Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Trinity #20 Review

In Search of...

Written by: James Robinson
Art by: Jack Herbert, Tyler Kirkham, Gabe Eltaeb and Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 28, 2018

I really thought this story was going to be over once the Trinity left Skartaris behind, but that was only the beginning!  Yea, our heroes have to find Steve Trevor and if you think it all feels like filler to finish out this series, I'd agree with you.  This book has been one of the biggest misses of Rebirth and I will not miss it one bit when it rides off into the sunset.  So, how was this issue?  Let's find out...

The issue opens by showing the reader what happened to Steve Trevor prior to the last story arc and it's very brief, but Deimos still manages to sound like the most generic villain ever.  He has a mustache ripe for the twirling, yet that's about the only thing he doesn't do here.

We then go off to see that the Trinity are "in place" to carry out a plan against Blue Strike Security and no matter what these guys did for Deimos in Skartaris, they don't feel like the Big Bad that James Robinson wants to convince us they are.

After some of the most wooden dialogue I've read involving the Trinity, each of them is attacked and we get pages of them fighting off space robot bugs (Superman), an Anubis-like robot (Wonder Woman) and robot apes (Batman).  That may sound pretty cool, but it really wasn't and the fights go on way too long.  We do move ahead to avoid further padding, but when Superman tells Batman that he "hurt a lot of people" I almost stopped reading right there.  Maybe there will be a twist next issue that explains it away, but for now, it was pretty much ugly nonsense.

After wasting so much time, Robinson decides to end it by having Batman figure out what's going on in one panel and then having the Trinity in position the next.  The issue ends with a cliffhanger that is less where is Steve Trevor than what he is and I really couldn't care less.

This issue is a complete mess of poor pacing, bad dialogue and a story and villain that is not interesting at all.  Trinity is ending because the book was never able to find it's footing and give fans of the Trinity something better or different than in other books and this just continues that trend.  The book looks good thanks to Jack Herbert, Tyler Kirkham and the rest of the art team, but there is no reason to pick up this issue unless you have been collecting from the start and are a completionist.

Bits and Pieces:

This is just another forgettable issue of a soon to be canceled series nobody will be talking about in a couple of months from now.  It's a shame that this series wasn't better, but this issue is a good mirror into why it wasn't.


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