Last month DC launched Trinity of Sin, a title that brought together three of the biggest ancient mystics in the DC-verse, a union not seen since The Phantom Stranger #0, when Phantom Stranger, Pandora and Question were brought before the Council of Eternity to face judgement for their sins, the greatest in all of history. The first issue was a pretty good one and it set the stage for a really epic story that drew on some of the most weird supernatural elements of the DC-verse.
Trinity of Sin #2 picks up from where the first issue left off, and it continues the story of Nimraa and his three special servants as he seeks to bring back the great days of his race, of which he is the sole survivor following some dark calamity. As with the first issue, this one too has some really great moments and the action scenes are really good as well, drawing on the powers of all the different characters. The art has some missteps though, which felt really weird, since there are clear precedents and the changes just don’t make sense, but still it is pretty damn good
J. M. DeMatteis ended the first issue on a really good note, after forcing the Trinity of Sin to confront three horrors that they had never had crossed before. The Trinity managed to win against these horrors, each on their own, but it all turned out to be a smoke screen of sorts for Nimraa, the Servant of the Shadow, to bring them together at a time and place of his choosing so that he could ensure the revival of his destroyed race, and bring back their ancient glory.
That’s what DeMatteis focuses on in the new issue as Nimraa brings the Trinity to Dark Earth, a place long destroyed before Mankind ever existed, casting Nimraa and his destroyed race as ancient evils of the Lovecraftian sort. Nimraa or his servants aren’t as physically imposing however, though the master himself possesses a great many sorcerous abilities and on Dark Earth, he is the master of everything around him.
The first issue gave us a really good taste for each member of the Trinity of Sin, and DeMatteis builds on all of that so that we get to see more of them, whether as individuals or as a group. There’s also some really good bits involving the Question here and his antagonism towards both the Stranger and Pandora, for he holds himself separate from these two sinners, believing himself to have been wronged for crimes he did not commit. A tricky situation to be in since he has no memory or recollection of his crime or who he was, unlike the other two individuals.
At times, Trinity of Sin #2 is a really good story when it delves into the character relationships and shows how they all feel about each other. But when the issue starts to discuss the high points of morality and the nature of the universe, it kind of feels a bit hollow since Nimraa just goes on and on about it without a break, whether we talk about his thoughts or his dialogue. It is kind of… off-putting in a way. I wanted more straight talk out of all this.
Still, it isn’t all that dreary though, and I loved seeing how much of a jerk the Question still is. I’m really wanting to see why he is just a big jerk, since that has kind of been his shtick in the New 52, so hopefully this new series is going to explore that at some point, soon I hope. In the meantime, things don’t look so good for the Trinity!
Yvel Guichet is the artist on this one, with Jason Gorder on inks, Carlos M. Mangual on letters, Gabe Eltaeb on colours and Guillem March on the cover. Mostly, the artwork here is pretty good here, as it was on the first issue, but this time there were also a few things that I didn’t like. Such as Pandora’s “light-form” from when she channels the power of Light inside her and transforms into a sort of avenging angel. This was seen in her now-cancelled series during the Forever Evil: Blight storyline, and the thing is that her costume is completely different now. I don’t get the point of the change since there’s no context for it at all and the characters don’t make a reference to it either. Then, some of the panels were inconsistent with the characterwork within the confines of the issue, and that was a downer too.
Still, Trinity of Sin #2 tells a pretty great and grand story, and I’m still onboard for the next few issues.
More Trinity of Sin: #1.