In Review: Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1

The cover: This is the way an event cover should look! The main character clearly seen and behind her all the DC heroes that she’ll be interacting with this month. The coloring should also be mentioned. Having the primary character brighter than the menagerie behind her makes her the first thing a reader sees. Ryan Sook has created a poster worthy cover. Well done! Overall grade: A

The story: This origin titled “Three Million Days” opens in 8000 BCE and Pandora finds an interesting golden skull. Holding it up, the skull’s eyes glow, Pandora’s third eye opens on her forehead, and the seven deadly sins escape. Her village is destroyed by these beings/creatures/spirits and she is summoned to the Rock of Eternity for judgment, being labeled one of the Trinity of Sin. She is made “…eternally undead. To wander (the Earth) to witness the ruin (she) had brought forth, and to feel it with the whole of (her) being.” And so she does for the next ten pages. Writer Ray Fawkes does what he can to jazz up this endless road trip around the world, as she tries, unsuccessfully, to stop the sins, learning skills physical and mystical, but it’s a drag. The last three pages have her in the present where she’s given a cosmic apology that doesn’t help and a new goal: to relocate the box and find the Earth’s most powerful beings to help her rid the world of sin. This is a long way to go to establish a premise and I just didn’t care for Pandora’s plight. This character didn’t need a spelled out origin for 20 pages. Overall grade: C

The art: DC’s big push this summer is the Trinity War crossing into all the Justice League titles. You would think that the “prequel” to this major event would be drawn by one artist. Zander Cannon did the layouts for Pages 1 – 7 & 16 – 20, Daniel Sampere was the penciller for those pages, while Vincente Cifuentes inked them. Patrick Zircher was the sole artist for Pages 8 – 15. Going old school, the trio’s work looks a little like Pat Broderick’s work, while Zircher’s resembles Jerry Bingham’s style. Separate, they look okay, together they look like two different artists on one book. I preferred Zircher’s work simply because of the many historical settings he got to illustrate. Pride’s appearance on Page 10 is gorgeous, but the rest of the spirits’ attire is unintentionally humorous: bowlers and top hats? Who okayed that? When the design of a malevolent entity is defined by his headgear it’s time to bring the subtlety of Lorenzo Semple, Jr. back to comics. The trio bake their spirits look a little better, but they are very adept in their backgrounds (Pages 16 and 18) and Pandora looks great! I’m mixed in my feelings toward this art because the style are so dissimilar and I can’t understand why one artist couldn’t be hired to do 20 pages. Overall grade: C+

The colors: Hi-Fi does a really good job with the colors in this book. I liked how when the sins were released each was given a color. I wanted to see this played out throughout the book, like having their speech balloons be the same colors, but that didn’t happen. Maybe it would have been too similar to the Green Lantern titles? Anyhoo, the travels through time look great and throughout it all Pandora’s cloak sets her apart from all others. One question: Page 4, Pandora is crying violet tears? That’s a first. Overall grade: A

The letters: Good job by Dezi Sienty and dialogue and narration, but the screams and wails have got to be bigger. It becomes comical when the visual is of total pain and the outburst so tiny. For example, the top of Page 3 and the second panel of Page 14–look at all the dead space in that panel that a true scream would have filled. Overall grade: B

The final line: This is an unnecessary origin that creators like Jack Kirby, Jim Starlin or John Byrne could have covered in one page, if they had wanted to. This created no empathy for this character. A superfluous book. Overall grade: C

 

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyers Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years, and only recently has been teaching 9th graders English. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.

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