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Annotations for Trinity issue #27

I’m helping my pal Tom Bondurant out with annotations for the latest issue of Trinity. I’ll also be hosting Tom’s annotations for Trinity for the rest of the month until he and the Blog@ crew get set up in their new digs.

This issue seems a bit light on trivia (like last issue, as well, really), but we shall see what we shall see!

SPOILERS FOLLOW!

LEAD STORY

“Time to Suit Up” was written by Kurt Busiek, pencilled by Mark Bagley, inked by Art Thibert, colored by Pete Pantazis, and lettered by Pat Brosseau; Rachel Gluckstern, associate editor; Mike Carlin, editor.

In Brief: Charity and Rita discuss their next step while Morgaine and Konvict strike up a bargain.

Page 1

The book opens in the Arctic, where Konvict is on his way to meet up with Morgaine, who summoned him last issue. Morgaine and Enigma are in the Harteigen Mountains in Norway, and Konvict was in Mass-a-chu-setts, so he’s made up a lot of ground already.

We cut to Opal City, the home of Starman, where Rita and Charity O’Dare are dealing with the magic energy from last issue.

Page 2

We get a reminder that Charity is a fortune teller. Charity was an older DC character that James Robinson made into a supporting character in the pages of Starman, ultimately marrying her off to one of the O’Dares – a family of Opal City residents who were major supporting cast members in Starman.

Rita, our Tarot-reading heroine, is worried about the Worldsoul, the living embodiment of Earth, which is in bad shape due to the disappearance of the Trinity.

Page 3

St. Roch was the home base of Hawkman during Geoff Johns and James Robinson’s Hawkman series from a few years back. Carter Hall’s museum, Stonechat House, is in St. Roch.

The bad guys remind me of the Millenium Giants, but they are probably just nameless extra-dimensional bad guys.

The heroes on this page, courtesy of Tom’s annotations for previous issues, are:

– Vibe, a/k/a Paco Ramone, was created by Gerry Conway and Chuck Patton and first appeared in the aforementioned Justice League of America Annual #2. Vibe was killed in the line of duty in JLofA vol. 1 #258 (January 1987). He was survived by a brother, Joey … I mean, Armando, who also became a superhero (Reverb, then Hardline) with similar vibratory powers.

– Space Ranger, a/k/a Rick Starr, was created by Edmond Hamilton, Gardner Fox, and Bob Brown, and first appeared in Showcase #15 (July 1958). It’s a little surprising to see him in this context, since (in regular continuity) he lives in the 22nd Century. Either this is an ancestor or time travel was involved; and he’s visited our time previously, so it’s not out of the question.

– Triumph’s pedigree is a little tough to figure out. Wikipedia credits Mark Waid, Brian Augustyn, and Howard Porter with creating him. The Unofficial Triumph Chronology gives his first appearance as Justice League Task Force #16 (August 1994), which was written by Waid and pencilled by Sal Velluto. However, his 3-part “origin story” – the first one I remember where he really played a major role – was written by Christopher Priest and appeared in the September 1994 issues of the League’s books (Justice League America #92, JL Task Force #17, and Justice League International vol. 2 #68). Triumph, a/k/a Will McIntyre (sometimes MacIntyre), was a superhero with energy-based powers who, but for a quirk in the timestream, would have been a founding member of the Justice League. That’s right, he was the Sentry before the Sentry was cool. Also, he’s usually drawn with blond hair.

– Skyrocket, a/k/a Celia Forrestal, was created by Kurt Busiek and Tom Grummett for their original super-team The Power Company. She first appeared in the Power Company preview story in JLA #61 (February 2002).

– The Flash (Wally West) you all know.

Page 4

The Heywood Corps are a reference to Hank Heywood, Sr., a Golden Age hero known as Commander Steel who had powers due to mechanized components. He used those same components to keep his grandson alive (and also to make his grandson the hero known as Steel). Here, Heywood is using mechanized components to create the Heywood Corps of cyborg heroes.

