I love Francis Manapul’s art. I really like it so, so, so muchbetter. It’s possible to say that I am a Francis Manapul fanboy. That is why it pains me so much that I really don’t enjoy this book. Granted, I really like the art, but the book itself has been issue after issue of disjointed and unnecessary storytelling which has gone nowhere whatsoever. The current Dead Space narrative is much more of the same up to this stage…all art/no story and I hope Manapul can somehow pull a Doug Flutie hail marry to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Well, does he? Let’s find out…
The problem starts with Wonder Woman…of the brain! She may be taken over by the face hugger parasite that changed her past issue, but she could see clearly now. Anyway, the entire thing feels off from what we’ve had up until now and only tells us what we already understood or knew. The major robot man is the bad guy.
Then we get Batman trying to conserve Cyborg by eventually getting him into the escape pods. After being advised for the time why this may work. Batman might not be so sure himself because he jettisons the pod with him and Cyborg inside. Maybe that has been the plan all along???
We then visit Superman and the Green Lanterns and they’re still battling…until they are not. It appears at this point, Manapul has forced his concept of subjugation therefore it makes no sense for the slaves to create the Justice League slaves. That, and the warmth from reentry makes Simon and Jessica themselves, only in time to join Wonder Woman (minus face hugger as well), Superman and Batman in an all out effort to save the Watchtower and Earth.
That’s not the biggest problem of the matter, but as it finishes with all the Green Lanterns (in) conveniently pumped out thus the Trinity could save the day. I will not spoil the way they did it, but trust me, it’s ridiculous. But maybe not as absurd as the shoving aside of the Alien/Robot villain and the eco message at the end that may tie to a previous story line I had been expecting was gone forever.
I loved the artwork again this month, but the story isn’t good in any way. Things just happen because they happen and while Manapul seems to believe that having the Trinity strike a heroic pose will win the day in the long run, there is nothing to stand here. The story is paper thin and fairly laughable. I had been called out (rightly so) past month for letting the art sway my score a bit too much. It didn’t occur this month.
Trinity #11 Review
Written by: Francis Manapul
Art by: Francis Manapul, Scott Hanna, Scott Godlewski, Wil Quintana, Blond and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 19, 2017
Bits and Pieces:
While the artwork in this matter is top notch, the story brings down everything. Sad to say, the Trinity can’t save the day this moment. If you enjoy looking at pretty pictures, you might get some pleasure here, but if you want characters and story in your publications, look elsewhere.
Score : 5.0/10