Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Trinity #9 Review

Good Looking Garbage

Written by: Francis Manapul
Art by: Francis Manapul and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 17, 2017

I really want to like this book.  I am a Francis Manapul fanboy and with the Justice League having some "problems", this was going to be my Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman teamup fix.  Well, that was the plan, but something happened on the way to the Watchtower.  Long story short...This has been one of my biggest disappointments of Rebirth.  I cant sugar coat it, it hasn't been good.  However, I am hoping this first chapter of the "Dead Space" story will change all that.  Manapul is on story and art and I am crossing my fingers that this is the issue that puts Trinity on the top of my pile.  Well, is it?  Let's find out...

The issue starts off with some pretty kick ass art showing a pretty grim scene...Jessica, Simon and Cyborg appear to be dead, floating in space.  We then go off to the Trinity and they are hanging in the cave that young Clark did in the Black Mercy story.  I am all for wrapping things up, but I was kind of hoping to move past all that nonsense.  No such luck and the scene ends with the three heading off to save their comrades as we see that the White Mercy girl is still around.

When they get to the Watchtower, shit has gone wrong, but at least Cyborg is alive...barely.  They notice that he has Green Lantern constructs on him (looked more like alien plants, but okay) and head off to save him.  After spelling satellite wrong, we see the plan...get to the escape pods and use the energy from them to get Cyborg back up and running.

It's not that easy as they run into a big alien sack of sorts and then are attacked by Simon and Jessica...who are now aliens!!!  There is an extended fight until Barry shows up and scoops up Batman to save him.  There is also a funny bit about why he didn't save Superman and Wonder Woman.  What happened to Simon and Jessica?

The Flash then tells Batman the what's what.  Aliens and a meteor shower have caused some major problems, but Batman seems to not realize that Simon and Jessica are taken over by aliens.  He just fought them!  Where are they?

The issue ends with Barry telling Batman that aliens creep him out as we see the Big Bad come face-to-face with Wonder Woman and Superman.  However, the cliffhanger throws a question of who is bad after all.

Well, this is not a good issue.  It looks great, but the story is paper thin and confusing.  We don't get enough information about anything going on here to really care and by the end, I realize that I still don't have a Justice League book to call my own.

Bits and Pieces:

This is a great looking issue that doesn't have much beyond that.  The story of an attack on the Watchtower was confusing and poorly setup and executed.  I wish I could recommend this since it's the start of a new arc, but I can't so I won't.


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