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By Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley

But let's talk about the dreams. Dreams of power, just waiting to be plucked... Power that would shake the firmaments, which admittedly doesn't sound as ominous in the plural as I'd hoped... but still, power enough to reorder the very nature of reality.

Trinity (2008) was a 2008 maxi-series written by Kurt Busiek and Fabian Nicieza and illustrated by Mark Bagley, focused on the “Trinity” of The DCU: Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman (although every major hero appears at some point). It is unrelated to 2016 comic-book “Trinity”, although both series revolve around the bonds between the Big Three.

Morgan Le Fay, Enigma (the antimatter universe Riddler) and Despero realize the Earth's three greatest heroes are a “trinity”, keystones to immense cosmic power, and the symbols of Tarot can be utilized to steal that power and change the universe itself.

With this goal in mind, they and their pawns engage the world’s heroes over and again until they manage brand Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman with Tarot symbols. The three heroes are subsequently erased from history as the villains take their places.


With the Trinity no longer present in the universe, history rewrites itself. The new world is a darker and edgier place, and the reality itself is severely unstable.

Only six individuals with close ties to the missing heroes (Lois Lane, Kara Zor-El, Alfred Pennyworth, Dick Grayson, Donna Troy and Thomas Tresser) keep vague recollections of how the universe was meant to be, and come together to find the Trinity and bring them back before their own dimension falls apart.

Unrelated to the 2016 DC Rebirth self-named series.



  • A God I Am Not: Alfred and his crew are initially mistaken for gods by the inhabitants of a parallel reality because they look right like their gods, speak their language and display amazing abilities. Alfred dissuades them as soon as possible.
  • Aroused by Their Voice: Batman's phone voice is sexy; or so thinks Linda West.
    Wally West: Jai and Iris are home, Linda says hi. She also says you have the sexiest phone voice ever, Bruce, which frankly, I didn't need to know.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: After being banished from their reality and transported to another universe, Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman become their new dimension's Trinity and assume power as gods. At the end of the story they become “normal” again.
  • Badass Boast: Supergirl delivers one when she saves a group of pilgrims from a band of highwaymen:
    Supergirl: It's called heat-vision, troll-boy. Like it? Now back off, and stand down. Or be taken down.
  • Bad Dreams: In the beginning Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman get together to talk about several strange dreams they keep having night after night concerning a prisoner intent on breaking free.
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    • Per usual, Supergirl provides a healthy dose of sarcasm.
      Lois: SUPERMAN! We need to talk—!
      Alfred: Ah, I fear, Ms. Lane, that they are not in a listening mood, at present...
      Supergirl: Hnh. And when are they ever? Didn't ask any of us if we wanted to be changed back, did they?
    • However Lois will not be undone by anybody in that department.
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: During the Final Battle, Krona has had it and tears Earth with his bare hands.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Enigma is a smug, manipulative bastard who deeply loves his daughter.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: At one point, Superman grabs the ankle of his anti-matter counterpart, Ultraman, and swings him face-first into the Wonder Woman analogue, Superwoman.
  • Intrepid Reporter: During the climax, heroes and gods battle viciously in the middle of the Arctic, tearing up the landscape. Yet still Lois Lane risks her life to get the story.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Most of the world’s heroes and villains make an appearance.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: In the altered universe Hawkman defends the League’s actions stating that they did what was needed to save lives.
  • Military Superhero: The Justice Society of America becomes a military organization after the reality shift that occurs when the Trinity disappears, and Kara Zor-El's backstory gets retconned so her pod was found by Navy S.E.A.Ls and she grew up to become a superpowered agent for the President of the United States code-named "Interceptor".
  • Mirror Universe: Enigma comes from Antimatter-Earth, and the Crime Syndicate of Amerika make an appearance as well. The fact Enigma's a villain doesn't quite break the "rules" of Antimatter-Earth, because at the time Earth-Prime's Eddie Nygma was undergoing a temporary Heel–Face Turn.
  • Mythology Gag: Alfred and his team visit the Happy Harbor cave in which the JLA was first based.
  • Pluto Is Expendable: Defied in more ways than one in the first issue, in which John Stewart narrates that he arrived a bit late to the First Contact with Konvikt because he was busy stopping a comet from destroying Pluto.
    Stewart, narrating: It's still a planet to me.
  • Relocating the Explosion: In issue #14, the solar power of super-villain Sun-Chained-In-Ink has become out of control. Before he blows up and takes the entire planet with him, Supergirl takes him out of the planet and throws him far, far away where his inner star explodes safely.
  • Reset Button: At the end of the story, the Trinity restores the world, loses their powers and is reunited with their relatives and friends.
  • Squee!: Wally's kids are prone to do this:
    Policeman: Those kids you work with are shaping up pretty good.
    Flash: I'll tell 'em. They'll squee.
  • Tarot Motifs: Tarot symbolism is a significant part of the story, with various villains stealing mystical swords, staves, pentacles, and cups on behalf of the Big Bads, Egyptian tarot symbols appearing on Wonder Woman's shoulder, and a kidnapped tarot reader realising that Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman can be represented by most of the Major Arcana. It culminated in a spell by the Big Bads to access the power of the archetypes the Trinity represent, and claim their positions.
    • Also in Trinity, there was a Justice League Arcana and its Evil Counterpart, each hero/villain representing one of the major arcana for their side.
  • Title Drop: Every story (there are two per issue) is named for a snippet of dialogue.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Supergirl becomes highly-trained government agent Interceptor in the altered universe.
  • What Does She See in Him?: When some heroes meet Thomas Tresser and find out Wonder Woman is dating him, reactions are: "That's Tresser? And Wonder Woman's really going out with him?

Batman: Here, we face our problems. And we find a way to overcome them. That's what's needed here. Not being so perfect that there aren't any problems in the first place.


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