By Britany Murphy
Continuing from the events of issue #1, Trinity #2 picks up where Francis Manapul left off. In this issue there is a lot of back-and-forth from the future to the past- or at least what seems to be the past before we come to a villainous reveal.
Francis Manapul is back at it once more with Trinity #2. After the first issue had Diana and Bruce join Clark, Lois and their son, Jon on their farm, an awkward dinner eventually led to the trio investigating the farm and getting more than they bargained for.
The beginning of this book takes place in a part of Clark’s fondest memories- him with his father. We see the famed trinity encountering Jonathan Kent after he’s had a heart attack. A young Clark appears, thinking the trio has done something to cause his father’s heart to stop beating. In his anguish he attacks Superman and Batman, leaving Wonder Woman be as she is trying to help his father.
When runs out of the barn, we are immersed into the mind of young Clark Kent. He is obviously worried for his father and finds solace in a place where his father took him regularly, where he ends up speaking with an unseen source who tells him that they can help him. Of course, there’s a caveat- this mysterious being wants help from Clark in return.
In the meantime, Mr. Kent is awake and desperately wants to find his son. Upon seeing the ‘S’ logo on Superman’s chest, he knows that this man is somehow related to Clark, but he has yet to realize that Superman is actually the older version of his son- even though he makes mention of how the two look alike.
Much like the first issue, the lack of superhero fight sequences might deter some readers but I do enjoy how Manapul is still able to keep the story moving along without any unnecessary bravado. He continues to develop the characters, specifically Superman, since he is meant to be different from the past version of Superman that Batman and Wonder Woman had known previously.
I wasn’t completely sold on the first issue, I liked it but I felt that there was something missing. However, issue two certainly made up for it, including a few more awkward moments from the trio getting reacquainted.
In regards to Wonder Woman and Batman, I think Manapul does a great job at keeping these characters’ distinctive voices, specifically in the moments where the duo interact with one another. Diana is always the calm voice of reason, whereas Bruce is always pointing out the trouble that may befall them.
There was still an air of mystery in this book that continued from the previous issue. It kept me intrigued as a reader and it set up the final and unexpected reveal at the end of the book well.
Trinity #2 is on sale now and I’m excited to see what Mr. Manapul has up his sleeve for issue #3.