Review: Trinity #10

Kyle King Kyle King
June 25th, 2017

T. Kyle King is a lawyer, a former sports blogger, a panelist on the "Twin Peaks"-centric "Wrapped in Podcast", and a Superman guy.

Review: Trinity #10

Trinity #10 continued Batman’s, Superman’s, and Wonder Woman’s odyssey through the disabled and infected Justice League Watchtower in Dead Space — Part 2. The multitalented Francis Manapul provided the story, art, colors, and cover of the latest issue, which ComiConverse writer T. Kyle King is here to review.

Trinity #10 Review:

Cyborg is dying. The Watchtower’s orbit is decaying. Aquaman and the Green Lanterns are infected with an alien virus. Batman and the Flash are trying to reach the escape pods. Superman and Wonder Woman greet the dire warnings of an alien invader with skepticism. Can the trio of heroes save the day in time?

Trinity #10 Synopsis:

Batman and the Flash attempt to incapacitate the infected Aquaman so they can get Cyborg to an escape pod before his power supply is entirely exhausted. The otherworldly sentinel whose planet was overrun by the virus implores Superman and Wonder Woman to help him destroy the Watchtower.

The Flash vibrates Batman and Cyborg to the next level, leaving just one bulkhead separating them from the escape pods. When the Darknight Detective attempts to blast through the floor with explosives, though, tentacles reach up to snag the Justice Leaguers. Superman attempts to right the plummeting satellite from outside, only to have the infected Green Lanterns appear. Ignoring the imploring alien’s exhortations, Wonder Woman uncovers the truth… but is she too late to be aided by her newfound awareness?

Trinity #10 Analysis:

As the author of Dead Space — Part 2 and the penciller, inker, and colorist for both the cover and the interior artwork, Manapul almost singlehandedly is able to shape the feel and flow of the tale. This gives him the ability — for instance — to paint upon the dark and monochromatic canvas of space with a luminous and multicolored palette. It also permits the creator to offset the calm and confident opening narration of Wonder Woman (lettered by Steve Wands) with chaotic layouts and overlapping action. Although issues like Trinity #10 carry the risk of overworking an individual contributor, Manapul’s singular vision comes through clearly, leaving nothing to be lost in translation.

The result in this case is a comic filled with energy and personality. The action in Dead Space — Part 2 is very nearly constant, even during the alien interloper’s brief yet evocative exposition. The titular trio shared the descriptive duties, affording each hero a voice, and the Flash likewise was given his own moment to shine when comparing and contrasting Barry Allen’s and Bruce Wayne’s respective detective methods. In a frantic and kinetic double-page spread, Batman faces dire danger with a wry: “Tentacles. I hate tentacles.Trinity #10 does a consistently effective job of using humor and heart to leaven the harrowing and horrifying, building balance by blending elements.

The singleminded intruder serving as a resolute advocate for annihilation as the sole alternative is so unalterably one-note that he sometimes comes across as a tad too on the nose. Science fiction and superhero comics both have long histories of being employed as allegories, but such parables are most effective when the symbolism is less overt. Dead Space — Part 2 begins to tip too far toward literalism in conveying its lesson near the end, where teaching threatens to become preaching when the alien admonishes Diana: “What they are does not matter. They were destroying our way of life! Hundreds turned into thousands! They reproduced so quickly, all we could do was contain them.” The previously understated fable about immigration contained in the pages of Trinity #10 then became in peril of being a little too in your face.

Fortunately, this somewhat clunky dialogue coming from a supposedly emotionless character who serves primarily as a useful story conceit comes in the midst of Wonder Woman’s realization, then is followed immediately by a page-turn reveal of the story’s cliffhanger ending. This combination of dramatic discovery and fresh jeopardy prevents the momentary misstep from derailing Dead Space — Part 2, instead helping to set the stage for the ensuing issue as the circumstances suddenly worsen. On the whole, Trinity #10 maintained the tension, kept the plot advancing, and let the central characters be themselves, with the overall outcome that the story generally worked.

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