Review – Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box #3

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Broken Trinity: Pandora's Box #3 COVA_stampedHmm, I’m a bit mixed on Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box #3Top Cow has shown in other series how you can have a great mix of action, character development and amazing art all in one package.  In this comic we get the action and the art, but the character development seems to be missing.  It’s not that I disliked this issue, it’s a big summer blockbuster.  The problem is, I’ve seen what they do in other series, and that great character aspect is missing here.

The ARTIFACTS lead-in heats up!
Elias and the Disciples of Eden are drawing closer and closer to Pandora’s Box, one of the 13 Artifacts, threatening to remake the world in their mad vision. Meanwhile Finn and Glori, the bearers of the Glacier and Ember Stones, race around the globe to beat the Disciples and each other to the same goal.

From newcomers Rob Levin (The Darkness: Shadows & Flame) and Bryan Edward Hill (Broken Trinity: Aftermath), and artist Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors). Featuring covers by Tommy Lee Edwards (1985, Turf)!

The comic is entertaining.  This is a Michael Bay movie in comic form, and some times that’s ok.  But with it tied in so well with Artifacts, it feels like I need a bit more.  That latter series very much has that great mix that this issue seems to have missed.

Plot: Written by Rob Levin and Bryan Edward Hill, this is an action comic, straight up.  Don’t expect great character development or much depth.  Instead it’s a race to get to Pandora’s Box.  Nothing more and nothing less.  There’s giant creatures and explosions and fantastic action, but that’s about it.  And that’s not necessarily a horrible thing.  Rating: 7

Art: The art by Alessandro Vitti is great and so much fun to look at.  My only issue is some of his characters look a lot alike, which at times makes it a bit difficult to figure out who is who, a little variation even in something like hair color would of gone a long way here.  Rating: 7.75

Overall: I liked the comic.  It’s entertaining, and does what it needs to do, which is continue the story and keep me engaged.  I was able to turn off my brain and just read something fun and full of action.  This is a summer popcorn movie in 32 pages, and that’s not a horrible thing.  Overall rating: 7.25

Recommendation: Read

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.99     Release: Wednesday 9/9/2010

Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.