Published By: DC Comics
Written By: Tom Taylor
Illustrated By: Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, and Rex Lokus
List Price: $2.99
What does the world look like when its greatest superhero becomes the worst villain of all time and has to be taken down in the most unthinkable of ways? Now, what does this same world look like when tentative peace is severely disrupted by the entirety of the American government being brutally murdered?
This is the scenario our Injustice Batman finds himself in the midst of as he ponders the next steps. Ted Kord- the original bearer of the Blue Beetle mantle- is dead and it looks as if his successor Jaime was the one who was accidentally responsible for the death of the US government. Bruce Wayne is on trial as both billionaire playboy and night sky vigilante, for his alleged implication in a high profile murder. Why? Because the man Bruce hired to protect the guy is the one who murdered him.
Things are dark.
Everything is looking bleak.
The world of Injustice has something most other titles featuring mainstream characters lacks. Unpredictability. Anybody can get it at any time; the story is always precariously in danger of tipping into an entirely unforeseen direction. It’s haunting; it’s terrifying; it’s beautiful.
The way stories were meant to be.
My head was on a constant swivel between the dialogue and caption boxes, and then the artwork. I was like a giddy little kid, not knowing where I wanted to look first! That’s a good problem. We expect new things from new titles and characters, but when we get new from characters and storylines that we’re already familiar with, that ushers in its own special touch. The word usage did not disappoint in the slightest and, honestly, it almost didn’t feel like reading. It felt like I was just slicing effortlessly through the issue- the king’s royal blade bisecting a poignant stick of hot butter. We are never wanting for information and the various character voices all hold very strong notes of distinction; nobody’s tone bleeds into anyone else’s.
The illustrations are just lush with design quality. Two favorite scenes of mine involve Black Lightning, aka Jefferson Pierce, interacting with his daughters and Batman stopping a getaway vehicle in the most creative way. In the first, we see the mischief in Jefferson’s daughter’s eyes as she proudly exclaims how she electrified a ninja in the last issue. It’s so beautiful and manages to capture the family feel, despite the fact that America has just been thrust into severe instability. In the second scene, Bruce and the Judge are having a terse exchange via caption boxes while we see Batman fire a grappling hook into the ground from on top of the van, and then manage to flip it neatly and give the thug inside a face full of Bat-knuckle.
Just a really exciting story that delivered more than you might expect it to.
5 Skeets out of 5