DC Comics brings their latest event which unified its universe to the graphic novel format with “Justice League: Trinity War.” The cataclysmic battle crossed the pages of Justice League, Justice League of America, Justice League Dark, Trinity of Sin: Pandora, Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger, Constantine, and the New 52 Free Comic Book Day Special for 2012. It was a colossal endeavor that brought together almost every character from every corner of the DC world.
Pandora has stolen her box back and is scouring the world in search of the perfect or imperfect soul to open it. She believes her actions will put an end to the evil she accidently released on humanity. The members of the three different Justice Leagues are at odds over whether or not Pandora can be trusted or knows what she’s doing. Is she misled in her endeavors or can she really wipe the face of evil off the Earth?
It’s amazing how four different writers can organize their thoughts into one complex storyline. The scripting for “Justice League: Trinity War” was handled by Geoff Johns, Ray Fawkes, Jeff Lemire, and J.M. DeMatteis. It’s a great story that keeps readers’ attention from start to finish. Speaking of the finish, I didn’t see it coming. It’s well-played and leads right into the next Universe-wide event for DC.
There are way too many artists to list off who contribute to “Justice League: Trinity War.” They include Ivan Reis, Jim Lee, Vicente Cifuentes, Gene Ha, Joe Prado, and Scott Williams to name a few. Each one brings their own style to the table. They all do a fabulous job of bringing the words of the writers to life in every panel.
I would rate “Justice League: Trinity War” as PG-13 if I were using MPAA standards. There’s a lot of violence and some language. Some folks might be offended by the amount of magic used in the book, especially with the characters from Justice League Dark being such a strong presence in the story. Most of the plot devices are based on Greek mythology and other cultural stories outside of Christianity. There are the seven deadly sins, but they’re blended together with other concepts outside of Western Civilization’s religious views.
A Variant Cover Gallery is included for the graphic novel version of “Justice League: Trinity War.” We get seven pages of different artwork from the likes of Pasqual Ferry, Brad Anderson, Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse, Mikel Janin, Vicente Fuentes, and Tomeu Morey. It’s not as much bonus material as I’m sure they could’ve included, but it’s still great work to look at.
“Justice League: Trinity War” does a great job of gathering together the agents of all three super powered teams in one book. There’s something for every fan to enjoy within its pages. Some may find the inclusion of so many characters limits the amount of time each one gets in the limelight. Others will say the ends justify the means when it comes to the storyline. I agree with both sides, but still wished there was a little more Batman and Swamp Thing involved in the turmoil.
“Justice League: Trinity War” is available now in hardcover, paperback, and Kindle editions.
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