Trinity #20

TRINITY #20 by James Robinson, Jack Herbert, Tyler Kirkham, and Gabe Eltaeb begins a new storyline “The Search for Steve Trevor.” To begin, the story has our heroes — Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman — across the globe at different locations looking for clues to find their friend after his mysterious disappearance. Indeed, it is a beautiful issue full of action. This is an adventure in the vein of the Justice League cartoon.

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TRINITY #20 page 1. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

M.I.A. in TRINITY #20

TRINITY #20 starts with Steve Trevor going missing after tracking a long lost villain. Steve’s disappearing and the Trinity needing to find him is a wise move by writer James Robinson. The Trinity each have a unique connection with Steve Trevor, with Diana having the strongest relationship. It’s a nice flip on the old heroine-in-distress formula, with a man needing to be saved.

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TRINITY #20 page 2. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Surprise Villains

The person Steve is tracking turns out to be Deimos. For those of you not aware, Deimos is a villain who has strong ties with Skartaris. It is a location that’s a combination of the Land that Time Forgot and a fantasy setting. We don’t get to Skartaris this issue, but with Deimos’s appearance and the cover of the comic, I would imagine we will be there soon. I’m looking forward to these missing characters and location.

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Splitting Up

The bulk of the issue has our heroes picking up on Steve’s trail. A moment later, they are attacked in three different locations — Dallas, The Sahara, and outer space. This is where the book really shines. The three different battles are all just a little bit over the top without becoming cringe worthy. Something akin to what you might find in a Doc Savage book.

There is a sly sense of humor to this as well, as Superman states he is a fighting space wasps in a very matter-of-fact kind of way. That kind of ridiculousness continues as Batman ends up battling metal gorillas, and Diana fights a large metal version of Anubis or some other type of Egyptian deity. Thus, the dialog keeps the characters grounded. Furthermore, Diana’s urgency really comes to the forefront as she is looking for her lost lover.

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TRINITY #20 page 3. Image courtesy of DC Entertainment.

This action sequence reminds me of the Justice League cartoon I used to watch growing up. Spectacular battles and just a little humor to remind the spectator not to take too much of this seriously. Lastly, I wish there is some explanation as to how Batman figured out where each hero needed to go considering the locations could not have been the same ones Steve Trevor went after. Ultimately this isn’t the kind of book that’s asking you to really think about the plot or motivations. Indeed, it’s just the start of a rollercoaster, turn off your brain and enjoy the ride.

Art in TRINITY #20

The art team of Jack Herbert, Tyler Kirkham, and Gabe Eltaeb do a fantastic job here. The first scene of Steve Trevor turning around reminds me of the pulp comics of the 50’s with his expression of shock and awe. Another panel is the first featuring Wonder Woman. She’s drawn with just a hint of masculinity and muscular structure that an Amazon should portray.

In fact, it’s one of the better drawings of Diana I’ve seen in some time. Also, they do a wonderful job with the various monsters and enemies that attack our heroes. The tall mechanical Anubis creature is pretty interesting. I also want to point out that Gabe Eltaeb’s coloring as each location is filled with either night, daylight, or space, and he does a great job keeping each location distinct.

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When It’s All Said and Done

To conclude TRINITY #20 is the beginning of a fun adventure with an interesting villain. It might not be the most intelligent book on the shelves but it’s a lot of fun. The art is fantastic and really shows a lot of depth when it comes to our heroes. Considering the villain of the piece I’m looking forward to seeing where this story goes from here.

TRINITY #20 by James Robinson, Jack Herbert, Tyler Kirkham, and Gabe Eltaeb
TRINITY #20 by James Robinson, Jack Herbert, Tyler Kirkham, and Gabe Eltaeb beings the hunt for Steve Trevor. The issue finds our heroes across the globe in different countries, and outer space, facing science fiction threats.
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A Fun Adventure

One Comment

  1. Janice Urke

    March 29, 2018 at 11:18 am

    Sean Urke is amazing…even though he is my son. He grew up quizzing me about comic book characters and I love revisiting them again.


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