Another war is coming! (not again) and this time it’s bringing all three League’s together to fight the evil! But forces are pitting the trinity of Leagues against each other, hence the title of this arc, Trinity War. Madame Xanadu sees a few different key players in this oncoming war, all of whom you’d be able to guess before opening the book, making it pleasantly predictable. There’s a lot of mysteries placed out nicely on the table as well as many interesting plot choices that I’m not sure what to think of yet. Only time will tell.
A few instances within this issue made me smile a hopeful smile for the future of Supes and Wondy…meaning it is, without a doubt, coming to an end. Their incompatibility is evident within their differing moral standpoints on the value of human life and what each of them are willing to do for truth and justice. I’d like to make a proposal to DC that there be a “break-up” issue, and it be written by Gail Simone. Geoff can step away from Justice League for one issue right?
My favorite moment in this issue comes in the form of bad-assery. Wonder Woman is, no doubt, the best of both worlds, doing what she CAN to uphold justice while being willing to do what is neccesary to save the innocent. Which is why this single panel made me cheer and toast my invisible friend across the living room.
This issue is one of the better constructed issues of the Justice League. There’s a lot of focus on the characters, like the above mentioned relationship of Supes and Wondy, but Johns presents a JLA willing to question Amanda Waller’s bossiness. THAT was the moment I was waiting for with the JLA! Show some gusto! Don’t be idiots and simply follow orders blindly. I hope this goes straight into their own title, and that this isn’t some team building glitch. And I’m glad to see that Cyborg isn’t just pals with machines.
My only complaint, and it isn’t a big complaint, is how lack luster this opener seems. Maybe my expectations were too high, but I do feel a sense that the build up to this event just didn’t pay off here. I’m certain more build up will come as the issues roll in, but right now I feel more could have been done to really open up this first chapter in the Trinity War.
All in all, good stuff. Entertaining and fun. If you need my thoughts on the art by the brother’s Reis…EPIC! (as always.)
8 out of 10 stars