Friday, March 17, 2017

Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 Trinities in DC

Welcome back to another exciting addition of Top 5 Fridays. While there were many good comics this week, the one that interested me the most was the most recent issue of the Trinity comic. To those who didn't read it, we witness the birth of a villainess Trinity, made up of Lex Luthor, Ras Al Ghul, and Circe. While the issue was subpar, I was intrigued by where the villainous Trinity would go. Then it made me think about the number of Trinities there actually were in the DC universe. While we know that Superman, Batman, and wonder woman are the main Trinity that we know and love(despite the site's current scores on them), but if you take a step back, you'll realize that the best team often come in three. Today, we will be exploring a few other Trinities that I find fascinating. As always this is an opinion based list, so if you don't see a team you would like, I apologize. With the formalities out-of-the-way, get two of your best friends, and let's dive into this list.

5: Trinity of Nature(Swamp Thing, Abigail Arcane, Animal Man)

While not official and name, we saw what this trio could do during the Rotworld event. While swamp thing and animal man were able to lead the forces of life against Anton Arcane's army, it was Abigail who delivered the final blow on her evil relative. Soon after the trio went their separate ways, but this adventure alone made me hope that one day this trio would reunite to take on another threat to their respective kingdoms. During Soule's final arc in his Swamp Thing run, we almost got that team up again, but rather than find this powerful ally of the Red that helped him save the future, he mostly stuck to himself, with some backup from Abigail. As we get further into Rebirth, I hope to see the heroes make a comeback in their own stories, because with what's coming, the world could use its Avatars again.

4: The Justice League of China

While the youngest group, in age and how long they've been published, the JLC has already left their mark on the DC Universe and it's fans. While the title of the book might be "The New Super-Man," the whole trio has been the true stars of the show. Design wise, they are the most unique on this list, due to their boss, Dr. Omen designing the three of them to be apart of the same team, and as such have uniforms that mesh well with one another. Personality wise, they compliment each other. Baixi's analytical mind with Deilan's compassionate personality is a good foil for Kenan's hot-headed demeanor. The group has a very long way to go to stand out on their own, but if they keep doing what they have been for China, then I am certain they will one day become heroes that stand alongside the original Trinity as equals rather than Chinese knock-offs.

3: Dark Trinity(Red Hood, Bizarro, Artemis)

I'm not going to lie: I am not a fan of Red Hood. Most of the storylines I have read before New 52 usually have him go like, "#%^* your no kill rule Batman, I'm gonna kill all the scum of Gotham," which is fine... if it wasn't every other story with him. Now while this personality shifted in the New 52, with Red Hood helping out the Batfamily, I still had my doubts before dedicating myself to him. Well, Rebirth brought me what I still think could be the coolest team up ever: Red Hood's Dark Trinity. The violent son of the Bat teaming up with a disgraced Amazon and the Backwards Bruiser is something I never thought of before as Red Hood never felt like the kind of hero that fits well with a superpowered team. However, the trio does work well from a character perspective, while maintaining the feel that a good Trinity needs. After the conclusion of their first arc, and I'm ready for them to work together to find this Bow of Ra that lead Artemis to Red Hood in the first place. Pup, pup, and away!

2: CW Star City's Trinity(Arrow, Diggle, Felicity)

If it hasn't been made obvious, heroes without powers often need a team to help them. For example, despite his badassery, Batman still needs help from Alfred and Jim Gordon. With that in mind, I was honestly a little worried about how the Green Arrow would do during his television debut. While he was a brutal vigilante, it's clear that he would need some form of help when it came to saving his city. Thankfully in the earlier part of the season, Oliver brought on two people who could help him. An ally with brawn and a technician with brains. Diggle and Felicity. For 5 years, these three have been always at the center when it came to saving Starling/Star City. There have even been times where they have stepped away from their current mission to help one another out in personal dilemmas. They've had their problems with one another, some that even threatened to break the team, but at the end of the day, they are a platoon, a team, and most importantly, a family.

1: The New Trinity of Earth 2(Green Lantern, Flash, Hawkgirl)

As I've mentioned in past posts on Weird Science, I'm a sucker for a good origin story. It's always fun to watch a person find a higher calling and works hard to achieve the goal laid out for them. So imagine this person having to fill the boots of the original Trinity of their Earth. It's a bit daunting, to say the least. They have to be a warrior of truth, a symbol of justice, and a beacon of hope. On Earth 2, those virtues were lost the moment that the original Trinity died. And in the world ravaged by war, three new heroes stepped up to fill the void left behind. Jay Garrick, a young man who was at the right place at the right time to gain the speed of the Gods. Kendra Saunders, a woman who defied the shadowy activities of the World Army. Alan Scott, a man who lost everything, but gain the ability to fly higher and greater than before. These three were thrust into their position but still owed for the virtues left behind by their predecessors. They made mistakes, sometimes even fatal ones, but they stood back up ready to defend their world and inspire hope where there is none. It's a shame we won't get to see them anymore considering they now have a new world to inspire… All we can hope is that one day, we can see that world shaped by our heroes again.

That's it for this week's Top 5 Friday! What heroes do you think would make a good Trinity? Leave a comment and I'll see you next time!

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