DC’s Rebirth has been true to its premise. Gone are the grim and bleak affairs of New 52, making way for a world where heroes shine bright even in the darkest times. This is no truer than in a book like Trinity, which reminds me immensely of the Justice League animated series from the nineties. Even though it has its moments of humour, action and witty exchanges between characters, its heart is what shines the brightest.
Trinity #2 starts with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman having to help Pa Kent find young Clark who ran away after his father suffered a heart attack. Focusing mostly on the relationship between Pa and Clark, it’s almost a passing of the torch and generational wisdom as Pa gives Clark fatherly advice, which he, too, will eventually pass on to Jon. It’s an emotional interaction, considering Clark knows his father has passed away already and he can’t reveal his true identity to him (although he probably wants nothing more than do so).
While some might feel this emotional connection between Pa and Clark is lost due to the reveal on the last page (no spoilers, I promise), I tend to disagree. This conversation with Pa is something that’s burning in Clark, and he needs to have it – whether it’s real or not.
Despite the poignancy of the issue, there’s also a healthy dose of humour present, which surprisingly comes from Batman being Batman. No, he isn’t channelling the Adam West version of the character, but it’s his abrupt and unimpressed remarks that provide a few chuckles – particularly when the Trinity is squished together in Pa Kent’s old truck; that exchange is gold. In fact, a lot of Batman writers could take tips from Francis Manapul’s portrayal of the character and loosen up the cowl a bit.
A comic book story’s only as good as its art, and boy, did this issue deliver. One of my major gripes with the Rebirth line is how some of the art looks sloppy and rushed. However, Trinity’s proving to be up there with the likes of Teen Titans, Suicide Squad, Green Arrow and Aquaman in terms of its aesthetic. It’s absolutely gorgeous.
Simply put, Trinity has everything Geoff Johns promised about the Rebirth line. Hope, fun and optimism are on the menu, and this dish is tasting more delicious with each passing issue.