After the build up in previous issues, this one delivers a very unsatisfying payoff.
“Better Together” part six! The horror that kept our heroes trapped in nightmares of their own making is now loose in the world, and it’s taking possession of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman! When the spawn of Mongul holds the keys to the most powerful heroes in the DC Universe—no one is safe!
And so ends the first story of the new Trinity series. Not with a bang, but with a whimper. Seriously, this thing already felt like it was going long and the ending doesn’t feel like a pay off at all. Writer Francis Manapul just wasn’t able to stick the ending.
As the series plotted along, it was revealed to be another “Black Mercy creates Dream World” scenario (pop in season one of Supergirl for a similar story). Which was instrumented by Poison Ivy and tied into a major character moment she had in Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death. This could have been a great moment for a very popular member of Batman‘s rogues. Instead, it ends with a cope out and Poison Ivy’s memory being unceremoniously reset to protect the identities of the heroes. It’s not the worst moment for the villainess (as nothing will ever be as bad as Batman and Robin) but still, it’s a terrible payoff which could have been a very emotional scene.
Emanuela Lupacchino on pencils, Ray McCarthy and Matt Santonelli on inks and Hi-Fi on colors is the only saving grace of this issue. Their work is very striking and finds ways to balance the dream world and the real world with impressive detail work. The team also illustrates a very devastating battle between the mentally hijacked Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent.
Trinity is still a great concept or a series. The holy trio of the DC Universe working together in a tighter and more personal unit than a bigger team like the Justice League. Unfortunately, this first story went long and offers a very unsatisfying conclusion. The journey here was fun enough but he end just leaves a bitter task in your mouth.