Trinity Vol. 1: Better Together by Francis Manapul
Pages: 144 (paperback)
Published: DC Comics (Release date June 13, 2017)
Genre: Superhero, Graphic Novel, Comic Book
Overall Rating: 4/5 Stars
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley, but that does not have a sway in my reviews. I am a human being with thoughts of her own, and I am not obligated to automatically give this book five stars.
In the latest Rebirth series, Francis Manapul brings together the Dark Knight, the Man of Steel, and the Amazon Warrior Princess in an epic revival of the New 52 Trinity series that launched in June of 2008. Unlike its predecessor, I as a fan of the DC Big Three enjoyed this Rebirth. It was cohesive and heartwarming, blending the elements of humanity into these seemingly godlike heroes.
While most DC comics are narrated from the perspective of the main protagonist such as Batman or Wonderwoman, Manapul decided to narrate the story from Lois Lane’s point of view. The outsider’s look into the world of the superhero was refreshing because it didn’t give off a “woe is me” storyline or a black and white, good vs evil narrative. Instead, it played into Lois’ reporter narrative and how there are multiple parts to every story. There are many emotions that factor into creating a person’s identity, and there are people with extraordinary abilities who need to break down their walls to let friends and family in.
These concepts are what makes this Rebirth genuine. It doesn’t need the gimmicks of fighting one super villain after the next; all it needed was the sheer emotion in characterizing people who are able to enjoy life and family, to remain loyal to their friends, and to stay strong and endure through the good and the bad.
If you’re thinking about following the DC Comic Universe, I recommend reading the Trinity Rebirth series. It’s beautifully created and it’s a refreshing take on the adventures and friendship of the DC Big Three.