BOOK REVIEW: TRINITY
Author: Bill Ramey
Friday, October 27, 2006
SYNOPSIS FROM DC COMICS:
To be frank, I’m not a big fan of stories that pair The Batman with other superheroes. I rarely read JUSTICE LEAGUE as a kid and the times I bought WORLD’S FINEST were few and far between. I also prefer that Robin, Nightwing, Batgirl and the like are not included in Batman stories -- even though I know they’re an important part of Bat-History. The bottom line is that when it comes to Batman stories, I dig the ones with The Batman and The Batman alone.
Except for Gordon and Alfred. You know what I'm mean, the whole sidekick/superhero team-up thing ain't my cup of tea.
So the other day, I take my oldest son to the comic book store. Since I was pretty much up to date on the various Bat-Monthlies that I read and review, I decided to browse their huge inventory of trade paperbacks and graphic novels. Now I have most of the classic Batman ones, but there was one specific book that I was interested in: TRINITY by Matt Wagner. Luckily, they had it, but it was the hardcover edition of the book which cost a bit more, but I bought it anyway.
Since my recent return to the Bat-comics, I’ve become a big fan of Matt Wagner’s Batman work -- I‘m of the opinion that dude gets the character. I absolutely loved BATMAN AND THE MONSTER MEN and I’m enjoying the heck out of the currently running, six-issue BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK miniseries [It’s actually the sequel to MONSTER MEN -- Jett]. So when I discovered that TRINITY was the work of Mr. Wagner, I planned to checking it out -- even though it's not a "Solo Batman" book.
TRINITY tells the story of the first meeting between the three DC Comics icons: Superman, Wonder Women, and of course, The Batman. Of course The Man of Steel and The Dark Knight already know each other, so it would be more accurate to say it’s the first team up between the three.
In a nutshell, Bat-villain Ra’s Al Ghul is up to his old tricks (you know, destroying the world and remaking it in his image) and has hijacked several nuclear missiles to carry out his plan. He has brought in Superman-baddie Bizzaro (imprisoned in Antarctica incased in ice) to help out with the heavy work, so to speak. To make matters worse (and to give a reason for the inclusion of Wonder Woman), a rogue Amazon (Artemis) has joined up with Ra’s’ terrorist group -- “The Purge.”
Now to be honest, the plot is just a tad cliché and predictable, but enjoyable nonetheless. That’s not what is important about TRINITY. What is important -- and what I loved about the story -- was how good a job Wagner did in depicting DC’s “Big 3” individually, and in their relationships with one another.
There’s some great stuff here that I felt thoroughly got to the heart of the characters. For example, Clark Kent intentionally missing his train three a week for “appearances.” And The Batman, after checking out WW’s invisible jet, wants one for himself -- bad.
My favorite part is a response by Superman to Wonder Woman when she asks why he let’s Bats get away with his, well, unique crime fighting methods. “I've seen him throw himself in harm's way time and time again, all to rescue the lives of innocents. And remember, he's got no extraphysical prowess like you and I. I can't find it in myself to deny the exercise of such bravery, even if I don't always agree with his style. In fact, I often wonder, if I were an ordinary man, would I show the same valor.”
Perhaps because I’m a Batman fan first and foremost, TRINITY -- for me -- comes across as a Batman story guest-starring Superman and Wonder Woman. And as someone who prefers those solo Batman stories, I wasn’t bothered in the least that Superman and Wonder Woman took part in this story. And that, in my case, is quite an admission.
If you are a fan of any three of these characters, or the DC Universe in general, do your self a favor and add TRINITY to your personal library.
Bill Ramey, AKA "Jett," is the founder and editor in chief of