Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Jheremy Raapack
Maybe instead of the new 52, DC should just look into making all of their titles crossovers to other properties. I remember being a huge fan of the Batman Arkham Asylum/Arkham City tie-in comics (and art that surpasses the in-game stuff to boot), and Injustice: Gods Among Us continues to be one of the more entertaining books DC puts out.
Part of it of course the writers, Tom Taylor in this case, are allowed to play with the DC Universe as they see fit since it doesn’t mess with the continuity at all. In this series, we’ve seen Superman kill Lois Lane (With some prodding from the Joker), Superman kill the Joker, the Joker blow up Metropolis, a potential war between Aquaman and Atlantis vs the Justice League and a lot more. And this is all in the first 13 issues. It packs more content than years of some comic series!
This issue finally shows down the action for a bit, but is just as impactful. During a talk show held hostage by Two-Face, Superman makes a somewhat unexpected trip to Gotham. As Batman, Nightwing and Robin (Damian Wayne) watch on for the Bat-cave, Batman deciphers Superman’s true mission while listening to his impromptu interview. Before he can jet into action though, Batman exchanges words with Robin as he believes Superman and the League’s actions are just.
The issue ends with a soft climax, but one that gets me extremely excited to check out the next issue. Though I’m not quite sure when this series will end, I imagined it would have been this week since the game it leads into has been released, but minor pet peeve and doesn’t impact the quality at all.
While I’ve enjoyed the story presented in Injustice, the art has always been a mixed bag. Won’t retread some of my complaints too much such as the costume designs, which are awful in the comic and the game, but there hasn’t really been a consistent look to the books since each issue seems to be done by a different artist. Granted, it helps get these books out in a timely manner, but it’s just so jarring to go from liking to disliking to being indifferent to the look of a book from issue to issue.
This book falls into the indifference camp for the most part. The facial features are a bit exaggerated, but I feel a lot of that comes from the fact that characters are wearing their emotions on their face throughout the book. The detail isn’t the greatest, but again can excuse just due to how quickly these books come out. It isn’t bad, it’s just nothing special either.
New Reader Accessibility: Wiki-Friendly- These books pretty much stand on their own, and they recap most major events during the interview with Superman, but it is still the 14th issue so may want to check up on some things before reading.
Score 6 (out of 7)- A fun read and a fun little series. Don’t go in expecting top notch story-telling, but it knows how to embrace it’s level of insanity well. Wish the art was better.