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"Originally published in single magazine form in Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity #1-3"--T.p. verso..Billionaire eco-terrorist's Ra's al Ghul is on a mad quest to remake the world in his own image. With the juggernaut clone of Superman known as Bizarro and a deadly rogue Amazon by his side, this troika of terror casts an ominous shadow over the very future of mankind!"Originally published in single magazine form in Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity #1-3"--T.p. verso..Billionaire eco-terrorist's Ra's al Ghul is on a mad quest to remake the world in his own image. With the juggernaut clone of Superman known as Bizarro and a deadly rogue Amazon by his side, this troika of terror casts an ominous shadow over the very future of mankind!Witness the birth of a legendary alliance, as Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman join forces to defend Earth against an apocalyptic fate!...

Title : Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity
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Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity Reviews

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-11-14 08:50

    Ra’s Al-Ghul executes his latest dastardly plan of undoing human civilisation and the damage it’s wrought on the planet by wiping it out because Greenpeace aren’t hardcore enough! He defrosts Bizarro, who’s frozen in an iceberg for some reason, and then it’s up to Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman to stop him. This is also the story of Superman and Batman’s first meeting with Wonder Woman.The book starts well with Clark going about his routine of pretending to be clumsy and ditzy to throw off any suspicions that he’s Superman, and I loved that because Matt Wagner gets Superman’s character perfectly in this book. Throughout the story Superman is noble, kind, tolerant, smart, and NOT the goody boy scout he’s often portrayed as. Unfortunately, Superman’s the only character Wagner gets right.Batman is written as a belligerent thug with a hair-trigger temper, ready to throw a punch at Wonder Woman as he would any of Ra’s goons – which isn’t Batman’s character. Wagner’s Batman is so angry he’s almost as bad as Frank Miller’s Goddamn Batman, except he doesn’t torture Robin in this book.Wonder Woman on the other hand is, very broadly, supposed to be the female Superman but here she’s written as frequently hysterical, often self-doubting, quite dim and pretty bad in a fight – also not Wonder Woman’s character. And Ra’s Al-Ghul is so cartoonishly awful here that it’s amazing anyone takes his global threats seriously – he’s about as dangerous as a pie in the face.Wagner introduces a new character called Artemis, who’s a teen Amazon from a group who’ve chosen not to live in Themyscira and live in Egypt instead. Her character is so baffling, I have no idea what role she was supposed to play – maybe because Wonder Woman was introduced so late and Artemis so early, she was a red herring and we were supposed to think this punky, hot pink pig tails chick was Wagner’s Wonder Woman? Either way, her motivations are completely unknown, surprisingly even to her, which she realises in the final battle! In a book of bad characterisations, hers was easily the worst.There are a lot of action scenes like Wonder Woman and Batman battling Bizarro and Superman diverting nukes into space and so on, but it’s still a really unexciting read. I never followed Ra’s weird, constantly morphing plan – we’re going to attack the planet! Now we’re going to attack space or something! Now we’re going to attack Themyscira! – or believed that any of the heroes were in any real danger.Also, because Wagner can’t make each of the characters’ voices distinct, he (or the letterer) really needed to establish who was speaking in the captions either with a symbol or different colour. All of the boxes are more or the less the same colour and it’s hard to tell when Superman’s talking or Batman or Wonder Woman or Ra’s, etc. DC have solved this problem in recent years by placing the character’s symbol in the top left corner of the caption box but that was after this book was published, so it’s difficult to differentiate when reading.It’d be great to read an awesome Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman story where they save the world but Trinity isn’t that book. They needed a better villain and Wagner’s characterisations were a disservice to these icons.And what the hell was up with giving Wonder Woman boxer shorts – just give her trousers already!!

  • StoryTellerShannon
    2018-11-20 03:43

    An introduction to the Big Three in the early years with some nice perspectives you rarely see in the superhero comics.The artwork is above average to good. OVERALL GRADE: B.

  • Anne
    2018-11-21 08:46

    Meh. The story wasn't bad, but the artwork was fugly. Also, Wonder Woman's weird shorts looked ridiculous.

  • Garrett
    2018-11-20 10:38

    I've never really liked any of Matt Wagner's stuff and this was no exception. It was boring, simplistic, and I felt some of the characterization was off especially with Batman. The ending was so simplistic and anticlimactic and that really disappointed me. It's not really an essential read either because apparently in this book, it's not the first time Batman has met Superman, although it is the first time they meet Wonder Woman.

  • Donovan
    2018-11-04 05:38

    Boring and rough artwork. Big pass.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-15 11:28

    What's interesting about this book is Wagner's examination of environment and how it defines and drives its heroes. Batman breaks a dude's jaw because Gotham is a hard place, and when someone invades his turf, it is his responsibility to make sure the darkness doesn't swallow someone into the shadows before he can question them. Wonder Woman acts swiftly and silently because she lives in Paradise and has no reason to be underestimated or expect pain, though all the men around her do underestimate her (except for a certain Kryptonian). Superman misses a train a couple of times a week, so that his cover as Clark Kent won't be blown in the bright light of Metropolis' burning daytimes.What unites these three is a strong sense of where they're from. As much praise as I've heard about this book because of its stellar character moments (there are many, my favorite being Batman's first sight of Wonder Woman's invisible jet and thinking, simply, that he wants one), I appreciate more the thematic link between place and the hero's defending their chosen place. It is in such connections, defined early on by Wagner, that we see how place influences decisions, and actually gets the better of characters at times (I leave it to you to discover what Batman does on Paradise Island). Some choices are surprising and delightful. It is these moments that make Trinity worthwhile reading. The plot is fairly standard fare, even as it is a pretty entertaining meeting story. But the thematic connections continually surprise and deepen our understanding of these three icons.

