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 into...is 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:
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:
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.
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.