Now that’s more like it.
Pretty much everything that disappointed me about last week’s premiere issue was rectified this week. (Also, I have to self-correct: There was no trace of Busiek’s Superman run in the first issue. I confused Konvikt with Projeckt 13. Dang “K”s.) Where last week’s Flash Family battle with Clayface left me pretty lukewarm, this week featured Superman throwing an entire solar system off our planet and Wonder Woman punching robots. So, very much improved there.
Not only that, but the action had all the traces of the wit and ingenuity that I so enjoy in Busiek’s best superhero comics. Saving Metropolis from a growing solar system that threatens to inhale the city into it’s gravitational pull is just as charming and wild an idea as, say, a living germ made of Kryptonite.
And while Batman’s story was a little bit more prelude than big time comic fun, Busiek’s take on Wonder Woman was great, and in line with Gail Simone’s current redefinition of the character and her motivations.
Finally, it’s clear that our two antagonists are much better served along the sidelines of a story, than driving it entirely. I like both of them much more already.
Speaking of which, the other half of this story actually contributed greatly to the sense of one continuous issue. Instead of feeling like I was reading two barely connected and separate stories, the John Stewart story felt simply like an elaboration on occurrences alluded to in the first half. When you’re dealing with such constrained space, it’s critical that both stories actively contribute to the whole of the issue, not just hint at vague connections.
I have a lot of affinity towards a weekly comic that focuses half on The Big Three and half on the other 997 characters running around. Last week gave the impression that we might just follow two dueling trinities on either side of the staples. And that didn’t strike me as a very fun way to spend a year.
Contrarily, a big dumb alien being egged on by a tiny furball on his shoulder strikes me as an enormously fun thing to watch. Especially when the bulk of their first appearance focuses mostly on their tenuous grip on the English language.
Basically, everything that was dire and unspecific about the first issue is, in its successor, crystalline in its sense of fun and adventure. I have nothing but the best of hopes that “Trinity” continues to be this fun for fifty more weeks.