Review: TRIO #1

Written by John Byrne
Art by John Byrne
Release Date: May 9, 2012


Bless IDW for giving us the real John Byrne again. He is doing some great old school work over there and they have returned to print some of his key creator-owned work. Trio is a straight-forward Fantastic Four analogue featuring three characters jokingly referred to as “Rock, Paper and Scissors” due to their powers.

Byrne does a decent job of introducing the characters and some measure of their non-hero lives. Given the nature of the starting point, much of this time is spent showing us how these character differ from Thing, Mr Fantastic and Human Torch. The writing, dialogue and art style is a throw-back to Byrne’s Marvel days. His layouts have changed, but there are few who draw costumed heroes as well or as larger-than-life as John Byrne on a good day. And this is a pretty good day.

The Fantastic Four analogue stretches a bit too far though as they fight a Namor analogue. I hope Byrne drifts from early F4 stories quickly or this will be an expensive way to get stories that are much more affordable in an Essential collection.

The Verdict: 7.5 / 10 with room to grow

Keith is co-host of the podcast We Talk Comics and is on the side of the X-Men.


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