[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writer: Francis Manapul
Artists: Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, Matt Santorelli, & Hi-Fi
Issue six of Trinity sees the first arc come to its conclusion and with it, so too is the skepticism and mistrust of the Trinity concluded. With Mongul set free in the real work, inhabiting Clark Kent’s body no less, the heroes must trust one another in order to escape the Black Mercy and take Mongul down. As we found out in issue five, Mongul’s plan is amazing and foolproof. Or should have been had he not included Poison Ivy and her connection to the green which, when mixed with Mongul’s dream world, resulted in the creation of the White Mercy.
What will the White Mercy do to our heroes inside the murderous conqueror’s dream world while he destroys theirs? What will happen to Lois and Jonathan with Mongul free to do what he does best? How might Poison Ivy save her daughter, the White Mercy? These are all questions you can find answered in Trinity #6!
Francis Manapul has kept true to his word with Trinity, creating a small and personal story with DC’s biggest characters. We even get a closer and more personal look at their villains’ lives. Issue six is full of small, touching moments as well as a few jokes between the characters that had me smiling.
The pencils of Lupacchino are wonderful, especially the facial expressions of the characters. She even makes Batman’s expressions under the cowl pop using little lines in and around his mouth to make the stern face more personal. The inks and colors are so vibrant and simple that they frame each scene so well and really connect the story and worlds.
This issue also perfectly sets up the mind set of readers to go and pick up Super Sons #1.
In keeping with the small and personal tone of the book, the conclusion of this issue feels a little anti-climactic given the enormity of the characters. It all ties itself up rather quickly in the end but leaves a few loose ends that are awkward.
Between the bonding of the Trinity and the small personal moments between characters, this issue delivers a touching small town story that could only be told on the Kent farm.