Oh, it’s definitely the summer! It’s the time of year for the guilty pleasure: when the big two comic book publishers, Marvel Comics and DC Comics, flood the market with their various summer tent-pole series’. Man, didn’t AvX just finish? No? I’m thinking of Age of Ultron and all of its inherent spin-off comic book one-shots and new monthly titles then. Just when you’re getting fatigued from all of that, we have the upcoming Infinity series (which I’m eagerly anticipating).
But what, exactly, has DC Comics been up to in the two years since they proclaimed the New 52? They haven’t had a summer tent-pole yet, but all that changes today.
Buckle up, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages! Today, your guilty summer pleasure shall be aroused! Today brings a brand new tent-pole comic book series to the offing.
Today begins a war – a full two years in the making!
Written by: Ray Fawkes
Illustrated by: Daniel Sampere
Published by: DC Comics
Let’s go back to the beginning.
Two years ago, within the pages of the Flashpoint mini-series, Pandora revealed herself to the Flash, telling him that she needed to merge all of the various parallel universes of the DC Universe into one single entity, hence the “New 52” and the reboot of all of DC’s heroes and villains in September 2011. Pandora actually appeared in each of the first issues of every title that DC published that month. The company has been teasing the character – and her ultimate schemes and aims – ever since.
And all those teases have been leading up to the Trinity War, a storyline that runs throughout the pages of Justice League, Justice League of America and Justice League Dark over the next two months. And Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1 is the prelude. You see, there are three “sinners” in the DCU: Pandora, the character known as the Phantom Stranger, and a mysterious third who has taken the guise of the Question.
The Phantom Stanger already has his own monthly series and now Pandora, the character who essentially started the “New 52” finally gets hers. Ray Fawkes, writer of Justice League Dark and the new Constantine title, two monthly comic book series that dwell within the darker, stranger confines of the DC Universe, has been tasked with exploring Pandora, her history and her motivations. Although a new creation, she’s actually one of the oldest characters in the DC Universe, with ties to the Seven Deadly Sins, evil characters that are the personifications of the traits released from Pandora’s skull-shaped box, as well as Captain Marvel and the previously mentioned Justice League set of characters.
Back in May, we had a two-part interview with writer Ray Fawkes in which he shed a little light on the mystery surrounding Pandora. You can read that specific column here.
So make the run to your local comic book shop today. Find entertaining summertime absolution within the pages of DC’s first “New 52” summer event series, it’s prelude chapter, Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1!
Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!