However, I am hearing a lot of people starting to go, “I’m not sure about Trinity.” I am hearing a lot of hemming and hawing. I am hearing a lot of people considering dropping it. Heck, I am considering dropping it. The question is why? Why can’t Trinity seem to keep me interested.
It is not the writing. Busiek is turning out a pretty good tale. I mean gone is the plodding slowness of both 52 and Countdown. In the first page of the first issue you have the big mystery introduced - this force in space. Yet, the characters are not dealing or searching or talking about said mystery. No, they are out fighting rampaging aliens. At the same time we see lurking villains starting to plot and scheme. There is a lot going on. It is solid comic storytelling, for the first half at least. This follow-up plot of Tarot and what not is only so-so. As my fellow Second Printer Devon said, “Who really cares about Gangbuster?”
It’s not the art. Bagley, for his first real foray out of Marvel, is doing a really good job. All his characters, especially his Superman, feel like how superheroes should feel on the page. It’s a pose or an expression or something but it really works. Backing him are personal favorites of mine Scott McDaniel and Mike Norton. Again, these guys are doing solid art. I mean, hell, they make Whiteout look almost menacing and he might have the stupidest character design out there.
So what is it? What is keeping the comic from really taking root in our heart as a must have title? It is because it is a weekly and it should not be. Say what you will about 52 and Countdown but their ultimate goal was to show or lead up to a change in the DCU as a whole. An in continuity, universe level threat or shift - that is weekly worthy. They stumbled along the way, but the original concept warranted fifty-two issues.
However, Trinity is exploring a theme and exploring it in a way that will not be affecting any other titles. It does not feel big enough, it doesn’t have the gravitas, to make me want to go out and get four or five issue each month. It would make a great maxi-series or a great essay or thesis just not a weekly. It is the same reason the weekly Superman failed and why weekly Spider-Man has been dragging. It is not just putting big names into a comic that earns it the right to be a weekly, it is the story itself.
Think about it this way. I like Kyle Orton, the third strong quarterback from the Bears. I like his Dave Grohl mustache, I like how he stepped up when Grossman and Griese faltered. He is certainly not A-list, superstar QB though. I like Trinity. I like its idea, how it is kicking off in a better way than 52 and Countdown. It is certainly not a weekly though.
How Do You Feel About It?