Trinity has been one of the highlights of this post-Rebirth era, and issue #3 continues the series excellent track record.
Trinity's focus has been on building up its icons, but perhaps the most stunning thing about the series continues to be its artistic stylings. This time around Clay Mann takes the reigns on pencils with colors from Brad Anderson, leaving Francis Manapul to focus on writing duties. It should be a compliment to Mann that it was over halfway through before it hit that this was a different artist. This book is as stunning as the previous two issues, and Mann gets extremely creative with his panel layouts, especially during the Gotham City bits.
Manapul continues to handle these three icons effortlessly, building a relationship between them that will hopefully continue to be explored in books outside of this series. Batman is learning to trust a new Superman, while Clark is still adjusting to this similar yet very different world. Both are balanced with Diana's constant understanding and focus, and while they aren't there yet, readers are starting to see glimpses of the trinity that has remained so iconic through the years.
Granted, there is yet another recollection of the death of Bruce's parents, but here it didn't feel forced, still fitting within the arc's main theme. Typically that would get a downvote, as Batman's origin story is something that seems almost required in Batman books every few issues or so these days. Here though it gets a pass since the framework of the narrative requires the trip down memory lane. A Wonder Woman focused issue will likely be hitting in issue #4.
As great as some of these character moments are, like Bruce's "I don't get lost in my city" rant or calling his younger self a brat, the real MVP is Lois, who doesn't sit around waiting for things to happen to her, and takes action without being stupidly reckless. This is how the character has been portrayed in this new Rebirth era, and it's nice to see that continue here.
In short, Trinity has been a pleasant surprise, and while it deals with some familiar themes, it does it in an impressively effective way and should be an easy addition to your pull list.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Written By: Francis Manapul
Art By: Clay Mann0comments
Inked By: Clay Mann & Seth Mann
Colored By: Brad Anderson