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Crisis on Earth New 52,
This review is from: Justice League Trinity War HC (The New 52) (Justice League (DC Comics)) (Hardcover)
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
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...]