Unsurprisingly, this is another solid issue of Trinity War. Building off of last issue’s set up, JLA #7 sees the plot move forward significantly. Sure, we all know where this is headed (unless you’ve somehow evaded the massive Forever Evil spoilers), and now we’re just settling it for the trip there. At this point, I’m fine with, because Johns and Lemire are killing it week after week. And while this isn’t necessarily the best issue of Trinity War yet, it has it’s share of great character moments, which is really what this book is about.
One of the best moments is seeing Atom finally reveal that she’s been with the JLA the whole time, as opposed to the Justice League. Firestorm and Element Woman also get some great moments, and I love that those two characters are getting their chances to shine. Lex Luthor also gets a great moment in which he admits his jealousy of “whoever set up Superman”. Simon Baz, Catawoman, and the Flash have a few great moments outside the the House of Mystery, and then there’s the whole scene with Dr. Psycho, which is great as well.
The only thing this issue lacks is action scenes, but it’s surprisingly fast paced nonetheless. More than anything, Trinity War is more of a character study, taking many of the major heroes, and going into their psyches to reveal who they truly are. That’s great, and I’m glad that the authors are doing that instead of just having the Leagues beat each other up.
Also: there’s more Question in this issue than any of the three previous issues, and, in my mind, that alone makes it worth the four dollars I paid for it, because Question is awesome.
That being said, I’m not sure I like where they’re going with Pandora’s box. I’m actually not a fan of the whole Trinity of Sin, and I feel that it plays into Trinity War way more than it should. It allows us to get a lot more Question, but the whole Pandora’s box thing isn’t great. It’s not that it isn’t done well, I just don’t like the concept. My only other critique of this issue is that Wonder Woman and her group were completely sidelined until the end. And, Wonder Woman aside, that group has far from gotten it’s due.
Score: 8.6, Great
Aside from the lack of a third of Trinity War’s characters and the over usage of Pandora’s Box, Trinity War remains awesome. Johns and Lemire have done a great job with the characters, and the art is just as good as the character work is. Some characters are getting the best character work they’ve gotten in a long time, and it’s great to see characters that have been sidelined in The New 52 get their due.