  • Kevin Fanning
    2018-11-12 09:30

    I liked it. A lot of people are bothered by the ret-con-iness of it, but who cares, it's a good story. Some minor quibbles:* Wonder Woman's hot pants are ridiculous. It's too bad her costume works so hard to undermine her coolness. Esp. since the other Amazonian is dressed like a kick-ass rock star.* The rapidly switching omniscient POV was hard to track at times. It switches between Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and a narrator, often on the same page, often when more than one of those characters is in that panel. Surely there was some better way to convey that information, or at least signify whose head we were in.But, what else. I guess that's it. This is one of the first times I actually enjoyed the character of Superman. He's so eye-rolly towards Batman. Awesome. That I could use a lot more it.

  • Logan
    2018-11-14 04:50

    Good! So finally got to read this one as part of the DC Comics Graphic Novel collection, which is nice because this one has been on my radar for a while. So the story is Ra's Al Ghul has gotten his hands on some missiles, that he's gonna use to take over the world etc... (standard James Bond plot), he also enlists the help of Artemis(Wonder Woman villain) and Bizzaro Superman, which of course gets Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman's attention. Overall its pretty standard super hero stuff, nothing really new or mind blowing plot wise. I have two major criticisms: 1, Bizzaro and Artemis for the most part don't do anything really, there more background muscle then anything else, Ra's is the main threat really, which was a bit disappointing; I was hoping they would swap those two out for Lex and Cheetah so we could get some equal villainy. The other is mainly with the thought boxes in the panels? In modern comics they usually colour code the boxes so you know who's inner monologue your reading (e.g. Black for batman, blue for superman etc...), aside from colouring the first letter in the paragraph, I could hardly tell who's monologue I was reading at any given time; plus it would switch from character monologues, to old comic book narration, so I would skip those boxes and just read the main dialogue mostly. The art is a bit of a mixed bag for some, I can see why. I feel Matt Wagner's art is a more clean, simplistic version of Frank Miller's art, which I mostly like. Wagner definitely knows how to draw and write Batman, with some epic panels! WW and Supes have a few good panels, but mostly they look pretty muddy and not really that detailed. Overall though, I found this to be an okay read, its nice to have, but its not really essential for hardcore fans or newcomers really.

  • Nerdish Mum
    2018-11-05 11:35

    As a long time fan of DC and reader of many comics, this is an obvious ret-con of the meeting of the big three. This would be great for a first time reader or a new to the universe reader. Saying it is a ret-con however doesn't mean its a bad thing as this version is done very well. I enjoyed the natural responses from all of them as they meet each other and get to know how the others work. I enjoyed the relationship between Batman and Superman and in this story Superman doesn't come across quite as goody two shoes as usual which was really nice. I enjoyed the story and it was good to see other people dealing with Ra's Al Ghul instead of just Batman as considering he is the head of the league of assasins he is a pretty big deal. In this though he seems to have been made a little....dumber... for wont of a better word. I'm not sure what it is but he just doesn't seem as badass as usual. I thought Bizarro was good in this and it was good to see his "vulnerable" side as he just wanted a friend, him calling Ra's Al Ghul, Racer Cool was pretty funny too. The art, hmmm I really couldn't make my mind up on it, at times I thought it looked good, other times not so much. Also the weird kind of arrow shapes to show Superman flying etc seemed more like they were done as a crude sketch and someone forgot to switch them out with the finished product. Some ups and some downs but overall I really enjoyed this mini arc.

