This is how you wrap up a fast and furious event in six issues.
I've been saying for months now what an incredible book Justice League has become, and this final installment of Trinity War puts an exclamation point on that statement!
Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis have taken this title to another level now, and there's no turning back. What a great way to lead in to September's Villains Month.
Spoilers ahead, so if you haven't read this issue yet, come back after you do.
In this final issue of Trinity War, we learn that Pandora's Box isn't a magical artifact, but one built by science, the science of another earth. What we also discover is that that earth is Earth-3, and if you've been hanging around the DC Universe for some time, you might know what that earth is.
Before all that is revealed though, we find out that The Atom is not only a traitor to the Justice League, but to the JLA as well, and when she stabs people in the back, she does it big, and repeatedly. Turns out that Pandora's Box hasn't been what's making Superman sick, it has been the sliver of Kryptonite that The Atom wedged into a nerve in Superman's brain during the League's initial encounter with the JLA. If that wasn't shocking enough, The Atom also triggers a command that strips Cyborg's cybernetics from him, leaving him for dead, and they reassemble to form The Grid, a new machine that now serves...wait for it, the Secret Society has been setting this up with the help of Earth-3 butler, Alfred.
Wait for it...The Grid and the Atom are actually the first line of attack by Earth'-3's...
What a debut from the anti-Justice Leage from Earth-3...Just a jaw-dropper. It isn't often that I'm surprised by comics anymore after reading them for over three decades, but this one made the hair on my arms stand up.
It wasn't even the first splash of the Crime Syndicate that did it, but the preceding page where Earth-3 Aquaman comes through the portal opened by Pandora's Box, only to fall down dead from a wound in his back. Ivan Reis is such a master of that character, and he gave us a definitive, memorable image of him here.
This whole event has been an enjoyable sprint to the finish line, but to get an ending like this is satisfying beyond belief.
What a masterful stroke of comic book story telling by Geoff Johns and Jeff Lemire this has been. I'm more excited for Villains Month than I already was now.
Geoff Johns ladies and gentleman, he does it again.