I’ve been enjoying ‘Trinity War’ a lot more than I thought I would, but this issue was probably the least enjoyable of them all so far. It really did smack of Lemire and Johns going ‘this is the middle of the story, so pad things out a bit before the big climax’.
I also feel a bit robbed of the promised Justice League Vs JLA battle we were promised. The two teams are working together now, and the Justice League knows about the other group’s secret purpose. I wanted them to fight god-dammit! We’re never going to get to the fireworks factory now. I am however enjoying seeing this many characters all interact in one story. Since the New 52 began, DC have kept the crossovers fairly small, but this has stepped things up a level, and for the first time since Flashpoint, we’re getting a look at the ‘DC Universe’ as a whole.
Most of this issue was various groups of Justice Leaguer’s running around trying to find an answer to one mystery or another and failing, but there were some good bits. I liked how Catwoman managed to open the door to the House Of Mystery by persuasion rather than brute force, and Flash saying that Hal would have been able to do things better than Simon Baz was a fun moment, he just misses his friend!
The action scenes were also well-done, Doug Mahnke’s artwork was excellent, I loved how scary Superman was made to look here. Something’s not right with him and it’s intimidating. Speaking of intimidating, man, Martian Manhunter is not fucking around is he? He is hardcore. I sort of miss the fun-loving, Oreo-eating J’Onn from back in the day, but this guy is kind of awesome. The Doctor Psycho plot was pretty interesting too, he was in Kahndaq, but he never did anything, it was a diversion from the Secret Society, which shows just how ruthless they are. Now that we know they are something to do with Earth-3, the mystery is less exciting, but still, they are looking like a genuinely exciting threat.
The involvement of Lex Luthor in this story is confusing to me, if Pandora is looking for someone who is ‘pure of heart’, why the hell is she going to Lex? It makes little to no sense. But I don’t mind really, Luthor is a great villain, and since he’s appeared so little in the New 52 (although he’s creeping up more often lately) it’s always nice to see him. The ending was actually pretty good too, as Wonder Woman grabs Pandora’s Box and gets totally possessed.
I’m genuinely excited to see what goes down in the final 2 parts of this story, yes, it’s kind of stupid, but it’s the good kind of stupid, it’s event-comic stupid!