  • Albert
    2018-11-08 08:41

    Trinity by Matt Wagner is one of the Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman team-ups that should have been taken to the big screen. It tells the story of the first collaboration between the trio that make up the core of the Justice League. While Batman and Superman are allies already at this point, it is the first time they meet and work alongside Wonder Woman."...I will always remember my first sight of her. Lois, you're the most compelling woman I've met. But the most magnificent..."Ra's al Ghul is once again waging war on the cities of the world and has created a global terrorist organization he has called the Purge. To help him with his plan to dominate, he has released and befriended the Superman clone; Bizarro. Furthermore, a new young recruit to his organization with exceptional fighting skills, a young girl with a hidden past.Batman thwarts a robbery in Metropolis and comes upon some intriguing clues."...(Bruce): Clark, they were after the kryptonite. I found this on one of their members. Something tells me it's stolen. (Clark): This is a Lexcorp project's security disc. Which means they're also planning to steal something from Luthor. That could get ugly. (Bruce): At the very least. (Clark): As I'm sure you know, Luthor's got his hooks in all manner of advanced military technology. If this Purge gets access to some of that stuff, it could spell bad news indeed. Thanks Bruce. I appreciate all you've done. I'll let you know whatever I discover. But I can take care of myself, you know, even against kryptonite. (Bruce): Only making sure. And you were out of town, yes? (Clark): Just a bit of a vacation. (Clark thinking to himself): I know what he's thinking. Crime never takes a vacation. But there're no beautiful sunsets way down in that cave, Bruce..."Ra's al Ghul's plan is darker that either hero is aware of as he has Bizarro capture a nuclear submarine and take the sub and its missiles. In the act, one of the missiles falls and explodes near a hidden island known to few as the island of Themyscira, home to the legendary Amazons. they suspect Superman of the act and send Dianna, Wonder Woman to confront him. She learns that it was in fact Bizarro and when they conclude that it was the super clone in the employ of Ra's al Ghul, they go to Gotham to include Batman into what is happening. Though upon first impression, Wonder Woman is offended by Batman's methods, she agrees to work with him. As Batman and Superman chase down the missiles Wonder Woman infiltrates Ra's lair where she is subdued by Bizarro and given a vicious beating. when she comes to, she is chained and bleeding. Ra's gloats over her and tells her he plans to drop her into the Lazarus Pit to heal her wounds, but also because when she comes out of the Pit, she will be susceptible to suggestions. He plans to rape her and use her to his own desires.With the help of Batman she escapes but falls into the Pit to heal herself. The Lazarus Pit maddens Wonder Woman but she realizes she must go back to Themyscira to heal. While she is healing, Batman and Superman come to the realization that Ra's has changed his plan and instead plans to invade Themyscira. He plans to use the Amazons as breeding stock to create his new army.There are several things about this book that makes it one of the better Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman stories to be found. It is prior to the Justice League formation and is the first time that Wonder Woman meets the superheroes. Like the current run of Batman/Superman, the story is told in large part through the thoughts of the trio, their observations of their new friends. Ra's is beyond evil here and there is no nobility to his cause. His attempt to rape Wonder Woman for his own conquest, using the Lazarus Pit essentially as a date rape drug and subsequent plan to enslave the entire population of Amazonians to breed him his army is one of the most despicable moments in comic book history. Matt Wagner handles all of this with style and craft. He never dumbs down his story and in fact elevates it, creating in Ra's a megalomaniac of epic proportions. I also love the use of Bizarro here, a nemisis that has become something of a clown of late in the Superman stories. Here he is a lonely and desperate for affection that he would do anything to please his new friend in Ra's. The beating of Wonder Woman is something out of a Berserker rage by Wolverine. The uneasy alliance formed by the trio becomes a friendship and trust that in the beginning was hard to see happening. It is this relationship that becomes the core of the Justice League one day. The final battle on the shores and seas of Themyscira where the three face off against Ra's, Bizarro and the Purge is wonderfully written and the entire book, with its throwback artwork, is sure to be one of the most compelling reads for any fan of the DC Universe.

  • Ken Moten
    2018-10-28 08:36

    It has taken me awhile to read this graphic novel, but I have. It is a decent What if story about DC Comics' big three's first meeting and it is a very interesting tale though, not amazingly so. While the story was impressive the artwork did not really hit with me. I started this book when I first got into comics, but I sort-of forgot about it until a few weeks ago when I finally decided to finish it up. I am not going to read it again, but it is not a bad read.

  • Aran Chandran
    2018-11-17 10:53

    Utterly boring

  • Kuroi
    2018-11-02 05:35

    It was an interesting take on the meeting of the Big Three.As always, the prize goes to Batman for most interesting character. What is with that pink hair though?

  • John Yelverton
    2018-10-28 06:52

    I liked the story, but I really wish that the art work had been better.

