Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Trinity #16 Review


Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: V Ken Marion, Sandu Florea, Dinei Ribeiro and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 20, 2017

Trinity is a book without an identity.  It didn't help that Superman Reborn kind of took the concept of this book and made it a bit obsolete, but we still have the three big guns so, come on!  Why can't we get some consistent storytelling here?  That's what I'm hoping for as we move forward and maybe it starts this week.  Well, does it?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with Batman fighting his way through Kobra thugs as New Year's Eve approaches.  We find out that the bad guys have kidnapped Deadshot's daughter and because of that, we get a pretty cool team up here...a cool and reluctant team up that is.  We get the setup and the tension that the bad stuff will all go down at the stroke of midnight.  I liked the cold open and I have to say, V Ken Marion's art is beyond impressive in this issue!

We cut away to a New Year's Eve party and the gang's all there...except Batman who is actually throwing the party.  While Diana and Clark are worried about Bruce, an explosion calls them away.  Of course, we know that was Deadshot's doing and it takes them to Batman and Floyd.  Rob Williams gives us some needed info...Batman is helping Floyd and Amanda Waller is aware of all of it.  Of course, Superman and Wonder Woman are in and they are off to find Zoe.

Superman and Wonder Woman give it the old college try but come away empty handed.  That's when Batman uses his big brain and realizes that they are all on a wild goose chase and the real target is elsewhere.

That's where they all go and while we get some personal asides with the main characters, it's all pretty straightforward.  The countdown to midnight has a little tension, but it all wraps up in a messy bow that has a little feeling involved but felt more like a story that would have been better served shortened and put in the Holiday Special issue.

This was a one-shot that fits well with the time of year but just felt like a filler issue nonetheless.  I loved V Ken Marion's art so much and while it made it easy on the eyes, it couldn't make the writing feel important.  Still, as a one-shot, I've read worse and while it didn't do much to change my overall feeling of this book, it was one of it's better issues.

Bits and Pieces:

This was a nice little New Years issue that involved a neat team-up, great art and little else.  While it didn't feel important, it didn't make me angry either.  There is something to say about that.


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