Page 5

Carter Hall watches as various heroes try to stop the invasion of multi-dimensional baddies.

The heroes on this page are pretty straightforward – Luthor, Atom-Smasher, Power Girl, Hawkgirl and Black Orchid.

The only one I am unfamiliar with is Sky-Knight. Anyone know who Sky-Knight is?

Page 6

I don’t think we need annotations for Konvict meeting up with Enigma and Morgaine.

Page 7

Morgaine is most likely discussing her communication with Konvict in last issue’s second story, where Konvict discovered that the human he killed is alive in this reality.

Page 8

So we finally have a name for Konvict! Xalitan Xor, Warhound of the First Array!

Xalatan is a brand name prescription eyedrop. Xalitan’s eyes are so red he could probably go for some eyedrops.

Xalitan Xor is a pretty cool name – suitably pompous.

Page 9

Here we learn that the Trinity being taken from reality is not the ONLY thing messing with the Worldsoul. The Worldsoul could probably heal from simply the Trinity being yanked from it, but Morgaine and her terrible trio are still messing with reality, so it is like a wound that keeps getting poked at, never allowing it to fully heal.

Page 10

Here Rita confirms that the bad guys need her, so she and Charity have to figure out what to do next.

Page 11

I don’t think I need to annotate Carter’s nice speech debating whether it is a smart idea to risk this reality for a possible better reality.

Page 12

The Thanagar outfit that Gangbuster gives Carter here – where is it from? It looks different than Hawkman’s standard outfit.

In any event, there is a Troika once again – Morgaine, Enigma and Xalitan Xor!

SECOND STORY

“Here and There and Everywhere” was plotted by Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza, scripted by Nicieza, pencilled by Scott McDaniel, inked by Andy Owens, colored by Allen Passalaqua, lettered by Pat Brosseau; Rachel Gluckstern, associate editor; Mike Carlin, editor.

In Brief – The Trans-Volitional Man, Swashbuckler, Primat and the Tattooed Man escape captivity just in time to be recruited by Morgaine for her army.

Pages 1-2

This is the return of the Dreambound, first with Michael Cannefick, the The Trans-Volitional Man, who we first met in Trinity #8. We get some background info on Michael here.

Page 3

Here we see Michael slowly connect with the previous reality and his fellow Dreambound (nice little touch – unbound dreams, dreams…bound).

Page 4

We see Primat, also of Trinity #8, who was previously shown to be quite the reader, so it makes sense that she’d be reading in jail.

Page 5

Here is Swashbuckler, who first popped up in Trinity #9, working for Morgaine.

Page 6

Mark Richards, the current Tattooed Man, first showed up in Green Lantern Vol. 4 #9, by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver and Prentis Rollins. Richards was a former U.S. Marine who became a hit man, who claimed he was “redeeming” the sins of the men and women he killed. He showed up in Infinite Crisis as a member of the Secret Society of Super Villains, and he recently popped up in Final Crisis in a nice story with Black Lightning in Final Crisis: Submit.

Page 7-8

Here we see the others use Richards to bring back Hemi Kiwara, also introduced in #8, who was transformed in #10 to Sun-Chained-In-Ink, thus completing the four Dreambound members.

Page 9

Morgaine brings them back into the fold.

Page 10

Now we see the Dreambound leading the new army, including a number of major villains like Doctor Polaris, Eclipso, the Brain, Poison Ivy, Parasite, Gorilla Grodd, Ace from the Royal Flush Gang – who are the other three guys?

Okay, that’s it!

Tom, come back, Tom! This is hard!!

18 Comments

Considering that, oddly, Space Ranger spends the entire issue using telepathy-style thought-bubbles to communicate, and given the xenophobia of the JSI, I suspect he’s a very different DC character in disguise….

Stephane Savoie

December 4, 2008 at 7:22 pm

A good annotation with some useful refs. Could do a bit less with recapping the plot of the very issue it’s annotating, though.