  • Jedhua
    2018-11-10 09:29

    Other Useful Reviews: Chris's reviewBook Info: This collection contains Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman: Trinity issue #1-3.ABSOLUTE RATING: {3/5 stars}STANDARDIZED RATING: <3/5 stars>Through a carefully orchestrated series of crimes, self-proclaimed eco-terrorist Ra's al Ghul has set out to save the planet by eradicating the ecological cancer that is humanity. To accomplish this end, Ra's makes allies of Bizarro and a young Amazonian detractor, who both work together with his army of trained zealots. Shortly after his activities pop up on Batman and Superman's radar, Bizarro's accidental detonation of a Russian warhead near Paradise Island puts Wonder Woman on his tail as well. Despite poor chemistry among the three heroes, a common enemy in Ra's forces them to band together toward the villain's apprehension. But will Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman manage to put aside their differences long enough to find Ra's and put an end to his nefarious plot before it's too late?In my opinion, the first two-thirds of issue one promised a better story than the one I ultimately got by the end of the book. It starts in Metropolis with Superman fighting to avert the deaths of passengers aboard an out-of-control commuter train. After one of Ra's snipers shoots the train operator from afar, the accelerating vehicle derails from it's elevated railway after reaching a sharp turn, and Superman is just barely able to catch it before its impact with the crowded street below. Besides being a fairly exciting opening sequence, it also manages to establish Ra's as a formidable antagonist whose agents are able to trigger such coordinated acts of chaos before disappearing without a trace. And when Superman catches the train, he actually seems to strain a little! While that might seem like a small detail to many readers, it was very encouraging for me, since it established an uncommonly reasonable cap to Superman's immense abilities, and one which was adhered to for the duration of the book. Similarly, it was nice to see Batman seek out Superman's help in decrypting the codes on a confiscated security disk: it looked like Wagner was trying to show us a different side of Batman – something other than the all-seeing, all-knowing superbrain – and instead wanted to focus on his resourcefulness and detective ability. So as early as the first third of chapter one, I felt as if I knew both characters pretty well, and they'd already developed a somewhat entertaining chemistry together.[Unlike so many Batman/Superman team-ups I've seen, this one felt very well-done. While I've never thought much of Superman's boundless generosity and optimism, I do like how it plays against Batman's cynicism and pride. But often, when these dudes get together, writers tend to wussify Bats in attempt to get him to meet Superman halfway. DC hasn't seemed to learn that Batman works best with a minimum of emotional vulnerability – at least when presented in a traditional fashion – but Wagner clearly gets that just fine. To him, it's more of a professional friendship between the two, which is exactly how I would have written it to sidestep the usual sappiness.]But after this, we gradually shift into a kind of Lego-type characterization, where the Superman/Batman dynamic becomes reduced to things like the former pretending not to notice the latter's transparent attempts to avoid being outshined by the magnificent Superman and Wonder Woman. But being the "Lego-type characterization" that it is, it does maintain a level of cuteness and charm, even if it's not all that deep or particularly humorous. And as for Wonder Woman, I'd say she's probably the weakest character of the three. Aside from her combat prowess – which becomes somewhat redundant/ordinary viewed alongside Batman's – or the mildly exotic Greek mystique she carries into her narration, she's basically just a gentle sexist who's there to occasionally pick away at Batman's masculine composure. And Wagner focuses far too closely on her physical attractiveness instead of her mental qualities. Also, the feminist overtones she brings to the book (i.e. disparaging rape culture and benign chauvinism) aren't really enough to compensate for this shallow treatment. So although the characters don't develop as much as Wagner promises in the first issue, they're sporadically amusing together, and they just barely escape coming off as underwritten.[If you really think about it, Batman's mistrust and envy of his super-powered companions makes perfect sense. There's no reason I can see that he shouldn't have to fight with every fiber of his being not to be outdone, and that's a very refreshing insight Wagner brings to the table. He does also have a reputation to protect, after all. But though this might make Batman the most intriguing of the three, Wagner leaves his promising character framework largely untapped, and these showy stunts end up saying a whole lot more about Batman than they say about either of the other two – making him slightly more of a showstopper than Wagner probably intended, at least relative to Superman and Wonder Woman.][Having grown up on an all-female island, it's understandable that Wonder Woman first enters "the world of man" with a very naive grasp on traditional male psychology. In the beginning, she often thinks things like "men are so obvious." Fortunately, it's more adorable than it is tedious, and Diana surprisingly grew on me after a while. And as she gets to know Batman and Superman more as the story goes on, she ends up thinking to herself that "men are... more complicated then [she] thought." Although that's the extent of her character development, I guess it's good that neither of the other two heroes do much better on that particular count at least. But while she's undoubtedly an invaluable addition to the team, I just with Wagner could've found a way to give her more dramatic depth independent of her relationships with Batman and Superman.]And as for the villains, the writing isn't really any stronger. Bizarro is essentially a callow Frankenstein-esque Superman copycat who speaks with the vocabulary of a three year old. On paper, he's gotta be the least appealing character in the entire book, but there is something kinda tragic about his gullibility and emotional fragility. In many ways, I guess he reminds me of a newborn bulldog: crude and homely in demeanor, but still somehow strangely disarming. Next up, we've got the mysterious Amazonian girl who joins up with Ra's. One can think of her simply as a rebellious teenager with a smart mouth. I got the impression that Wagner intended readers to be wondering about the circumstances of her exile, or how Wonder Woman could have been involved, but we were given very little reason to care. Admittedly, she does get two pretty cool fight scenes with Batman in the second issue though. Last but not least, there's Ra's al Ghul – an immortal megalomaniac with a devoted following. Trust me when I say that this is a character archetype you've met several times before. Besides his slightly above-average cunning, he's nothing special. But, as shown below, his interplay with the other two main villains proves mutually beneficial to the characterization of all three:[Through his interaction with his Amazonian ward, Ra's gets the opportunity to distinguish himself from your garden-variety world conqueror in at least two important ways: firstly, he begins to win the girl over with what appear to be laudable aims to preserve the ecosystem, which grant him a modest sympathetic nudge closer to Magneto than Hitler in terms of characterization. Secondly, his almost father-like treatment of the girl betray a gentleness (or vulnerability) that is uncommon among most characters of his type. I mean, sure, there's no good reason to think he's not being manipulative to some extent (like with Bizarro), but it seemed like he acted a little too encouraging and a little too comfortable putting up with her constant sass. Oddly, for all his reprehensible qualities, Ra's al Ghul isn't without his charm, which helps to explain why the Amazon is sticking around with him.][But just in case you were starting to think Ra's too tender for a mass-murderer, just remember how callously he handles Bizarro. It's the kind of cruel psychological abuse of a parent having their child compete for their affection, which the child is only too happy to do because they've got no one else. As sad as this was, it could potentially have been heartbreaking if only Bizarro wasn't intrinsically such a shallow brute.]Part of what makes the final two issues just a bit less entertaining than the first is Wagner's writing style. It's by no means bad, but, on occasion, it does have a certain simplistic, unadorned character to it that begins to hurt the narrative, starting in issue #2. When I noticed how the dialogue exchanges had lengthened, and how more time was being directed toward fleshing-out the characters and their interrelationships, I felt that something important had been lost since the relatively fast-paced and narration-driven first chapter. Because Wagner's oft-basic writing wasn't entirely up to the task of bringing about much further characterization in the time available to him, many of these efforts just led to scenes that felt dragged on, or ended up killing some of the narrative momentum. Luckily, this increase in padding is small, and doesn't result in a quality drop-off that's all that pronounced.Overall, Trinity's artwork is very strong (especially for the issue covers), and Wagner's technique resembles a mix of the styles of Darwyn Cooke, Mike Mignola, and Frank Miller. The only thing I'd say he could have worked a little harder on was making some of his facial expressions more consistent – especially for Superman and Wonder Woman – but that's minor in the scheme of things, especially with the talented Dave Stewart doing the colors. And when it came to the action, Wagner delivers the goods. Each fight sequence is detailed and nicely choreographed, which I guess is one of the main benefits of being both the writer and artist of a comic book: being the writer means that he has the vision of what he wants rendered on the page, and being the artist means that he's the one best suited to render it to a large extent. I think it's also worth mentioning that Trinity featured perhaps the most convincing JLA team-up involving Batman I've ever seen. Normally, he would strike me as laughably outclassed by titans like Superman and Wonder Woman, but not only are their powers substantially dialed down for this production, but Batman's preparedness and quick thinking were meticulously utilized to make him a formidable threat. And Wagner makes sure to keep Bats closer to the street-level obstacles than the other two heroes, and isn't afraid to have him get his ass handed to him when trying to tussle with big guns like Bizarro.Comfortably sitting at a solid 3 stars, Trinity turned out to be among the best JLA books I've ever come across, and it had some excellent illustrations. But what could have been a 3.5- to 4-star book was ultimately did in by intermittently unengaging storytelling, and a cast of characters that, although adequately-written, weren't deep enough to keep me fully satisfied. And the final confrontation in the last 20 pages of the book – which is discussed at length in the postscript – made a few minor missteps which carelessly undid some of Wagner's otherwise respectable work. At the end of the day, however, this book was good enough that I'm interested in checking out stuff like Batman and the Monster Men and The Tower Chronicles to see if the writer can achieve more of his latent potential.Postscript:Let me just quickly take this opportunity to talk about the problems I had with the book's finale. (view spoiler)[To start, there was the stupidity of Ra's plan. Up until that point, Ra's seemed to have things very well thought-out, but then just lost his marbles and gambles everything away at the last minute. After having lost four of the six nuclear missiles he started out with, Ra's decides to take the remaining two to Themyscira, intending to conquer the island, and then claim it as his new base of operations – one he hoped would keep him hidden from the heroic trinity. The first problem with this plan was that Wonder Woman being a Themyscira native meant that she could easily lead her two companions to the island. And while he never explicitly acknowledged Diana's heritage, he should have been able to surmise it just as easily as Batman surmised the teen Amazon's: if Ra's already knew the girl was from Themyscira, then it shouldn't have been difficult to suspect that was where Wonder Woman was from as well, given the fact that they both proudly wore an eagle crest with stars. The second problem is that once the trinity joined the battle, the tide would inevitably turn in their favor. If what Ra's saw of his young ward's extensive training was any indication of the kind of resistance he'd encounter, then it would be difficult enough worrying about the Amazonians alone – even with the help of a large fleet of attack helicopters. That said, the addition of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman as adversaries means that he'd then be outgunned in terms of superpowered individuals: against his single Bizarro, the good guys have both Superman and Wonder Woman on their side.Tactical foibles aside, there was another mistake Wagner made due to the unbalanced nature of the match-up between both sides. While Ra's soldiers fought the Amazonian fighters, Bizarro took on Superman and Batman faced the teen warrior, leaving Ra's to somehow deal with Wonder Woman. The first two pairings make perfect sense, so I'm only going to discuss the third. Now don't get me wrong: Ra's is a guy who can really throw down if push comes to shove, but it's important to remember that he's got no powers. For this reason, it made absolutely no sense that the battle seemed as close as it did, and Ra's should not have been able to cut Wonder Woman's hand with his sword. Think about it: this is a chick who stunned Bizarro – who is presumably Superman's equal in strength – with an uppercut to the chin, and was able to get up and walk away after being beaten by the beast. Clearly, Diana isn't made of the same fragile human stuff that can be injured by a fucking scimitar! Poor Ra's never stood a chance in hell.Finally, there was a really dumb moment with the Ra's Amazonian partner that just made no sense whatsoever. Or maybe it does make sense, if you consider a 14-year-old girl to be like an 8-year-old girl with an advanced vocabulary. No matter how you look at it, what I'm about to describe is a clear case of bad writing. Basically, what happens here is that this girl, having willfully lead Ra's to Themyscira's hidden location, suddenly changes her mind about wanting to participate in this betrayal. This childish flip-flop causes her to commandeer one of Ra's helicopters, and fire misses to destroy the other ones. Wagner doesn't build up to this change of heart at all, and instead gives us reason to expect that such an event would be extraordinarily unlikely: since the beginning, Ra's treated the girl quite well, and she appeared to become increasingly invested in helping to realize his goal a cleansed Earth. So while 14 is still young enough to behave impulsively at times, it's not young enough to make this behavior seem reasonable without a compelling trigger. As you may have guessed, Wagner provides no such trigger. And couldn't she just have easily run away, rather than turn on Ra's? Sorry, but I didn't get any of this shit! 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  • Jace
    2018-11-01 10:34

