Trinity of Sin: An Idea for DC to think about

Trinity of Sin was the prelude to the Forever Evil story arc that has brought back some of DC’s greatest villains, the Crime Syndicate. The team is full of evil doppelgänger of the Justice League, the worlds greatest superhero team.

But of course, that’s an obvious one.

What this article is about, is not about the Trinity of heroes, Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, but rather the trio of heroes who fight evil and sinners in hope of redemption. They are Pandora, the Phantom Stranger and the Question. Pandora opened the box, releasing the seven deadly sins into the world, the Phantom Stranger is Judas, which says everything and the Questions, whose past is still a mystery to everyone.

Trinity of Sin: Pandora
Trinity of Sin: Pandora

Now, what I would like, is for all three of them to get their own comic series together. The Pandora comic series isn’t all that great. While it was a great prelude to the Forever Evil story line and gave readers characters like Vandal Savage, but since Forever Evil, the series has lost much of its strength. The series has mainly revolved around Pandora going around trying to find a way to atone for her sins and destroy them. Pandora’s main goal has been to kill the seven deadly sins, and while it was initially interesting, the same story line has made the story incredibly slow-paced and boring.

Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger
Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger

The same goes for the Phantom Stranger series. I’m a huge fan of the series, but that is mainly due to the characterization and interesting stories. The Phantom Stranger series gave readers a strong origin story that allowed for the series to progress. However, the writing lately has used the origin story as a clutch, rather than bringing in new story arcs, it seems to be circling.

Then there is the Questions who guest stars in each series because the rage of not knowing who he is, is haunting him. The problem is that there isn’t enough of him in the DC Comic book realm lately. He’s there one minute and then he vanishes completely and readers know nothing of where’s he’s been or who he is.

Since both the Pandora and Phantom Stranger comics are lagging and they all guest star in each others series a lot anyway, they should just fuse together and become one series titled TRINITY OF SIN. The style of the series could even be like BATMAN BEYOND UNIVERSE. That’s just my opinion on the matter because here are some very strong characters with great ties to one another except each series is lacking, and doing the characters injustice.

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  • rick2you2

    Actually, no. I do think, however, that DC screwed up the Phantom Stranger series so severely that it has almost destroyed the book. I’m a huge fan, too, and it makes me particularly angry. Here is my list of reasons:

    1. A lot of people do not like PS being Judas, period. Some don’t like the loss of mystery; others find the concept insulting. So, they didn’t buy the book. That’s a particular shame because PS is not the biblical Judas, and may not be Judas at all. It just took a lot of issues for enough clues to drop.

    2. DiDio’s initial writing was poor. He had PS behave like a dick enslaved to a crappy god figure who goes around betraying people instead of acting like a hero. Who wants to read that? Again, that was a wind-up so that PS would later break free to start following his conscience, but the momentum was wrecked. Sales kept going down.

    3. The “Trinity of Sin” set up made it look like PS, Question and Pandora would be stars. Remember that giant poster? People who bought the book expecting PS to be key were disappointed. After an initial sales uplift, they again went down.

    4. Way too many cross-overs and guest appearances diluted the character’s own appeal. Yes, those things can boost sales, but I think this got out of hand. Quite a few boards had comments from people who refused to buy the Forever Evil books because it was too expensive to follow. In fact, sales on most of the New 52 books kept declining throughout this cross-over.

    5. When sales get really low, independent book stores don’t buy display copies because they don’t want to get stuck with unsold copies. With PS and Pandora now in that posture, browsers won’t find a copy to consider buying.

    If you want to have good reading material, buy the books. I buy extra copies. The writing and plot development on PS since DeMatteis has taken over has brought the book into what I think is a unique, thought-provoking niche. But if sales aren’t good, DC won’t merge the titles; they will just be killed off.