A new storyline, and a new creative team, begin in Trinity #7, which is a prologue of sorts, dealing with the characters who will be the villains for this arc, rather than with Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.
Lex Luthor and Ra’s Al Ghul are summoned by Circe. At best, the three have a grudging respect for each other, though none would go so far as to admit it, and all are extremely reluctant to work together.
This issue takes place deep in a cave, as Circe introduces the other two men to the Pandora Pits. The dark and moody art helps set the tone for the story, and the three villains take every opportunity to verbally cut the others down. These are not three characters who are willingly working together, but instead are fulfilling an ancient prophecy, which promises to rid them of their enemies.
There is a bit of action in the story, as the Pandora Pits release a monster, a combination of the three heroes that the villains most often face. Luthor, Al Ghul and Circe must work together to defeat the beast, which allows them domination of the Pits.
While it is far from clear where this story is going to go, this issue shows all the hallmarks of a strong creative team confident in their direction.
The only real problem I have, and it’s a minor one, is that everything is still in flux in Wonder Woman’s book. That all played well in the first story arc, as Wonder Woman’s uncertainty as to the truth of her background and the Amazons fed into the Black Mercy’s hallucinatory world. But in this case, Circe seems to have a solid background with her nemesis, and I wonder how that can be, when her connection to the Amazons has yet to be revealed. Ah well, the problems of tight continuity in a changing reality are bound to pop up from time to time. Perhaps this will even tie directly in.