    This is a good book if you know nothing about the pantheon of DC superheores. But to fans of Superman, Batman and/or Wonder Woman, this book comes off as a clearly RETCONned story about the trio's first team-up. That is to say, it's fine as a stand-alone, but doesn't mesh well with the rest of the continuity. [Any such first meeting would have happened 50 years ago, at least, but this book takes places in modern day, judging by the use of computers and other technology in the story.]Wagner does a good job capturing each of the heroes' personality and psyche (although the fuming animosity between Batman and WW comes off way too bitter for no reason). The illustrations by author/artist Wagner are classic comic book style and complement the story.The only real complaint I have is that Wagner tells a lot of the story through floating "narration blocks" (a.k.a. "thought bubbles"), but does not anchor these blocks to the character doing the thinking. This lack of clarity over whose thoughts we're reading often leads to a muddled mess that interferes with the story and mood. As I've seen done before and since, it would have been easy to use a special color or font to differentiate between the thought blocks of the 3 major characters. This was a simple oversight that could have spared the reader's confusion and really helped the book along. **TRINITY earns a bonus star for featuring one of the most mismatched supervillain team-ups of all time: Ra's Al-Ghul and Bizarro. After their first meeting, the ever-dimwitted Bizarro refers to his new ally as "Racer Cool". I had to say it aloud to myself a few times before I got the joke, but then I couldn't stop chuckling.

