Trinity, Vol. 1 (Trinity, #1) By Kurt Busiek

    Holy Watchmen, Batman! This thing is long! I have the other two volumes, and I kinda wanna finish them...and yet, I kinda don't care.
    I'll give it this, toward the ending the pace picks up enough that it is pretty fun to read. The beginning and the, not so much. I can see why several of the other reviewers didn't finish it. I must have picked this up and then put it down about a hundred times. It's never a good thing when you get a sense of accomplishment just because you managed to finish a comic book.
    After reading this, I'm reminded of one of the reasons that I usually gravitate toward Marvel. *cough Alternate Universes cough* DC seems to have a love affair going with the idea of time-travel and alternate dimensions. Personally, I find it annoying. Now, not only to I have to keep up with Superman, but I have to keep up with the seemingly endless list of other Supermen. Honestly, how many time-traveling clones and evil/good alternate reality twins can one guy have?! Does anyone remember when there was only Bizarro? I say Bizarro was enough. Alright, end of rant.
    The other thing I thought was a little off was the mysterious origins of the character Enigma. I don't get what was so mysterious about him. Cause, as soon as he introduced himself I thought to myself, Hey, isn't that...?. However, I have to say he wasn't exactly who I thought he was, because (wait for it...wait for it) this one was from and alternate universe. Hmmmm. How did I not see that one coming? 9781401222772 Three Things About Trinity

    1) there is only one 52. i understand that success at a particular thing will often make a company want to do more of that particular thing. the weekly spectacular called 52 was a brilliant concept that was brilliantly enacted (well at least in those issues dominated by Grant Morrison, Mark Waid, and Greg Rucka; Geoff Johns: ugh, hack). but perhaps DC should have laid the 52-issue mini-series idea to rest after 52 because various follow-ups have been uninspiring. and long-winded. and often just plain tired. such is Trinity, or at least the first volume. it suffers from a grinding busyness: overstuffed, overblown, overbearing. it is all over the map and has a real whiff of desperation to it. not hot! and all the mystical tarot magical magick became wearying. as far as mysticism goes, this is definitely a far cry from Alan Moore's infinitely superior Promethea, despite the similar symbology. on the very, very small plus side, i did appreciate the use of the formerly (?) heroic Quizmaster Enigma, Counter-Earth's answer to The Riddler. pretty cool.

    2) Kurt Busiek disappoints. i'm not used to being disappointed by Busiek because he's so often an innovative and brilliant writer. just as 52 cheekily tapped the cheeky talents of Waid & Morrison to cheekily reconstruct the entire multiverse, Trinity attempts to put Busiek's specific talents to work in re-imagining its trinity of Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman as universal super-archetypes. should have been a perfect fit: the three are already mythic icons and Busiek's stock-in-trade is the revisiting and deconstruction and often reconstruction of various comic-heroic archetypes. his series Astro City accomplishes that to expert and often moving effect. unfortunately his voice is quite lost in this mega-series. doltish dialogue. doltish villain Despero returns. even worse, page after page of doltish fight scenes involving doltish new character Konvikt (sweet Jesus, even that name is doltish). i understand what Busiek was trying to accomplish - he's revisiting the Golden Age through a modern lens. it worked a couple times but those sweet moments are lost in the flood of d'uhlt.

    3) just as 52 elevated a lot of b-listers into characters of interest and worth (particularly The Question: Lady Edition), Trinity attempts the same with b-listers like Gangbuster and Enigma. the results are mainly lackluster. i was rather surprised at Trinity's elevation of continuity-cursed Hawkman. this is the perpetually reincarnated Carter Hall Hawkman but for some reason his passionately lovelorn and vaguely mystical personality is gone, replaced by the rough, tough, hairy-chested brutality of the Thanagarian policeman Katar Hal version of Hawkman. in Trinity, we witness (and also read various supporting characters regularly comment on) this typically dour Hawkman's tough love approach, his rough justice, his brutal relentlessness, etc, on a constant basis. at one point, eccentric villainess Primat mentions how much she appreciates Hawkman's musky man-smell: ...a heady mix of anger and passion--. huh. well, okay.

    Trinity addresses the concept of arguably the three most famous superheroes of all time as archetypes for a trinity. I happen to really like Kurt Busiek's work on anything he has written to this point and that hasn't changed after reading Trinity.

    Trinity possessed everything I like in a graphic novel: fine artwork, a compulsive and adrenalin filled storyline and finally the characters that I love. As for what the storyline is: well it follows a mystic plot by three lesser known DC villains to assume the powers from Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman (the three most famous heroes I talked about earlier) and become Lord of the Universe. In typical DC fashion this story is delivered with a whole lot of fun, complexity and colour - but mostly fun.

    The whole idea of the three heroes each being part of a mystical trinity is interesting as I've always noted the differences and similarities in how the three heroes complement each other. You have Day and Night with Superman and Batman and then Wonder Woman exists as the balance between those two. You have man of the future, man of the present and woman of the ancient mythological world. As also mentioned in the comic you further have different forms of hope, truth and justice represented by the three characters - ideas which represent America, and they are heroes who fight for America traditionally, but also ideas which represent humanity.

    Either way if you want a comic featuring any of the three big DC heroes, particularly with a few screen adaptations of the heroes having been released and due for release in the next while, I recommend Busiek's work here. It is colourful, fun and wacky in several different ways.

