Trinity War continues to be much better than I expected it to be. It seems a lot of people are hating on this crossover, probably just because it’s a crossover, but it’s actually pretty good. But then, I mostly enjoyed Age Of Ultron, so maybe there’s something wrong with me. Naaah.
This issue begins with the much awaited fight between the Justice Leagues, but I really liked how Johns and Lemire actually cut the fight short by Superman demanding to be arrested for ‘killing’ Doctor Light. Even though I’m not opposed to Superman killing (opens up the Man Of Steel Pandora’s Box…), that was a great moment, that Superman is so honourable that he demands to be taken in. Superman’s reaction to these events is fascinating in many ways, not least because he seems to be ill. Is this due to guilt? Is it psychosomatic? Or has been effected by Pandora’s Box?
The scene where Wonder Woman goes to interrogate Hephaestus (and man, it’s kind of weird seeing Azzarello and Chiang’s reinterpretations outside of their own book) was very interesting, as it revealed that there are forces at play here that go beyond the Greek Gods. Could it be the Judeo-Christian God? I find it fascinating how this event has the Justice Leagues being attacked by two seemingly separate threats, the Secret Society, and whatever’s going on with Pandora. Crazy shit is happening, and we don’t know who’s causing them, and whether they are linked or not.
One man who may know if they are is The Question, who makes a great appearance here. I’m a big fan of the classic Question, and think the idea of an immortal, mystical version of the character is kind of dumb, but his scenes here worked well, the ending especially. In amongst all of this madness, Johns and Lemire find room for some interesting character moments, like the conversation between Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, or finding out more about Vibe.
This issue also brings in the Justice League Dark properly, they are investigating the explosion at Madame Xanadu’s, and Wonder Woman asks them for help with the Pandora’s Box mystery. I liked John Constantine instantly being wary of Wonder Woman, he’s such a great character. I’ve never read any JLD, but I’m picking it up for the crossover, I hope it’s good.
The art for this issue is from Doug Mahnke, who is not only a great superhero artist, but has experience of drawing the JLA and of drawing big epic crossover stuff, like Final Crisis. Even through a myriad of inkers, his style shines through. Even if you don’t like this story, you have to admit it looks good.