I love "annuals." Sure they cost more, but it's the closest thing we get to "one-shots" nowadays, and there is something gratifying about having read a complete story from start to finish in one comic. It is especially satisfying when it incorporates some heavy hitters... and then makes them even heavier.
From the start, I wasn't overly impressed with Trinity like I was with Superman, but I learned to give the series patience, and it has ended up paying off. While allot was telegraphed early on about the direction that the series and the characters would take, it was worth the ride to get to the conclusion of the first year. I'm happy we get a chance to sit back and enjoy an epic battle before we start year two... I just wish it would have made more sense.
With Lex Luthor refusing to work with Circe and Ra's al Ghul, there is a new spot open for an evil threesome that is bent on getting rid of the the founding member of the Justice League. Circe has located something called "The Pandora Pits" on a Greek Island in the Aegean Sea and she has an idea on how they could be used against the Justice League. But she wasn't the only one who came to this island: Jason Blood arrives there too and he sees a mural that depicts our three favorite heroes in a not so flattering position.
Jason sends a magic message to Batman, and he pulls the heroes away from dinner in Gotham so they can investigate what has him all in a tizzy. Jason, however, meets up with some League of Assassins cannon fodder, so the demon Etrigan makes an appearance. Ra's manages to draw some blood which Circe helps find it's way into one of the magical pools. Etrigan is pulled under the surface... only to both the demon and his human host emerge separated.
Free of Jason Blood, Etrigan grows to monstrous size and begins tearing apart a populated Greek isle with a host of smaller summoned demons. The Trinity arrive in time to help stop what could become a global threat, and they fall into their familiar roles: Superman takes on the big bad guy, Wonder Woman deals with the large host of smaller bad guys, and Batman tires to figure out how to save the day.
While at the same time as Superman and Wonder Woman are battling the forces of chaos, age begins to set in to Jason, as the centuries of life are quickly pilling up on his mortal frame. Batman beelines to Jason and tries to convince he to bind the demon once more. Jason tells him that a large and powerful sacrifice must be made, and without hesitation all three heroes offer up themselves as payment.
However, Circe doesn't want the heroes to die trying to save the world from a crisis she created. No. She wants the heroes to die by... creating a crisis which will kill them... I don't know. Circe isn't the most consistent of deities. So she saves them and then transports her and Ra's away, and somehow manages to move Pandora's Pits to Antarctica... Where they are planning on greeting some new guests.
So this book might be the most cliched superhero comic I have read in a long time. From the predictable roles that everyone falls into to the super-villain not following through on killing the heroes because of petty and stupid reasons. I rolled my eyes, and not in a smirking smiley kinda way, at the ending of this book.
That said, I still enjoyed it. The art is great. The action incredible. YOU GET TO SEE SUPERMAN FIGHTING A GIANT DEMON. It was fun, and that is what an annual is supposed to be all about.
So, you know what this book get's a:
8/10 Severed Demon Heads
Because sometimes you just want some "action" in your Action Comics.