>> The bad guys remind me of the Millenium Giants, but they are probably just nameless extra-dimensional bad guys.>>

They’re the Skully Horse Gods of Joom!

>> Anyone know who Sky-Knight is?>>

I do. Fabes does. Bags does. Mike Norton does…

>> The Thanagar outfit that Gangbuster gives Carter here – where is it from?>>

It’s not Thanagarian. As Gangbuster says, it’s Hawkman’s old costume, spruced up and refurbished. So it’s a new design.

>> Here we see the others use Richards to bring back Hemi Kiwara, also introduced in #8, who was transformed in #10 to Sun-Chained-In-Ink, thus completing the four Dreambound members.>>

They’ve transformed Richards into SCII, not really brought back Hemi…

>> Tom, come back, Tom! This is hard!! >>

It sure is! You didn’t annotate the reference to Reverb (though you mentioned him in Vibe’s description) and you misspelled Konvikt! Would Tom fall down on the job like that, eh? Would he?

Thanks for stepping in, though!

kdb

One of the characters on the last page is the current Crimson Avenger as made obvious by her guns and red bloody looking bullet hole. Oddly unlike the others she’s not really a villain.

She’s not really there, either. She was covered up by the caption but they didn’t have time to digitally remove her from the art.

kdb

Aha!

That makes sense, because I was thinking Crimson Avenger, as well, and it was odd!

“She’s not really there, either. She was covered up by the caption but they didn’t have time to digitally remove her from the art.”

Given the… rather odd… nature of her appearances and disappearances, that’s easy enough to explain away anyway. Good material if you guys are ever short on ideas for the backups, at any rate….

>> Good material if you guys are ever short on ideas for the backups, at any rate…>>

No worries about that. This book is pretty packed all the way to the end…

kdb

Just curious if anyone knows – is Charity O’Dare related to Whisper O’Dare?

If Whisper O’Dare is related to the O’Dares of Opal City, then Charity would be related by marriage. Or at least in this world — all we know in regular continuity is that she and Mason O’Dare were engaged.

Given that it’s comics, I’d expect there’s some connection between Whisper O’Dare and the Opal City O’Dare’s. And if there isn’t, since this is comics, where similar hairstyles can be used to create familial connections, there eventually will be.

kdb

“since this is comics, where similar hairstyles can be used to create familial connections”

And any two lesbians in Gotham City must turn out to be ex-lovers, and any two African superheroes in the Marvel Universe must just happen to have been childhood friends…

So, wait. Is Sun-Chained-In-Ink actually the Tattooed Man? Or did SCII just take over Mark’s body?

I think SCII is the Tatooed Man, who’s simply using the same powerset as SCI I, who is now dead.

And not that it’d stop comics writers, but it wasn’t Whisper O‘Dare, it was Whisper A’Daire.

Two more things:

1) I searched for Sky-Knight and came up with nothing? New character, Kurt? Or just a different version of someone we already know.

2) Off topic, but I loved the first issue of Marvels: Eye of the Camera. Can’t wait for the rest. :)

Looking at the 3 extra villains on the last page – The female could be either Queen Bee or Livewire (althought the coloring makes me think Queen Bee), one is Shrapnel, and I’m drawing a blank on the guy with the goatee.

“… I’m drawing a blank on the guy with the goatee.”

I’m thinking Dr. Psycho.

Thanks loads, Brian! I’m back from my trip and just read the new issue. I was wondering about Sky-Knight myself….

Regarding a Charity/Whisper connection: Whisper’s last name is actually spelled “A’Daire,” so I kinda doubt it.

And I thought the pale-skinned, pointy-eared dude in the Cuban prison was going to be a vampire from a one-off issue of Superman: The Man Of Steel — but then he turned out to be Eclipso without a hat. So see, these things aren’t necessarily that involved.

I’ll have to look up Mr. Goatee, though. Greg Rucka…? :-)

[…] – The Parasite is making his Trinity debut. The Queen Bee and Shrapnel had cameos in issue #27. […]

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