And here's what Shawn has to say about the first company wide crossover for DC since relaunching almost 2 years ago.
The DC Comics summer event, Trinity War, officially begins with Justice League #22 written by Geoff Johns with art by Ivan Reis. Trinity War pits the Justice League teams against each other in all out war, while unbeknownst to the heroes, a mysterious threat looms unseen in the darkness. Justice League #22 kicks things into high gear early on with stellar action sequences and a huge roster of characters to enjoy.
When new superhero Shazam shows up in the DC Universe and inadvertently violates international law, the Justice League decides to take responsibility for correcting the situation. Traveling overseas to contain the new superhero, a heated conflict arises between the Justice League and Shazam. Things go from bad to worse when the JLA is sent in to bring the Justice League back home, leading to an all out war. Major repercussions will be felt by characters in the coming issues, as war is never without its casualties.
Things may not be as they seem though - it appears that there are other forces at work which may be pulling the strings from the shadows.
Justice League #22 has a massive 34 pages packed with story and action, though it doesn't feel like a long read. The book has a satisfactory blend of fight sequences and dialogue, allowing the story to progress smoothly page to page while keeping things visually interesting. Johns and Reis have a fantastic history together on John's decade-long Green Lantern run, making the two creators the perfect choice to launch part one of Trinity War.
Justice League #22 is new-reader friendly, though readers of last week's Pandora: Trinity of Sin #1 will have the added benefit of understanding Pandora's history in the DCU. Because Trinity War encompasses all of the Justice League teams (including JLA and Justice League Dark) we have a full roster of characters interacting with each other. Even better, you don't need to have read the individual character titles to enjoy part one of Trinity War.
Leading up to September's DC Comics Forever Evil month, in which all regular titles will feature villains instead of heroes, Trinity War has launched the DCU characters into a pretty fun conflict. How it will end is anyone's guess, though we'll get to find out at the end of August. Trinity War continues in Justice League of America #6 and Justice League Dark #22.
For the reader who wants it all, other Trinity War tie-ins include Trinity of Sin: Pandora, Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger and Constantine.
Thanks Shawn, I'd like to add I enjoyed this issue very much and am looking forward to future chapters. As a side note, Pandora #1 sold out of a very healthy order and I am currently waiting for 2nd prints to arrive in store. Make sure you don't miss any of the story by calling or e-mailing me at the store to request your copies.