dream.  She also tries to convince herself that this whole adventure has been good for them, but I think Batman might disagree.  We also get the obligatory "truth" that seems to follow Diana anywhere she goes in Rebirth right as they reach the shores of Paradise Island.

They are almost immediately set upon by female warriors who don't take kindly to Wonder Woman saying she is the Princess of Amazons.  It is pretty cool when they are saved from harm by...a young Diana!

While this is going on in "dreamworld", we get to see the results of Lois driving through the barn door in real life.  She almost kills Jon and Poison Ivy before getting clocked in the face by the later.

Back on Themyscira, the Trinity must prove themselves through a series of trials (they love their trials), but it's a mute point for Batman and Superman.  In fact, I'm not sure why they even participate because after an impressive showing, they are still banished to the Dark Quarters.

They are joined by Wonder Woman who decided not to stay on Themyscira (again) and after heading off on a raft, are joined by the young Diana.  After she gives Wonder Woman the Lasso of Truth, it all becomes clear...this world is learning about them through their most vulnerable moments.

That's fine and dandy, but the group has more pressing a giant serpent swallowing them.  It's all part of the plan, however, and after fighting their way out of it's belly, they come face-to-face with the real big bad...maybe.  I still don't know how Poison Ivy figures into the grand scheme, but the cliffhanger shows a guy who is very familiar with this arcs scenario.

This issue was okay.  Everything seemed like it was just there to setup the ending and everything just felt rushed.  The pacing of this whole arc has been off, but I think this issue is the worst offender.

Emanuela Lupacchino's art is superb.  Everything looks so fantastic and I know that it's generic reviewer speak, but the art is worth the price of admission alone.

Bits and Pieces:

It's no surprise that Francis Manapul takes Diana and the Trinity to Themyscira, but everything was so rushed, that it barely made an impact.  The cliffhanger was interesting and the art was awesome, but I can't recommend this book as of now.  I just need more and I hope it comes soon because I am loosing interest in this story.


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