Okay, just finished up these issues. Great stuff all around.
- What are your impressions on the villains that the Trinity faces in these issues?
It was definitely an interesting combo, but one that works out. Ra’s was good as the overall evil mastermind (though DAMN did they up his creep factor whenever he was around Diana), Bizarro worked great as the muscle, and his calling the Demon “Racer Cool” is way too precious than it ought to be. Artemis was kind of the weak link – like she kind of appeared out of nowhere and didn’t contribute much other than giving Ra’s the location to Themyskira. It’s funny, at first when she showed up, it had been so long since I read this that I thought that was Diana, and that she first comes to man’s world in this take as a double agent against R’as.
- What did you most enjoy about this version of the Trinity meeting for the first time?
This might sound odd, but I initially really liked the butting of heads, especially between Wonder Woman and Batman. Considering where she comes from, it does make sense that she might initially find him to be what she fights against – and lord knows Batman doesn’t help much in that matter. The sudden make-out was…a decision, one that I kinda get what Wagner was going for, but I’m not sure how well it worked.
- Where there any particular quotes or scenes that stood out to you?
The idea that Diana feels a connection to the Lazarus Pit was pretty interesting, an idea I hadn’t thought of before but works very well for Diana, especially with this particular origin.
- Do you have a favorite origin story for the Trinity?
Separately, you mean?
For Wonder Woman, so far I would probably say Perez’s version in terms of takes meant to be in continuity at one point or another.
With Batman, Year One is a classic, one of the best superhero stories ever, even. however, I did really enjoy the thrill ride that was Zero Year very much.
And with Superman, my favorite would probably be the New 52 version through Grant Morrison’s run on Action Comics. His Superman is always a great mix of modern and timeless, and that continues to be the case there.
Also, I really do enjoy the takes on all three characters in the Earth One series of graphic novels.
️ WONDER WOMAN ANNUAL (1988-) #1 ️
- Which chapter/story was your favorite from this Annual?
There’s a lot of pretty good stuff here, though honestly for most of it, it was mostly because of the art for me. Brian Bolland’s opening and closing pages were well done, and it was really cool to see Arthur Adams doing DC work this early in his career. And you can never go wrong with Jose Luis Garcia Lopez on art.
Though I think overall my favorite was the last story dealing with Myndi’s last will and testament. This definitely felt like a better send off for her that I was looking for when it first happened, and felt authentic and real.
- How do you feel about the revelation regarding Julia’s ties to Themyscira?
Honestly, I really don’t like it. I get that Perez is trying to connect everything to this cosmic, mythical destiny, but in the end I feel like it cheapens Julia as a character and gives this feeling of Amazonian Exceptionalism that just doesn’t feel right.
- Were you content with the outcome of Julia’s/Vanessa’s visit to Themyscira? How does it compare to Superman and Batman’s visit to Paradis Island in Trinity?
It’s certainly a more quiet visit for Julia and Vanessa than it was for Batman and Superman, but that’s certainly not a bad thing. Quieter, character-driven issues like this not only helps with the pacing of these kinds of books, but makes it so when you do see these characters in action, you feel more invested in their outcome.