    9781401222772 Yeah, this just isn't going to happen. Not enough story development in the part that I read, and not enough interest for me to soldier onward. I'd honestly rather attempt Countdown to Final Crisis again. Maybe DC just needs to step away from the 52 format (weekly issues with multiple storylines) for awhile. 9781401222772 I'd be hard pressed to characterize this as anything other than a colossal mess of a story that is long on promise, short on the goods. Who wouldn't love a tale of the symbolic significance of the titular trio being turned against them by their evil counterparts? And with magic and wacky pseudoscience to boot! Sounds awesome, right? Remaking the multiverse in the image of a corrupted superhero triumivirate? Sign me up! Too bad this mostly sucks. For one, volume one write large could easily be halved: there are way too many superfluous other characters and meaningless runnings-about that detract much from the ongoing story arc. For another, the characterization of the Trinity is incredibly poor and Bats, Supes, and WW are shallower than is needed. They all just kind of go through the motions and even when their personalities start to overlap, they remain largely bland and stupid. On top of it all, a good, basic storyline gets bogged down in insane amounts of complication and convolution so that by the end this reader hadn't a goddamn clue what was going on.
    High hopes dashed like so many Kryptonite enemas... 9781401222772

    DC's hit weekly series arrives in its first collected edition from writers Kurt Busiek (ASTRO CITY, JLA, Marvels) and Fabian Nicieza (X-Men, ROBIN) and a legion of artists including the sensational Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man)! Features TRINITY #1-17 as a devastating cosmic force targets Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman! Featuring stunning covers by Carlos Pacheco, Andy Kubert and Jim Lee and Scott Williams, this is the first of three volumes collecting the series. Trinity, Vol. 1 (Trinity, #1)

    I ordinarily enjoy Busiek's work, but I found this a little lacking. It may be because it is only the first third of the story, or because the comic was written in a weekly format, which kind of dragged out the plot. I'm going to read the next two to see where this goes before making a final judgement. 9781401222772 First things first...this gets 2.5 stars.

    Second things second...I wanted to like Trinity. I have a fondness for Kurt Busiek, whose run on the Avengers is my favorite for that title. KB doesn't play favorites and is good at showcasing his characters' strengths, giving them all something to do and making sure they all have a moment. This is very important in good team books (unless you stick your company's franchise characters on the team, in which case you can do pretty much whatever you want).

    So...I wanted to like Trinity. Unfortunately, I couldn't finish it. KB's weaknesses are on display, here: I kept on noticing his dialogue, which is sort of pokey. Also: tThe pacing was glacial, there were too many characters, and I had to stop reading before my head exploded. Great art, though; maybe someone with more patience with me will enjoy this.

    I'm not sure if we're meant to have 52 issue storyline. I think the DC title that came closest to succeeding is 52, which in my opinion is still the gold standard. 9781401222772 An interesting venture into mythbuilding focused on DC’s Big Three (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman) that can’t help but feel a little meta. Not in a negative way, though. The first of three collected books does a good job setting up the mystery at their core and ratcheting up the tension as it goes along, culminating with a rather explosive finale. The way there can feel a little needlessly long-winded and meandering, however.

    I also love Bagley’s overall style, even if all of his women kind of look the same. Very eager to see where this series goes. 9781401222772 I do not know how I feel about this, overall. I liked some of it; it was an interesting premise, I guess, to have DC’s “Big Three” tied together like they are in this series, to have the series focus specifically on them like it does. The artwork was very hit-and-miss for me (which makes sense, since there was an issue being released every week, so they would need to rotate the work among different artists in order to keep up). This first volume felt slow; the story felt dragged out and the narrative flow as choppy (they would leave parts of the story ‘out’ [so to speak] ). It was weird – it felt bloated at points and other points felt like there was not enough information given to the reader.

    The artwork really bothered me – it was distracting enough that it took away from the story for me. I think what bothered me the most was that it was so inconsistent (for each individual artist; I realize with three different artists at work, the artwork is going to be different from issue-to-issue. I just did not like how a specific artist’s work was not consistent between each issue on which he worked). I have liked Bagley’s work that he did for other books, other stories; this one, though, not so much, overall. I did like some of the stuff he did; I will not deny that. The work from the other artist(s) did nothing for me, at all.

    There was one really ‘bad’ moment in the story for me; it occurred towards the beginning.

    Now, I did enjoy the different ‘discussions’ about heroic archetypes and whatnot. The ‘fact’ it tended to involve tarot cards, not so much, but there were some interesting ‘moments’ in the book when the relationship between Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman were looked at from various perspectives. It was not something I had thought about, to be honest, when reading stories involving the three of them working together or in their own separate series. In any case, though, I did feel that Busiek made a pretty good case for the three of them being archetypes for the DC Universe, for DC’s ‘version’ of a “Prime Earth.”

    I know I said this already, but I have very mixed feelings about the start of this series, this volume 01. It has really good moments; it has really ‘bad’ moments. It has some great artwork and some really bad artwork. I will probably rate it three stars; I would say 2.6 – 2.8 rounded up to 3. It did not leave me with an overwhelming desire to read the next to volumes, but I will probably read them if only to see how things play out . Overall, I am glad that I read this volume, if only because I have been curious about reading it for a bit, now, but never took the time to read it. Now, I know what I was never missing by not reading it before now. Hopefully, the next two volumes will be better than this first one (but the tone it set is not promising, so we’ll see). 9781401222772 Peguei pra ler esse arco em 2009, na época até tinha achado ok, mas lendo 10 anos depois vi uma história fraca com pouca motivação e só frases de ação sem sentido 9781401222772

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