Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Injustice 2 #4 Review

Story: Tom Taylor
Pencils: Bruno Redondo
Inks: Juan Albarran
Colors: Rex Lokus

Previously in Injustice: The story is set within an alternate version of the Justice League’s universe.  In this reality, Superman becomes a tyrant and establishes a new world order after the Joker tricks him into killing Lois Lane and destroying Metropolis with a nuclear bomb. In an effort to stop this, Batman summons counterparts of the League's members from another universe, including his own and Superman's, to join his insurgency and end the totalitarian regime. 

Superman v Batman

The issue opens with Superman imprisoned in a cell surrounded by special red lights emulating a red sun, rendering Superman powerless.  Superman and Batman battle each other with words, Superman pointing out even as an alien he’s more human than Batman is, and insults his character, reminding him he’s just a scared little boy that couldn’t stop two bullets.

Batman v Harley

Necessity dictates new alliances in this alternate timeline, and one such example is the team up of Batman and Harley Quinn.  Even in this reality, Harley is still the ultimate wild card and goofball, telling Batman he doesn’t even need to ask, she won’t be his sidekick but she might let him call her Robin.

Harley v Deadshot

Back at the Arrow Cave Quiver, the former home of Green Arrow, Harley Quinn is attacked by Amanda Waller and her militia.  Harley is just about to escape when a well-place shot to the shoulder from Deadshot takes her down.  When she wakes, Harley discovers she’s been recruited to the Suicide Squad along with Calendar Man, Orca, Killer Moth, Clock King, Man-Bat, Captain Cold, El Diablo, Deadshot, Polka-Dot Man, Magpie, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc and Katana.

Dr. Fate v Suction Cup Arrows

Meanwhile, on another Earth, Dr. Fate visits Green Arrow, Black Canary, and their son Connor with some news.  The previous twist of fate that once threatened Black Canary’s life has passed, and it’s safe for her to return to her world as Superman has been defeated and Batman needs their help to rebuild.

Batman v Everybody

The book ends with Harley warning Amanda it was dumb to cross the world’s greatest detective, and no matter how well she covered her tracks, Batman will still find her.  Right on cue, Batman enters the room but he is packing some serious heat as he whips out dual assault rifles from beneath his cape and opens fire on Amanda Waller and the Suicide Squad, but with his eyes glowing a mysterious red, is this really Batman after all?

Next:  To be continued!

The Verdict:  Every comic book and video game fan I know is beyond excited for Injustice 2, the video game, to release on May 16.  This book is the prequel to the storyline that will be explored in the upcoming video games Story Mode.  Alternate realities and warped versions of the heroes we know and love are always an interesting read because anything can happen and usually does. Despite the fact the entire story line of the Injustice series is set into motion by the murder of a pregnant Lois Lane, another misogynistic and over-used plot device where a woman is brutally killed to further the story of the man, I love this alternate take on the Justice League and look forward to learning more about what is happening in this world as the series and game releases.

7 / 10 

Noah O'Toole | NCR

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