Trinity War

Trinity War

This was hyped as the first big crossover event of the New 52, the culmination of two years of foreshadowing…
…which turned out to the be not quite true: it’s not the culmination of anything – it’s actually the prologue to Forever Evil.

Also, every single issue of this storyline is collected in the Trinity War hardcover. The purpose of this reading order is to help show which issues appear in which volumes of the regular series titles. It can be found here on the timeline.

Prologue
Free Comic Book Day 2012 #1 Trinity of Sin – Pandora, vol.1: The Curse
Justice League: Trinity War
Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1 Trinity of Sin – Pandora, vol.1: The Curse
Justice League: Trinity War
The Trinity War
Justice League #22 Justice League, vol.4: The Grid
Justice League: Trinity War
Justice League of America #6 Justice League of America, vol.1: World’s Most Dangerous
Justice League: Trinity War
Justice League Dark #22 Justice League Dark, vol.4: The Rebirth of Evil
Justice League: Trinity War
Constantine #5 [1] Constantine, vol.1: The Spark and the Flame
Justice League: Trinity War
Justice League #23 Justice League, vol.4: The Grid
Justice League: Trinity War
Trinity of Sin: Pandora #2 [2] Trinity of Sin – Pandora, vol.1: The Curse
Justice League: Trinity War
Trinity of Sin: The Phantom Stranger #11 Trinity of Sin – The Phantom Stranger, vol.2: Breach of Faith
Justice League: Trinity War
Justice League of America #7 Justice League of America, vol.1: World’s Most Dangerous
Justice League: Trinity War
Trinity of Sin: Pandora #3 [3] Trinity of Sin – Pandora, vol.1: The Curse
Justice League: Trinity War
Justice League Dark #23 Justice League Dark, vol.4: The Rebirth of Evil
Justice League: Trinity War

Notes:

  1. A largely pointless side-story involving Constantine and Shazam. Can safely be skipped.
  2. A side story tracking Pandora and foreshadowing Forever Evil, but not strictly necessary.
  3. A side story that confusingly refers to itself as occurring both after and before Justice League Dark #23.

Goin’ to Gotham

Is it just me, or has Gotham City suddenly become the tourist Mecca of the New DC Universe? This confuses me somewhat. For a city that’s routinely described as a wretched hive of scum and villainy, of crumbling ethics and infrastructure, with no visible tourist attractions beyond the Bat-Signal, it’s ludicrously popular as a place to visit.

I mean, this is a city whose native wildlife is probably the only such fauna to be more dangerous than that of the Australian Outback. It’s a place where bright colours are a sign of imminent danger, and dark colours a sign that danger will soon be imminent. It’s a city where they call the wind “the Razor”. Who in their right mind would ever want to go there?
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Timeline Watch: the New DC

Welcome to the first installment of an occasional series on comics and continuity. Today’s column concerns itself with the newly-rebooted DC Universe – which started again not quite from scratch back in September. Now, two months in, it’s time for a little analysis.
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