Halfway through its first month and “Trinity” is really starting to come together. When you’ve only got two issues, it’s hard to tell exactly how everything is going to ultimately shape up. But now the approach is starting to clarify, as is the scope of the title.
Nowhere is this clearer than in the surprisingly low key and convincing back up story about a young superpowered Tarot card reader in Los Angeles. As much as you know that Rita’s path is going to cross that of any number of big name superpowers, she’s introduced in a nicely down to Earth way. There’s naturally a danger when you’re dealing with limited space, that the comic as a whole will end up sorely lacking in excitement. This story, instead, is quite satisfying as both vignette and opening to a clearly larger story.
Mike Norton and Jerry Ordway are a really nice combination for this story. It’s very classic comic book artwork. Simple, and I mean this in the nicest way possible. With Norton on breakdowns, the occasional lapses in precision that Ordway’s work can sometimes suffer from are gone. It’s one of my favorite stories of his that he’s drawn in quite some time. Their work is the main reason why Rita’s story feels so grounded. It just wouldn’t work with a more stylized artist, or even someone like last issue’s Tom Derenick, whose strengths lie more in superheroics.
What the second story also did was really expand the potential scope of “Trinity” in a really interesting way. Obviously I don’t think there will be story segments devoted to all sorts of Regular Joes on the streets of DC’s cities, but Busiek’s sensibilities as the creator of “Astro City” certainly infuse his ability to (help) craft such a convincing narrative that’s relatively free from typical superhero theatrics.
Those are saved for the first story, and it’s pretty brisk and entertaining stuff. Konvikt and Graak take on the entire Justice League of America and Bagley and Busiek have the amount of fun you’d expect in a story named “Kplow”. While the biggest moment of the story comes in the last page, the keystone, thematically, is how Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman interact (or don’t) with the JLA.
It’s an interesting conceit, even if it’s not the newest. What’s different in “Trinity” is that you get the sense that it’s one of the many things that will be able to be explored with much more subtlety and detail thanks to the amount of space they’ll have to work in.
So, in its third week, “Trinity” is showing that, even with its limited space, the most potentially satisfying thing about the series just might be it’s increasingly wide range.