<i>By <a href=http://www.twitter.com/graemem>Graeme McMillan, Newsarama Contributor</a></i> <p>If <a href=http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/04/18/more-on-dc-comics-trinity-war-semi-spoilers-and-jim-lees-fcbd-gate-fold/>rumors are to be believed</a>, DC's Free Comic Book Day release this year will not only advance the mystery of just who The New 52's mysterious hooded woman Pandora really is, but launch a storyline that will lead to a massive event storyline next year called "Trinity War." <p>But does that title mean what it immediately suggests, or something else? Here are some guesses as to which DC trinity might going to war in 2013. <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p>
Since the start of The New 52, we've seen various shady underground super-science divisions make secret plans that we don't know the full scale of, so would it really be <em>that</em> unexpected to discover that the various agencies are working at cross-purposes for reasons we can't understand and headed towards some kind of conflict...? <p>Perhaps even... a war?
Long before Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley's year-long mini about Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman, there was another DC series called "Trinity," based around the three main law enforcement agencies of deep space. <p>Only one of these three has made an appearance thus far in The New 52, but that doesn't mean that the others don't exist yet.
Again from the DC history books, the name "Trinity" may also be familiar to fans of the Post-Crisis <em>Flash</em> and <em>Suicide Squad</em> series as a signifier of a Russian super team. There were two, back in the day: Red Trinity and Blue Trinity, both of which caused significant problems for their American superpowered counterparts at the time. <p>What if the idea of a "Trinity War" has more to do with a war waged by a trinity than a trinity <em>at</em> war?
The DC Universe has more trinities than the one that everyone thinks of immediately. For example, its trinity of long-lasting superhero teams: Each of these three teams has been in fairly continuous publication continually for the last almost-50 years, run into each other on a number of occasions (normally involving the future of humanity/the Earth/something of a similar scale) and generally acted as a core piece of the DCU in whatever state it's in. <p>If these three teams came to blows, that would be a big deal.
And talking of historic DC trinities, what about the first three parallel Earths to have been revealed? We know that there's both an Earth 1 and Earth 2 in The New 52, so what's to stop there being an Earth 3 as well, complete with a villainous Justice League (well, Crime Syndicate) waiting in the wings, waiting to invade "our" Earths and start interplanetary (and inter-dimensional) warfare...?
While we're on the subject of DCU planets, maybe we should be looking elsewhere in the DCU solar system for a clue about the trinity in question. <p>After all, Darkseid was the character that brought the Justice League together, and we know from experience that whenever he's around, Highfather and the New Gods of New Genesis are never that far behind. With Darkseid and the Justice League apparently mixing it up on a semi-regular basis according to the latest issue of <em>Justice League</em>, we're overdue from a visit from the New Gods, surely... and that's the kind of thing that epics should be made out of.
Come to think of it, isn't the DCU in the middle of an alien invasion of two since it became The New 52? Certainly, series like <em>Grifter</em>, <em>Voodoo</em> and even <em>Superman</em> would suggest that there's an extra-terrestrial presence making suspicious moves towards nefarious aims that just might rhyme with "Shmorld Schmomination." <p>But... Darkseid already seems to have laid claim to this world with the Mother Boxes, Parademons and Boom Tubes of the first <i>Justice League</i> arc. So what if those two forces decide to fight out their differences, with all the superheroes trying to keep as much of the peace as possible?
As the last couple of issues of <em>Justice League</em> have shown, the new JL(formerly of A) are quite a tight-knit group who enjoy something akin to worship from the world at large... which not only seems like a danger from the point of view of separating them from the world they're protecting, but also could put them in conflict with Stormwatch, who does the same kind of thing as the JL, but with far less congratulations or official funding. <p>What would happen if the public turned on the League... or if the League went rogue and had to be brought down by Stormwatch?
The back-up strip in <em>Justice League</em> #6 added some new background about Pandora, including a connection to the Phantom Stranger that suggested that he was Judas, the character from the Bible who sold Jesus out for thirty pieces of silver. <p>With Pandora's name suggesting that she also has classical heritage, is it possible that <em>Trinity War</em> could have some draw for classics scholars who aren't against seeing their subject matter adapted for new pop culture thrills? And if that's the case, who could the third member of the trinity turn out to be? Perhaps we should be expecting a new DCU version of the Devil to appear sooner rather than later.
The trinity that everyone already knows about. Yes, they're DC's most well-known characters, and the ones who used to have a weekly miniseries that underscored their status as DC's favorite threesome. <p>There's certainly <em>Avengers vs. X-Men</em> marquee value to pitting these three characters against each other, but... haven't we already seen this conflict play out multiple times, already? Wasn't the rift between these characters the basis of <em>Infinite Crisis</em> six years ago? If we really <em>are</em> headed towards a "Trinity War," let's hope that we're not going to be treated to months and months of plots and character arcs that we've seen in recent memory.