  • Leelan
    2018-11-06 06:43

    One of the best novels featuring DC's big three, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. Matt Wagner breathes new life into their first mutual adventure. Each character is very much in character. As it begins, Diana has only just left Themiscyra for the world of men. She has never met Superman and has never heard of Batman. She is very much the royal princess in her attitudes and assumptions. Wagner returns Superman to his Kansas farm boy roots. He has seen the world and is comfortable there. But his attitude and outlook is very deeply rooted in the farm. Batman is completely focused on the mission. Nothing else matters. But, even so, Wagner manages to give us a glimpse into the all to human Bruce Wayne. Together they face a triumvirate of their complete opposites, Ras al Gul, Bizarro and a young rebel Amazon. A great story and fantastic conclusion --- wait until you see Batman take on Bizarro!

  • Ashleigh
    2018-11-16 06:49

    Notes:-Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman and none for Robin and Aquaman.-Watch as Supes and Bats show off the best flying positions.-Fun with Lazarus Pits!-Non-boring villains from Supes Gallery! Fun!-Supes is not buying Batman's whole mysterious rep thing, he's like, "Bruce, you just ran behind that building, I can still see you."-This comic is perfectly set up in that time where it was important to have your heroes look physically attractive and the text is positively large=print compared to what's out now. Now I don't have to go blind at 25.

  • Mark Stratton
    2018-10-22 05:39

    I can add little except it is one of the finer comic stories I've read.

  • Joe Kucharski
    2018-11-18 04:54

    Bringing together DC’s Big Three for a world-saving spectacle is always an event and in 2003, comicbook-superstar Matt Wagner presented an “untold tale”, a “what-if”, a complete retcon actually, of the trio’s earliest adventures in Trinity. The story is big and bombastic as the heroes travel between the environs of gleaming Metropolis, dirty Gotham, and lush Themyscira, while fighting the combined villainy of the near-immortal Ra’s al Ghul, the Superman clone Bizarro, and a fugitive Amazon going by the handle of Artemis. Wagner’s art, always a pleasure to see, is fun as is reading early interactions between the Big Three… if one ignores the plot’s faults.Wagner produced this three-chapter series at a time when his talents were focused more as a writer; having his stylized art appear in a prestige-format series was a treat for hardcore fans. Wagner’s Batman is a menace of solid muscle and fluid shadows. Superman is portrayed an icon, a sun god attempting to balance his humanity. His Wonder Woman is beauty personified in her pose and grace, set apart from mankind, yet not above. Likewise, Ra’s is dignified, taking pride in his arrogance and venom. Artemis is a punk, both shallow and young. Yet, there is not a complete confluence between the sets of three. Batman is angry for anger’s sake, yet somehow finds himself charmed by the gorgeous Diana. Similarly, at no time does Wonder Woman get a full stake of authority in the presence of her super boy friends. Artemis is never provided a backstory and then never heard from again as clearly this is not the same Artemis who eventually rises to the station of Wonder Woman herself. Even Ra’s one-track plan of global conquest through global genocide is as ever-changing as the sands of his birth; he never gets to one-up on the heroes, rather constantly changes his attack for the convenience of the plot.Ultimately, Trinity is a showcase for the Big Three to stand in the sun together and rejoice in their triumph, and in their friendship. Wagner is successful at weaving in key characterizations from each of the heroes, yet some of his decisions, again, are merely opportunistic. The mindless Bizarro, used for brute strength alone, does not live up to his potential as the human Batman takes-on the creature, albeit in pre-Dark Knight Returns-esque Bat-armor. The brutal slaughter of Amazonian warriors by 21st Century war machines is both distressing and wholly out-of-place thematically. Artemis’ strength, as well as her prowess, fluctuates inconsistently. Even Diana’s dip into a Lazarus Pit mostly goes ignored as, thankfully, she is not resorted back as clay. As a standalone, at face value, Trinity is a fun, action-packed tale of the world’s finest as they learn to be comfortable around each other. Wagner’s cartoony-art style amps the element of mirth; this is clearly a story to be enjoyed, not pondered upon. However, one cannot help but wish the plot went deeper and that more risks were taken, elevating what is a fun story to that of something spectacular.Want to read more thoughts on how the story revealed within Trinity absolutely cannot fit into a post-Crisis DCU? Click over to my blog…As Always

