In Review: Trinity of Sin: Pandora #3
The cover: The box that Pandora has desperately been searching for finally comes into her possession, only to have it shatter in her hands. Below her, Green Arrow, Batman and John Constantine look angered. Good cover by Ryan Sook, and I especially like the location of the box’s third eye. Overall grade: A-
The story: A flashback from the past opens this issue. Pandora is at Mount Song in 1330 where she is hoping an ancient master can teach her to kill the Evil she seeks (the personification of the Seven Deadly Sins). He says he will, but “…You will face the Flood and I pray you remember my words.” Then we’re back in the present where various Justice League members are battling for control of the box, as “…The Seven Deadly Sins float above unseen above them, reveling in the chaos.” Rather than focus on just the League in-fighting, writer Ray Fawkes wisely intercuts the fisticuffs with flashbacks to Pandora’s training over time. There’s also a nice appearance by Agents Chang and Kincaid, interviewing a supporting character who’s going to have to pay the piper or pay the price. Page 17 was a good character transformation–simple, yet appropriate: a “Duh” moment, if you will; as in, “Duh, why didn’t I think of that?” I was ecstatic at what occurred on Page 19; I’ve wanted this moment since Issue #1. This leads to a good “Now what?” moment, because the power levels have been changed, and I have such a burning question to ask about the repercussions of Page 19, but no spoilers. I’ll wait to see if Fawkes addresses it later. Overall grade: A-
The art: Penciller Daniel Sampere and inker Vicente Cifuentes do a terrific Pandora: no matter what time period she’s in, she looks great. In fact, I enjoyed the flashback sequences more than the present because they come off very elegantly. Who knew training to kill could look so cool? In the present, I’ve still got my grousing on the Sins’ appearances, but now I can add the male heroes to this list–they just don’t look great. Let me be more specific with a comparison: Sampere and Cifuentes create outstanding female heroes. As I page through the issue again I see that every woman looks great, but not so much the men. For example, the double-paged spread of 4 and 5: look at Captain Marvel’s face. It’s downright primeval. And his hairline has receded! Look at Aquaman’s pose–it’s not right. Hawkman, however, does look fine, but this is a generic pose for him. Go to Page 6 to see Frankenstein looking juvenile. The male heroes don’t appear too often in this issue, but when they do they just don’t measure up to the quality of the women. Overall grade: B-
The colors: Terrific job by Hi-Fi throughout the book, such as on Pages 1 – 3 and 9. I do like how each Sin has their own color which dominates a panel when they are in it. The final page is also done well with the two dominate colors. Overall grade: A
The letters: Dezi Sienty provides scene setting, dialogue, Sin dialogue, narration, gunshots, and “stuff” on Page 19. I would have liked some sounds as our heroes battle, as it was a mute confrontation. Overall grade: A-
The final line: A few speed bumps in the art but enjoyable nonetheless. Overall grade: A-
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 9th graders English for 19 years. He’s since moved to a high school where he’s taught 9th grade and currently teaches 10th 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.