Review – Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box #5
The biggest shame of Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box is that it’s a prequel of sorts for Top Cow’s red hot Artifacts, but due to delays it’s still going on. It’d be a stronger series if it had kept the schedule it should have. But, that being said, its poor form to judge a series based on when it comes out, especially one so entertaining. Written by Bryan Edward Hill and Rob Levin with pencils by Facundo Percio the story focuses on three artifact bearers. One empowered with fire, one with ice and a third with Pandora’s Box, which I’m still not quite sure what it does.
The ARTIFACTS lead-in series reaches its penultimate issue!
The End of Days has come! When Elias and his Disciples of Adam unleash the dark power of Pandora’s Box, a terrifying villain is let loose upon the Earth. Will Glori and Finn rise to stop Armageddon, or will their compulsion to destroy each other doom millions of innocent lives?
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 (Book of Eli, TURF)!
The issue really is one big giant fight issue with the two pseudo heroes forced to face each other by the bad guy. That parts all about the art and action. What’s great though is the ending, completely unexpected and not where I thought it’d go, it’s kept me on my toes to check out what the sixth issue brings.
As a whole this is one of those issues that are hard to judge on their own. It’s one issue in a six issue series. Each issue is an important part of the story, and the story would fail without one of those issues. For people who haven’t been keeping up with the series, you can definitely skip it, but for those who’ve read the previous four, I think you’ll enjoy it.
Plot: The story is straight forward and Hill and Levin have done the usual fight issue between the good guys (before they eventually take on the bad guy). It’s a decent with some parts towards the end I wasn’t expecting. None of its ground breaking, but it’s vital for those reading the entire series. Rating: 7.5
Art: Percio’s art is fantastic. There’s a certain style and expectation with a Top Cow book and this one delivers. The colors and shady are solid and between the art and plot, I think the art wins out in this one. Rating: 8
Overall: For those reading Artifacts or if they’re big fans of Top Cow, definitely pick this series up. If you’re not, overall it’s probably one to skip. As was explained at Baltimore Comic Con, these limited series are written as a piece of a bigger story, entertaining on its own, but also enhances the bigger picture. So far its five issues have been good, but this overall falls into the latter of enhancing the bigger picture plot of the Top Cow universe. Overall rating: 7.75
Page count: 32 pages Price: $3.99 Release: 1/26/11
Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.