  • Paweł
    2018-10-24 07:36

    Niby Trójca, ale rola Wonder Woman jest zmarginalizowana do tego stopnia, że ciągle dostaje wciry, a mężczyźni są be, bo próbują ją chronić i ciągle mówią jej co robić. Plus za przyjaźń R'as - Bizzaro.

  • Tehanu
    2018-11-03 08:33


  • Chris
    2018-11-08 04:45

    There was a point in the early 2000's when creatives involved with writing and drawing superhero comic books realized that Batman villain Ra's Al Ghul would make a fairly good foil for other DC superheroes as well. It's easy to understand why this would be an appealing thing to do- Ghul's a supervillain for sure, a sort of eco-terrorist with a creepy distinction thanks to his semi-immortality. He's also a villain who offers a bit more depth than your standard bad guy, in that many of his goals are admirable from a certain perspective. At any rate, Trinity is another in these Ra's al Ghul vs. superheroes-other-than-Batman stories but with the added twist that this is also seemingly the first meeting of the "trinity" of DC Comics' pantheon: Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. That's a lot on narrative balls to keep in the air but Matt Wagner has some serious chops when it comes to this genre. I've enjoyed some of his previous forays into Batman's past and was keen to see how he dealt with a more extended, fantastical cast.As in his earlier Batman mini-series, Wagner has a good grasp on that character's intense personality and I liked the way he calcifies that intensity when Batman has to work with other people. Wagner also does a good job with Superman in the story and especially employs the Post-Crisis Bizarro in one of the better outings for that version of the character. It's therefore kind of a bummer the way he drops the ball with Wonder Woman, who gets shuffled to the margins of the story. She's told to wait in the invisible jet and taken hostage in chains when she goes off and tries to do her own thing. She then goes crazy and runs back home to Paradise Island with her tail between her legs, only rejoining the fight when Superman and Batman come and fetch her. While I realize the whole "bondage" thing is a real aspect of Wonder Woman's character and that this is supposed to be a very green version of the character... to see all this stuff was pretty disappointing. More annoying than disappointing was following the captions throughout this story. Often Wagner forsakes clarity in his captioning, whereby it become a challenge for the reader to decide exactly whose inner monologue are they reading? Wagner's art here is above reproach however. His thick, bold lines are perfectly suited for these characters and their colorful exploits. I see a lot of echoes of Frank Miller in his character posing, especially in the first third of the book. Trinity isn't a perfect collection but I can give it a passing recommendation based on the strength of the art and some of the characterizations.

  • J.M. Hushour
    2018-10-31 11:40

    Matt Wagner is one of those comic stalwarts who seems to simply refuse to bend to any whim but his own. Everyone knows 'Grendel' and his work on other books. My personal experience of Wagner is through his meddlings with Batman, the 'Mad Monk' and 'Monster Men', two books which were entertaining, challenging to continuity, but mostly nothing special. I feel the same way towards 'Trinity'. In many ways, this is a story that really, really needs to be told, expanded upon, made awesome: the first meeting of the DC badass triumvirate. Everyone knows this: the upcoming, probably stupid Superman/Batman movie is rumored to even feature Wonder Woman.There's a lot of potential here, but Wagner doesn't always succeed. Supes and Bats already know other, if not without suspicion, and even tip each other off from time to time, by the beginning of 'Trinity'. Wonder Woman just kinda randomly shows up because she mistakes Bizarro for Superman. The main plot involves an element of each character: Ras al'Ghul is the main villain, aided by Bizarro and a rogue Amazon named...Artemis! Gasp! The last bit especially falls flat, seriously underdeveloped, and the overall plot is confusing with the typical Ras Aha!-I-knew-you-were-gonna-do-that-so-I-have-seven-other-contingency-plans-heroes! storyline.Where the book shines is the infrequent interactions between the three titular heroes, especially Bats and WW. One of the best moments is when Bats ends up on Themyscira and tries to make out with WW because she's so awesome, catching him off guard. There's some nice tension between the three of them, but Supes is just Supes and largely uninteresting here. The other two fare better. The art? I'm always wishy-washy over Wagner's art. Half the time its awesome, half the time its hipster, 'zine cartoon badness, especially the way he portrays Wonder Woman.

