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Review: Broken Trinity #1

Posted by Sarah LeBoeuf On July - 22 - 2008

Last week, TheQuarterbin got a chance to read the first issue of Broken Trinity, as well as talking to writing Ron Marz about Top Cow‘s upcoming summer event. So what exactly happens when the Top Cow universe merges in one big crossover event? Hit the jump for a full review, as well as some variant covers and preview art.

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Broken Trinity #1
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Stjepan Sejic, Phil Hester
Cover Artist: Stjepan Sejic, Dale Keown

In 2007, Top Cow released the First Born miniseries that featured a prominent birth and shook things up for Sara Pezzini, Jackie Estacado, and all of their associates. Now Broken Trinity is taking it even further, and doing so with the super team of Ron Marz, Stjepan Sejic, and Phil Hester. Broken Trinity looks to introduce some new things to the Top Cow universe–new characters, new Artifacts, and a whole new storyline that will affect the worlds of the Witchblade, the Darkness, and the Angelus. As Top Cow put it, “By the conclusion of the crossover, a major new player will be introduced into the Top Cow Universe, while at least one established character will be gone forever.”

Broken Trinity #1 kicks off the crossover nicely with a perfectly-paced, well-written, beautifully illustrated issue. It serves as a fitting introduction, with a brief history of what appears to be a new Artifact, a new guy in town who’s been keeping his eye on Sara and the baby, and a set-up for events to come. It’s a very enjoyable read, and once again Ron Marz delivers on his promise to make the series true to the Top Cow U, but also accessible to new readers.

I’ve gotten used to seeing the unique art style of Witchblade and The Darkness, and Stjepan Sejic and Phil Hester really deliver in Broken Trinity. I am really loving the fully-painted books, and each panel seems to have a little something extra there, something that makes it even more visually appealing than you would expect. Sejic and Hester obviously make a great team; as Ron Marz said, it’s “kind of like dating Megan Fox and Marissa Miller. Life is good any way you look at it.”

I’m really looking forward to seeing more of Broken Trinity, as well as seeing how this storyline affects the rest of the Top Cow universe. While some big events from other publishers can appear a little overwhelming with what seems like a million different crossover issues, Broken Trinity is contained within three main issues and three tie-in issues, so there’s no excuse not to be reading Broken Trinity this summer. The prelude to this event released on Free Comic Book Day had me looking forward to this for weeks, and thus far I have not been disappointed.

Broken Trinity #1 will be in comic shops this Wednesday, July 23. You may have missed out on other summer  comic book events, but this is one that you will want to get in on. I must admit, I’ve been sucked into the Top Cow universe, and I just can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.

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