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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Really enjoyable story that sees the three Justice Leagues bump heads. The main JL continues to be strong, and Amanda Waller's own JL are a solid bunch, but for me it is the Justice League Dark that really shine. Constantine is really well handled, and it is great to see him included into the main DC universe. So many characters, if you are not a massive DC fan it can get a little confusing, but overall the Volume holds up on its own without the need to have been following any of the individual runs.
So why not 5 stars? Simply because the follow up to this, Forever Evil, blows it out the water.
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on 3 July 2015
The story for Trinity War poses a battle of three sides, the main one being with the Justice League (starring Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman), versus the ARGUS sponsored Justice League of America (featuring Martian Manhunter, Hawkman and Green Arrow) and Justice League Dark (consisting of John Constantine, Deadman and Zatanna), but it also features a battle of other trinities too.

Batman is at war with Wonder Woman and Superman over the nature of their new relationship, suggesting that the two most powerful people in the world being together would concern governments and agencies around the world. The other trinity is the Trinity of Sin, Pandora, Phantom Stranger and The Question, who are battling with each other over the nature of the relic known as Pandora's Box, which Pandora is trying to re-open in order to return the evil of the world to the box.

These events all come together and the true nature of the Box is revealed and leads to the events of Forever Evil. This story is a good lead up to Forever Evil (a far superior story) but it can often be too confusing because of the multitude of characters involved. Had the story contained a trinity of characters from each group instead of all of them, it would probably have been more enjoyable. The twist at the end of the book regarding the nature of Pandora's Box is excellent and is something that is hard to predict.

The art is fantastic throughout but the writing styles of the different books don't mesh well together, even though they are good in their own right.

Definitely buy this book to lead into Forever Evil.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 May 2014
This graphic novel consisting of 12 issues put together in one volume is amongst the best dc tales I have read since the launch of 'The New 52'. You don't have to be a hardcore comic book fan to enjoy this although it helps to understand the intricacies.
So what's it about?
Basically a long long time ago Pandora is one of three (the trinity of sin?) who was sentenced to a circle of wizards to walk the Earth in eternal torment observing the horrors that she was purportedly responsible for. Her crime - opening Pandora's box and unleashing the seven sins upon the world. As the centuries have passed by Pandora has come to believe that the seven sins can be returned to the box - their prison, but only by one of the purest or darkest of hearts. Pandora sets her sights on Superman.
Needless to say things go wrong and this is the catalyst for a storm pitting the Justice League against the Justice League Of America, justice League Dark and so forth.
There is no happy ending here folks and essentially what this boils down to is a prelude to the Forever Evil saga. But that is a different story.
You will not be disappointed by this book although in my opinion a couple of the issues could have been done away with. Many characters play key roles such as John Constantine, Phantom Stranger etc.
Great purchase!
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on 16 July 2015
After reading volume 4 I almost didn't bother with trinity war.
Because the conclusion had already been revealed at the end in JL volume 4. I'm glad I did purchase this book in the end. Trinity war explains the whole story in a lot more detail. Not only that but, it reveals more on the backstory on characters like Pandora and, the phantom stranger.

A big chunk of the story is about wonder woman & batsman trying to find a way to help superman. In the end it turns out superman has been poisoned by a slither of kryptonite that's been lodged in his brain by atom. Who is really a member of the CSA (the crime syndicate of America) from earth 3.

Sometimes the storyline in trinity war would go of in odd directions and, ten go back to main story again.

Geoff johns does a great job with the writing yet again as always and, the artwork by ivan reis is pretty good aswell.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
The story running through Justice League #22 & #23, Justice League of America #6 & #7, Justice League Dark #22 & #23, Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1-3, Constantine #5, Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger #11 and `New 52 Free Comic Book Day Special 2012' is collected as Justice League Trinity War HC (The New 52) (Justice League (DC Comics)).

