Friday, April 20, 2012

Trinity War!?!?!? DC's 2013 Event!? (SEMI)-SPOILERS BELOW!!

This past weekend at C2E2, DC allowed a few lucky fans the chance to read through DC's Free Comic Book Day offering. Apparently the story will feature a story by Geoff Johns and drawn by several artists from across the New 52, including Jim Lee (Justice League), Ivan Reis (Aquaman), Kenneth Rocafort (Red Hood and the Outlaws), and Gene Ha (no ongoing series...yet?). Inside, there seems to be a 4-page panel (like the one at the end of Blackest Night #8 when the 12 heroes and villains were resurrected!) which shows what seems to be DC's version of something out of Marvel's Civil War. Being: Heroes fighting heroes. In the corner, we see some words that include: "Coming next year...TRINITY WAR!"

Here's parts of the images that were pulled from across the internet and combined by a writer on Bleeding Cool. Another writer on Bleeding Cool had this to say, but many of the characters involved were redacted mostly because they reveal way too much, but here you go:

“has probably something to do with the Trinity of Evil which gets introduced in DC’s FCBD comic. Pandora is one of the Trinity.”

“It appears to be the 3 original sinners, of which Pandora has already been disclosed. Let me just say that the identities of the other 2 will surprise and amaze you.”

“I read the FCBD issue from DC last night. Trinity War probably has to do with the three sinners of the DC New. One is Pandora, the other is the [REDACTED], and weirdly the last one is the [REDACTED]. That’s right. [REDACTED] is somehow magic based now. Also, they are punished by the seven gods who gave Shazam his power.”

“In it, there is a group referred to as the “Trinity of Sin.” This group includes Pandora,[REDACTED], and [REDACTED] (I have no idea why). The Rock of Eternity, a council of powerful wizards (thanks, Geoff Johns), sentences them to [REDACTED]. This may have something do with DC’s Trinity War, but I’m not sure. Maybe Pandora, [REDACTED], and [REDACTED] versus Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman? Who knows?”

Oh and here's the pieced-together image from Bleeding Cool, which I will be analyzing:

Let's start from the left and go right. On the left side, we see a character who seems to have similar powers as the character in Flashpoint known as Brainwave, but seems to have a middle-eastern look, unlike the FP-Brainwave. But that's no big deal. He seems to be fighting the Flash, while above them it seems to show a Black Adam-outfitted Shazam fighting against Deadman (who, yes, is part of Justice League Dark so he really shouldn't be on the regular JL as well). As we move slightly to the right, we see Wonder Woman fighting against Aquaman. Why does Geoff Johns like Aquaman and Wonder Woman fighting so much?! (They were the main villains, besides Reverse-Flash, in Flashpoint) Then above that, we see Superman smashing a pillar that John Stewart in a bad ass redesigned GL outfit? It looked like a mix between Luke Cage and Batman with a GL ring, not even joking. Underneath of that, we see Element Woman (from Flashpoint) fighting against Cyborg. (Who has one of Green Arrow's arrows stuck into the back of his head. I thought that was very amusing.) In the background, we see Atom, Green Arrow, Batman, and Hawkman seemingly facing off. Green Arrow and Hawkman seemed focused on one another while Atom and Batman seem to be trying to escape. And Batman also has something on him. It looks like a man-purse.

While none of the "Big Three" are fighting each other...
You have to assume wonder if it's a war between them. So I've instantly started wondering: Who would side with who.
This is a lot harder to figure out than it would have been with Marvel's Civil War story between Captain America and Iron Man. But I've come to the decision that, out of the character on this 4-pager, the groupings would be something along the lines of the following:

Batman's Team:
Green Arrow-As the only other non-powered character here, I have to assume that Ollie would side with Bats here. Also: He seems to be covering Batman's retreat. And he pegged one on Cyborg, who is probably on Superman's side.
Green Lantern (John Stewart?)-John is a strategist. He respects Batman, and Batman respects him. As long as Batman's side is relatively mentally stable and not completely insane...John will probably agree. Plus, as I said before... Luke Cage + Batman - Batman's ear things + GL Ring = This guy. This could be something along the lines of what Iron Man did with Spider-Man leading to Civil War with the Iron-Spider outfit. Maybe Bats designed his outfit.
Deadman-He and Batman are (or were, at least) buddies. And honestly can you see Superman or Wonder Woman wanting a ghost who cracks dark jokes all the time on there side?
Brainwave-Batman loves control. And if this kid seems like he might be a threat with his young and uncontrolled powers, Batman may scare him into siding with him. Everyone's scared of Batman, right? Especially if he's got the Christian Bale Batman's voice.

Wonder Woman's Team:
Wonder Woman
Steve Trevor-He doesn't appear here, but he would obviously side with Wonder Woman in this case, as he loves her.
Hawkman-He's a warrior. She's a warrior. That may be enough for him to join on her side.
Atom-He is (or at least was) Hawkman's best buddy. He'll PROBABLY side with whoever he joins with.
Captain Mar--I mean, Shazam-Billy's a teenage boy. It's Wonder Woman. Must I really explain why he would join her quickly?
Element Woman-If Batman can't connect with her, Wonder Woman will just by connecting the strong female role.

Superman's Team:
Cyborg-They both seem to be the bright and colorful hero in this case. Plus, since Supes doesn't have anyone with technology smarts, he might convince him.
Flash-Barry is like a little kid. He wants to be good and cheerful. Who, at least before the New 52, is more "good" and "cheerful" than Superman.
Aquaman-He would've been on Wonder Woman's side, but she's kind of punching him so yeah... And he can't be on Bat's side if Green Arrow is. They hate each other.

