Trinity 1 – 6

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Trinity (Volume 2) #1
Written by Francis Manapul
Art by Manapul

2008 – 2009’s Trinity Maxi-series was…well…bad. Nothing of consequence came from it and it really was a waste of everyone’s time and money. Nearly a decade later can DC create a good series starring their trinity of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman? If I had to judge from the first issue alone, I would say Manapul has hit one out of the park. In this issue, Batman and Wonder Woman decide to meet with the Post-Crisis Superman at his new home for dinner.  Superman brings up a story that Dick Grayson told him about Batman Pre-Flashpoint and Bruce has no memory of it. Interesting considering my theory that the ten years taken away thing means that their memories have just been erased. But this was early in Batman’s career, so it may just be chunks of time adding up to ten years and not a consecutive ten years? Anyways, there were many things I loved about this, but most of all the art. Manapul takes advantage of being both the writer and artist by setting up some rather beautiful and creative way to do the panels on the pages. I also loved how this book – unlike the first volume of Trinity – seems to  be firmly set in the DCU. It references the main series of its main characters and what is going on in those books. That is how to build a real cohesive universe and I am glad DC is doing that well in this Rebirth era. The final page through me for a loop too…what is going on there?

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Trinity (Volume 2) #2
Written by Francis Manapul
Art by Manapul

In this issue, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman seemingly go back in time and meet with Jonathan Kent in Smallville but the final pages reveal that they are all actually under the spell of Black Mercy and imagining it while Poison Ivy has attacked them with it. This was a beautifully drawn issue. But the Black Mercy thing has been done so many times before and it has been done with the Trinity so many times before, I wish Manapul had thought of something more original to do.

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Trinity (Volume 2) #3
Written by Francis Manapul
Art by Clay Mann

I love how this comic is referencing the events of the other books. Tim Drake’s “death” is talked about in this issue. This is continuity at it’s finest. And art at it’s finest too. Holy crap Clay Mann draws a Great Gotham City. Every single panel is gorgeous. I only wish we got out of these black mercy dreams and we got to see him draw Gotham City and it’s denizens for real. Same with Manapul.

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Trinity (Volume 2) #4
Written by Francis Manapul
Art by Emanuela Lupacchino

More fantastic use of continuity as the Black Mercy plant brings them all to a dream version of Themyscira and Rucka’s run is heavily referenced especailly his version of Themyscira and its Amazon language. Another great issue. I am surprisingly liking this Black Mercy story better than I usually like Black Mercy stories.

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Trinity (Volume 2) #5
Written by Francis Manapul
Art by Manapul

Everything is explained in this incredible issue as Francis Manapul combines such DCU concepts as the Dreaming, the Green, the Black Mercy Plant, Mongul, and Poison Ivy’s maternal instincts into a wonderful little package that is too hard for me to explain here but is just so cool. I am very much impressed with this series so far.

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Trinity (Volume 2) #6
Written by Francis Manapul
Art by Emanuela Lupacchino

Ok Francis Manapul is one of my favorite writers. He could have been like Bryan Hitch or any of these other lazy writers and basically had Poison Ivy find out all their secret identities in this comic and not explain it away but instead he makes sure Poison Ivy believes that the Black Mercy gave Clark his powers and later has her memory erased. I loved it. That is how a real writer writes in the DCU. He thinks of the other comics the character is in and how this effects them, he thinks of secret identities, he thinks of consequences. I hope we get to see sweet White Mercy again and the plant creature at the end is her. This was an incredible opening arc which I expect will continue to be an incredible comic book series.

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