The story sequence is -
New 52 Free Comic Book Day Special 2012
Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1
Justice League #22
Justice League of America #6
Justice League Dark #22
Constantine #5
Trinity of Sin: Pandora #2
Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger #11
Justice League of America #7
Trinity of Sin: Pandora #3
Justice League Dark #23
Justice League #23

The story itself is actually very good, with spectacular artwork and very good characterisation, one of the better Geoff Johns everything-and-the-kitchen-sink epics, though this one is at least confined to Earth (and heaven (with a small 'h') as it is non-denominational). I say Earth, I suppose I should specify which one, but I'm not sure which Earth the New 52 takes place on, as Earth One is being used for an `Elseworlds' series, Earth 2 is the new Earth Two, and Earth Three is the home of the Crime Syndicate.

NO SPOILERS (as such) HERE
Anyway, we begin 8,000 years ago, when a council of wizards is punishing three people for their evil deeds - the `Trinity of Sin' of the title, we are led to believe - one of the three becomes the being we know as the Question, one becomes the Phantom Stranger (though what he's doing getting punished six thousand years before he commits his crime is anyone's guess), and the third is Pandora, who had stumbled upon the celebrated box, picked it up, and triggered the release of the Seven Deadly Sins. Picking something up you accidentally stumbled over is apparently a crime when wizards are in charge - a good think we live in a secular world (well, most of us who read comics do). Anyway, Pandora spends the next 8,000 years gaining skills to help her fight the evils she has unwittingly released, until today, when she goes looking for the Box, which Steve Trevor has acquired for ARGUS. She now believes that if it is touched by someone who is purely good (or purely evil), the box will reclaim the evil spirits that were released from it. She steals the box from ARGUS and hands it to Superman, as she believes his innate goodness with be the trigger for the box. Instead he throws a wobbly and apparently kills Doctor Light... which sets a big furore in motion involving the two Justice Leagues. Now, we discover that there is a Secret Society at work behind the scenes who are also up to something, and they kidnap Madam Xanadu right at the start so that she won't be able to interfere in what is going on. Wonder Woman thinks that magic is involved in Superman's problem, so she goes looking for the Justice League Dark, which pulls them into the story. There are a number of strands that spread out across the various titles, but they all come back together quite neatly for the finale, which becomes the starting point for the next Big Event; To Be Continued.

NOW THE SPOILERY BITS
Actually, these are more in the way of a few questions and observations for those who have read the book. I note that Batman (and I) seems to be the only ones that don't agree with `evil' being a force that infects people. These demons that Pandora sees may be something that can infect people, of course, but surely they are not the source of all the ills that affect the Earth. Is it simply my Autism that stops me from accepting the illogicality of this part of the story? Secondly, at the end, when the true nature of the Box is revealed, have they skated over the meaning and origin of those demons, as the next wave of trouble is revealed - or, hopefully, will that be explained in the next storyline? Time, as they say, will tell.

SAFE TO READ AGAIN
As I said above, this is a very good story, with spectacular artwork and very good characterisation, a proper, old fashioned `Crisis on Earth 52', even if the various Leagues are all from the same planet. [See no spoilers there, no, none at all...]
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2014
does not disappoint. amazing artwork
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 January 2015
Lots of faffing about, for a pretty stupid ending
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Not Bad! But I expected more! the history is not bad but is not great! The designers and inker are good!
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2014
This story is so crap all the anticipation just for it to be a door to another dimension.. I don't really get it, its been around for thousands of years just for one day in present time to be used to transport the crime syndicate from a different dimension? Pandora literally did not even need to be in the story as in the end the whole Pandoras box ended up being not what it was. I feel it was just filled with pointless story's and to be honest id skip reading this one and just read JL vol 4 as it cuts out loads of crap and gets more to the point.. that it didn't really make much sense. Why do Dc just go over and over the same stories just in slight different ways they hardly ever come up with anything fresh and new these days
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 February 2015
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