Trinity Could Be the Best DC Rebirth Comic As of Yet

Friday, 23 September 2016 - 6:29PM
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Friday, 23 September 2016 - 6:29PM
Trinity Could Be the Best DC Rebirth Comic As of Yet
Though DC hasn't fared quite as well as their top competitor when it comes to cinema, the comic industry giant has managed to dominate comic sales as of late, recently surpassing Marvel's numbers for the first time since September 2013. While some of the credit is undoubtedly owed to the excitement generated by DC's most recent films, ultimately, it was DC's Rebirth initiative that put the company back on top.

There were a number of notable successes during DC's New 52 era. Snyder and Capullo's run on Batman, Azzarello and Chiang's run on Wonder Woman, and Geoff Johns run on both Aquaman and Justice League are all worthy examples. However, there were undoubtedly times that DC dropped the ball with the New 52, and Rebirth was their chosen method of course correcting. It looks like their plan worked, as it's been a long time since so many titles in DC's lineup have achieved the current level of critical acclaim that's been granted to them. Now, another title can enjoy that same glory with the rest.

Trinity, the title following the adventures of DC's three most popular and renowned superheroes, just hit shelves this week. Written, drawn, and colored by Francis Manapul, who has done some excellent work in the past on DC titles like Superman/Batman, The Flash, and Detective Comics, Trinity #1 has exceeded expectations with its beautiful artwork, fantastic characterization, and the introduction of an intriguing mystery.

The first issue tells the story of a dinner party arranged by Lois Lane, who has invited Wonder Woman and Batman to their home in order to get to know the pre-52 version of Clark Kent a little better, since they've only recently become aware of his existence. Afterwards, Clark hears something coming from the barn and goes to take a look. He apparently ends up looking into the past at a younger version of himself and his father, an image that also serves as the conclusion of Trinity's first issue.    

Manapul has done a fantastic job of characterizing the trinity. His stubborn and somber Batman is a nice change of pace from Scott Snyder's most recent take on the character in All-Star Batman, as he's decided to take the Caped Crusader in a lighter direction following the character's death and rebirth. Wonder Woman is both strong and funny. Manapul's Clark is thoughtful, careful, and kind. The interaction between these three is quite reminiscent of the Justice League animated series, which is simply another way of saying that Manapul has taken a classic yet original approach to these characters. He knows how to get the trinity to mesh well on the page, and the resulting dialogue is genuinely fun to read.    

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Trinity #1 also does a fantastic job of hooking the reader. The mystery at the end was both surprising and well placed, and the idea that there seems to be some door to the past in Clark's barn is an extremely intriguing enigma to have the trinity investigate for their first adventure. Though Manapul has decided to start things off slow, it looks like readers can expect things to start picking up the pace in the coming issues as Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman find out why things have gotten all timey-wimey in rural Kansas.    

There is a lot of responsibility that comes with writing a book like Trinity. As the lead characters are three of the most popular superheroes in all of fiction, aptly characterizing them and creating a story that can match their level of popularity is a must. Judging by issue #1, Francis Manapul has done that and more. If the rest of his work on the title is as strong as his opening issue, Trinity just might end up being the best comic to come from DC Universe Rebirth as of yet.
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