  • Benjamin Featherston
    2018-11-19 08:46

    Matt Wagner delivers a flashback to the first meeting of DC's Big Three, one which is equally rewarding for both veteran readers and newcomers to the DC universe.Comics today are full of reboots and do-overs, trying to capture new audiences by retracting the established continuity and history which is so rewarding to long-time fans. Wagner has taken a far wiser approach; he has crafted a story which presumes no special knowledge of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, but does not sweep away the past. Instead, both the storytelling and deceptively simple art make the characters and their world appear new.The story revolves around Ra's Al Ghul making a bid to overthrow civilization on a global scale, to save the world from humanity by plunging the world into chaos. Both the complexity of his plans and his choice of champions (Bizarro and Artemis) ensure that no one of the three heroes is underutilized. Matt Wagner makes one major misstep which detracts from his story in that the conflict between Ra's Al Ghul and Wonder Woman is based entirely on his repeated threats to rape her and her fellow Amazons. Not only is this choice distasteful in a book which is otherwise an excellent all-ages story, but it is completely out of character for Ra's, who is highly moral in his own way and - as a centuries-old warrior seeking to build a sustainable society- should also hold the Amazon's ancient and ideal way of life in the highest regard.

  • Tina
    2018-11-22 07:51

    Not always a big fan of 'retcon' mini series’; but I can appreciate them. You have Bats and Supes meeting Diana for the first time. It's cool stuff if you're a fan of DCU’s big three; my only beef is, of course, the ‘foe’ choices. The device in the story in regard to the villains seems to be: let’s bring in three 'memorable' characters from each of the trio's past stories. Why Artemis was chosen, I have no clue. Why she was made an angry teen...NO CLUE. I'm still scratching my head as to why Ra's al Ghul needed Bizarro? If you're a die-hard DCU reader--you can probably skip this book; but if you love the big-three, it's a must have.What shines about this book is the mythology that the artwork and the books design have brought to DC. Many of the grand and heroic themes we're inundated with today, on the animated series' for Justice League, are served up here by the clever artwork made for this book by Wagner. The covers, the sketches, the poses…it’s what DC Comics superheroes are all about. In summary, it's a handsome series design, and a nostalgic take on 'how Wonder Woman' met Batman and Superman. ^_^.

  • John
    2018-11-14 11:39

    I usually like comic books with an old-school or retro feel, and whileTrinitycertainly fills that category, it wasn't near as much fun as it would have hope it would be. Matt Wagner's art is old-fashioned and simplistic but elegant and clean. It's a joy to look at. His writing is also very clean and simplistic. Unfortunately, I think this approach to the story is to the determent of the book. It follows the basic comic book formula of superheroes teaming up to fight a common foe. The superheroes personalities clash with one another but they overlook their issues with each other to defeat the villain and save the world. Nothing new is really added here other than the novelty of the first meeting between Wonder Woman and Superman and Batman. I though overall the first two chapters were funnier, more action-packed and exciting than the last. The ultimate showdown just lacked a bit of oomph in my opinion. A beautifully drawn book, but the story just left me needing more.

  • Michelle Cristiani
    2018-11-21 03:34

    I liked this mostly because Wagner's art was fun. It's not particularly intricate, which compared to most comic art of the day, makes it look juvenile. There are no ripped muscles, or fine-lined landscapes. There's a simplicity that I find utterly appealing. For example, when Superman flies downwards, he looks like a "V" with red at the top and blue at the bottom. It's endearing, and complemented rather than distracted from the story. So kudos for that. Wonder Woman did look a little more masculine than usual, but hey...AMAZON. That's ok.The story, though, also had a simplicity to it. It didn't grab me as much as I'd hoped. Also it is often told in first person, but the person speaking changes often without any differentiation, which is too confusing. Wagner should have colored the letters for each character. But he did portray the characters well. As an origin story, it's worth reading.

  • Indika De Silva
    2018-11-11 11:46

    The following comic contains the first ever adventure between The Wonder Woman, Superman and Batman and they go up against Ra's al Ghul, Bizarro (Who calls Ra's al Ghul as "Racer cool") and very young formidable Amazon warrior.What I really liked about the whole book could be attributed for it's simplistic nature and for the excellent story. Nothing is over the top and it is quite easy to follow. Therefore I recommend it to anyone who is beginning to read DC comics. The graphics is very good and the writing is well balanced.In the back cover the book it is printed "Three Timeless American Icons!" The irony of this statement is one icon is an alien from planet Krypton and the other is warrior princess from the Island of Themyscira. Only one of these icons is an actual American and I think he is too brooding to even exercise his rights as an American citizen.

  • Kamal
    2018-11-05 08:49

    What starts off as an interesting premise for a superhero story, quickly deteriorates into something lackluster and flat. Wagner's characterizations are simplistic and dull. He needs to learn the first rule of good writing: "Show, don't tell." You'd think this would be obvious in a graphic novel. He also doesn't know how to write a convincing female character. His rendition of Wonder Woman, especially, really showcases all of the gender stereotypes and misogyny that the superhero genre is so well known for. All that said (and I could say more), the best part of the book was the villain team-up between some unlikely triumvirs. The villains were more convincing than the heroes in this one... and that actually is a welcome change. The story could have been so much more if directed by more capable hands.