- Series: Trinity (DC Comics)
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (June 2, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401222773
- ISBN-13: 978-1401222772
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Trinity Vol. 1 (Trinity (DC Comics)) Paperback – June 2, 2009
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"Kurt Busiek has proven himself to be powerful writer... Bagley is rock solid and strong."
About the Author
Kurt Busiek has written comics for decades, including a legendary run on The Avengers. His other work includes writing for Darkman, The Hulk, Iron Man, Green Lantern, Untold Tales of Spider-Man and the JLA/Avengers crossover. Mark Bagley is a hugely popular artist renowned for drawing an unbroken run of over 100 issues of Ultimate Spider-Man, as well as for his work on Amazing Spider-Man, New Warriors and Thunderbolts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top customer reviews
Of course, Busiek doesn't do this on his own. He is added by his longtime collaborators Fabian Niecza and Mark Bagley. These three are responsible for the Thunderbolts, the New Warriors, and have individually shaped most of the pre Bendis MU. It is therefore even more interesting to witness how these legendary Marvel creators render the DC trinity. I won't spoil the story, as it twists here and there, but it certainly is worth investigating.
I thought the story was quite good, captivating and fun. Others complained about it being to long-winded and scattered, but I actually thought it's paced nicely and its spread is great since it incorporated so many interesting characters. It is true that the way the story is told can be a bit scattered, there are just tons of little threads, but things did come together. I feel like all the plot devices have been picked up and developed; there is really no pointless face dropping. But the enormous cast is just so much fun. I really enjoyed seeing the Bat family in this volume! Oracle and Nightwing are simply awesome here.
I am really satisfied with the characterization, generally spot on. The personality and thinking process "bleed" of the Trinity towards the end was so much fun to watch, but also heart warming in a weird way. The side characters are also portrayed well. I do have one gripe, is that the Trinity did talk about themselves an awful lot when they are trying to decipher their connections and significance in the bad guys' plot. I mean, that's fine, but the way they talked about themselves seemed a little pompous and really awkward; the script writer should make some characters do the analysis. Like later on there was a moment when Nightwing and Oracle were deciphering the Devil card's connection to Bruce, and the analysis from them was great and fun to read, not awkward at all. They should done something like that throughout, and don't make the heroes talk about themselves!
The art is generally fine, colorful and clean and pretty to look at. The style is very regular and commercial, and very quickly the art style kind fades to the back of your mind, you don't notice it anymore, which is nice for a more complex story actually.
All in all, I really enjoyed this story and am looking forward to how things develop in vol 2.
Additional comment: I read a bit of reviews, and it seems most people hated it when they were actually following the series. I can sort of see why; they story would be very scattered and discontinuous if serialized. I read volume one pretty much in three sittings, and it was very enjoyable that way. I guess this is one thing you should only read in trades.
It also took some time getting used to Bagleys take on these characters. His fluid style is much better suited to the likes of Spider-Man rather than the DC Trio. Nevertheless his storytelling is still strong and the overall art team works well.
But this isn't the Busiek that I know and love from Astro City, who can evoke schmaltzy sentimentality in my jaded heart through understatement, be it an unfinished sentence or unexplained gesture. Instead, this is the overstating Busiek we get when he's writing for one of the big companies. This is the Busiek who analyzes relationships in the most unentertaining manner possible--through overt exposition. Trinity is all about discerning patterns and symmetries, but such things are only rewarding for readers if they feel like they pieced things together on their own. Alan Moore's Watchmen is a prime example of a work where the readers can delight in the discovery of newfound connections even after multiple readings. But here, Busiek just has characters blather about the nature of everything. Wondering what each of the trinity contribute to their relationship? You'll be told. Wondering how each evil analogue matches up to their counterpart? They'll discuss it. Wondering why Superman has an edge over Ultraman? Read on.
I think if Busiek would tell his story using other methods besides dialogue, then we wouldn't bee seeing so many middling reviews of Trinity. I know he can do it, but when he's penning mainstream superheroes, he seems to favor old-school bombast.
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