“Rise of the Batmen” concludes with our team of heroes taking down the Colony thanks to the quick thinking, and risk taking, of Red Robin who makes himself the target of all the Colony’s drones. His sacrifice saves the lives of hundreds in the city, but to do so Tim Drake will have to make the ultimate sacrifice… or so it would appear.
Detective Comics #940 allows Tim to go out in a blaze of glory while showcasing his loss to both Batman and Spoiler. Even if the epilogue clues readers in on the fact that our hero was transported out before his death, and is now the prisoner of an unknown enemy, as far as his teammates know Red Robin made his last stand. As big heroic sacrifices go, this one works pretty damn well.
Written and drawn by Francis Manapul, Trinity #1 focuses on the DCU’s big three: Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. The most low key of any number one issue following the Rebirth relaunch, the first issue of the new series involves Lois inviting Bruce and Diana to dinner at the farm in order to get to know them (and force Clark to do the same). After a brief misunderstanding with Supes, Jr., things calm down quickly and allow the group to spend some non-life-threatening time together.
The first issue of the comic proves to be a pleasant surprise. With these three characters providing the pillars of the new DCU it’s good to see them together in this kind of setting. Lois and Diana are able to touch on her feelings for her dead Superman without needing to get bogged down in Diana’s loss, while the two heroes are able to get a better feel for the new Kal-El in their world.
In the final issue of the relaunched series’ opening arc, Batman must deal with the deteriorating mental state of Gotham Girl who struggles to understand and deal with her partner’s recent demise. A super-human with a thin grip on reality (she continues to talk to Gotham as if he is still present) but who is still continuing to serve the city and dispense fair justice makes for an unusual problem for Batman to solve.
Although the comic’s solution to this brings up several logical and logistical questions which put Batman’s secret identity at risk in public (both in his discussions with Alfred and in choosing to remove his cowl on a rooftop where any number of people, or satellites, might see), the emotion of the plot is quite strong and deals with Bruce Wayne’s own loss without delving the comic into grim and gritty territory or relying on the overused flashbacks of that night in crime ally.