Trinity Vol. 1 - Kurt Busiek, Mark Bagley, Art Thibert, Fabian Nicieza Three Things About Trinity

1) there is only one 52. i understand that success at a particular thing will often make a company want to do more of that particular thing. the weekly spectacular called 52 was a brilliant concept that was brilliantly enacted (well at least in those issues dominated by Grant Morrison, Mark Waid, and Greg Rucka; Geoff Johns: ugh, hack). but perhaps DC should have laid the 52-issue mini-series idea to rest after 52 because various follow-ups have been uninspiring. and long-winded. and often just plain tired. such is Trinity, or at least the first volume. it suffers from a grinding busyness: overstuffed, overblown, overbearing. it is all over the map and has a real whiff of desperation to it. not hot! and all the mystical tarot magical magick became wearying. as far as mysticism goes, this is definitely a far cry from Alan Moore's infinitely superior [b:Promethea|821800|Promethea Book 1|Alan Moore||3735636], despite the similar symbology. on the very, very small plus side, i did appreciate the use of the formerly (?) heroic Quizmaster Enigma, Counter-Earth's answer to The Riddler. pretty cool.

2) Kurt Busiek disappoints. i'm not used to being disappointed by Busiek because he's so often an innovative and brilliant writer. just as 52 cheekily tapped the cheeky talents of Waid & Morrison to cheekily reconstruct the entire multiverse, Trinity attempts to put Busiek's specific talents to work in re-imagining its trinity of Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman as universal super-archetypes. should have been a perfect fit: the three are already mythic icons and Busiek's stock-in-trade is the revisiting and deconstruction and often reconstruction of various comic-heroic archetypes. his series [b:Astro City|72111|Astro City Vol. 1 Life in the Big City|Kurt Busiek||97133] accomplishes that to expert and often moving effect. unfortunately his voice is quite lost in this mega-series. doltish dialogue. doltish villain Despero returns. even worse, page after page of doltish fight scenes involving doltish new character Konvikt (sweet Jesus, even that name is doltish). i understand what Busiek was trying to accomplish - he's revisiting the Golden Age through a modern lens. it worked a couple times but those sweet moments are lost in the flood of d'uhlt.

3) just as 52 elevated a lot of b-listers into characters of interest and worth (particularly The Question: Lady Edition), Trinity attempts the same with b-listers like Gangbuster and Enigma. the results are mainly lackluster. i was rather surprised at Trinity's elevation of continuity-cursed Hawkman. this is the perpetually reincarnated Carter Hall Hawkman but for some reason his passionately lovelorn and vaguely mystical personality is gone, replaced by the rough, tough, hairy-chested brutality of the Thanagarian policeman Katar Hal version of Hawkman. in Trinity, we witness (and also read various supporting characters regularly comment on) this typically dour Hawkman's tough love approach, his rough justice, his brutal relentlessness, etc, on a constant basis. at one point, eccentric villainess Primat mentions how much she appreciates Hawkman's musky man-smell: "...a heady mix of anger and passion--". huh. well, okay.

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a more sensitive Hawkman + hawkpackage:

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