Now, I'm just mostly hoping that it is kind of a "Big Three War" when they say "Trinity War." But Newsarama has other thoughts. From the big secret organizations (Checkmate, S.H.A.D.E., N.O.W.H.E.R.E.), to basic super-teams (Justice League, Teen Titans, and Legion of Super-Heroes), to individual heroes (Supes, Bats, and Wondy), to Space Groups (Green Lantern Corps, L.E.G.I.O.N., Darkstars), to parallel worlds (Earth-1, Earth-2, Earth-3), they've covered it all. And it all seems very likely that it will be caused by that dumbass girl known as Pandora (seen in every #1 issue of the New 52 and in Justice League #6's back-up story). Hey, how about Justice League vs. Justice League International vs. Justice League Dark? That'd be a pretty badass Trinity War right there.



  1. Damn, great Breakdown dude. I could definitely see it going way, and the teams you came up with all seem like viable options. The SHAZAM reason made me laugh, although SHAZAM may be made up of a bunch of different people like in Flashpoint from what was in the most recent SHAZAM story in the Justice League comic.

    I'm kinda excited but I hope too much doesn't revolve around Pandora and those other people.

    1. Well considering he's Chairman Johns, I wouldn't be surprised at all if DC decided to thrust Pandora to front-and-center in the DCU. Sadly. Because every idea he shits out is gold to them. What're your thoughts on who that Green Lantern is?

    2. Well you've got that right. And I was wondering first but your guess that it's John Stewart makes a lot of sense, I can't see anyone else really taking that role unless it's like... Steel or someone but that doesn't make much sense. Maybe those are heroes from Earth 2 or villains from Earth 3 and the Trinity is between three worlds?

    3. I think it'll be either John, a parallel version of him, or maybe a new GL. Since, as I said previously, Geoff Johns' shit is gold. *cough*BRIGHTESTDAY*cough* But I honestly wouldn't care that much, since maybe if John (or another GL) joins the League, we can have no continuity errors as for that? Since Hal is off with Sinestro with a ring that doesn't work right. And I think Sinestro wouldn't want Hal parading around with tights-wearing "heroes." hahaha. But I wouldn't be surprised if with the next GL-crossover story thing that we see a new GL. I wouldn't mind that at all.

  2. Yep, I mentioned that too haha, so yeah it would make sense is John took over as resident GL for the League since Hal is with Sinestro and Kyle is all over space, and Guy is... Guy Gardner.

  3. Guy definitely fits better with the JLI than the JLA. But I just re-read your comment about how they could all be characters from other worlds and I realize that would make complete sense. That's why Brainwave is different, SHAZAM has a Black Adam-esque look, and maybe who Element Woman is. Plus why they're all fighting each other. My only issue with that theory is that everyone is wearing their New 52-Earth outfits. Except the characters we haven't seen like Element Woman, Shazam (for an extended amount of time), or the Brainwave person.

  4. True, I guess it's kinda early to speculate when we don't have all the pieces but this can either be really good, or really Brightest Day...

  5. I guess so. But it is fun, isn't it? :P I wonder if this time next year we'll see you and X writing with the "Trinity War" rules instead of the "Brightest Day" rules. :P

    1. I sure hope not, lol, I don't think I can handle anything as bad as brightest day.

    2. Hopefully it won't be bad. If anything, I hope it can re-establish why comic book events are so popular.

    3. Definitely, but to be honest I'm just waiting for them to merge this world with last year's, so we can have all our continuity back plus Jason Todd, a two armed Roy Harper and the other few good changes they've made.

    4. Well my feeling about it, is that the things/characters that really matter a lot (except Wally and Donna and Steph) are still there, more or less. (And, in case you didn't notice, Brightest Day didn't happen. It's been proven several times over.) So I really don't mind it all that much and honestly I'm getting more books now that I'm interested in than I have in a long time. I was honestly terrified of the triple-digit series that have SO much back-story that I thought maybe I wouldn't understand. Every single New 52 (as far as I can tell) is geared to not only the long time fans of the characters, but to the new readers that used to be scared to get a series because of how many issues and stories came before. I understand that a lot of long time fans are kind of judging the series' but I kind of wish that we could all understand that this is, more than likely, the way that things are gonna be. At LEAST for now. And honestly, I wouldn't mind it staying like this.

    5. Don't get me wrong, I definitely get that. But as someone who knew most of that history it annoys me that I don't know what happened and what didn't happen now, and the fact they never explained or said this happened and this didn't happen. And that's from someone that's only been reading comics for not even four years yet. I get that this was for people to jump on but they've kinda alienated people who were already fans. The Wally fans, the Steph and Cass fans, Donna Troy fans. Hell even The Joker fans, as Joker hasn't really been in a book since September. The reboot kinda even screwed up the Batman Inc. Stuff..

    6. But weren't you the least bit surprised/perplexed/wanting to know more about the JL vs. MM part of this month's JL? If they told everyone exactly everything that happened, we wouldn't get to see these interesting twists for characters we don't know! And who is to say that we won't see Wally come back sometime soon? Or Donna. Or Steph and Cass. Snyder, Simone, etc. all really want Steph and Cass back in the line-up and they've been working hard to.
      And you know how you don't want anything to be centered around Pandora? Well if she's the character that DC has decided to build the DCnU up around as the big bad mystical character, then who do you think is the only character who can return it back to "normal"? Or even some kind of median?

    7. That is a good point, seeing MM and the League fighting did interest me. So there are some perks to this, but I still miss the other DCU. I feel if this was an alternate world it would be perfect but I get why they can't do that.

      I'd say she could fix it if she wanted to, I think if things get bad she's the ace in the hole to reverting it and she could always say something like someone else mixed up the worlds.