The dynamics have been pretty old school in their setup; bad guys have a plan, good guys pick sides, heroes search the globe for mystery object, big reveal, conclusion, and again, it's working well here in Trinity War.
In fact, due to the rapid nature of this story, I am looking forward to Villains Month far more now than I was previously. The set up has been wonderful, particularly knowing that the status quo of the entire DCU will be affected coming out of this for an entire month, maybe longer.
While this is another installment of Trinity War, the greatest benefit to that is that a larger audience is now being exposed to Mikel Janin's work here in JLDark. Since the first issue two years ago, he has been turning in some of the most consistently beautiful pages across any book, at any publisher, and it's high-time his work becomes more high-profile.
While reading this issue, all I could think was, "man, I need to try and buy up a ton of these pages before his original art is out of my price range." It really is that spectacular.
I question DC using Doug Mahnke's art for the cover, it seems like such a slight to Janin, particularly considering he did the variant cover for this issue, so it isn't like time was the concern. It is Janin's book after all, he's been the artist on it since day one.
Another good installment of Trinity War, and the last for this title.