Injustice Year Two #1 (DC)


Rating: 5/5 – Exploring Superman’s continuing descent.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Gilad Levin.

Injustice was one of DC’s best and most consistent series of 2013. It delivered a great story every month, or week (depends on whether you were reading it as the on-line “Digital First” series or in the monthly print edition) and now it’s back after a short break to take off from where it stopped.

Injustice is a great story, based in the world of the Injustice video game.  Fun and humorous but writer Tom Taylor also knows when to get serious. This issue follows the death of a key character in #12 of the first series.  We see the fallout and consequences of the previous year’s concluding issue #12 and this story is handled with care and is told really well.

Superman also deals with the ramifications of his actions in the 1st series. His descent into the “monster” we’ve seen in the Injustice video game is told “slowly but surely” to illustrate the emotional toll the transformation is taking on him. He crosses lines time after time but always regrets it. Tom Taylor is telling a story about a Superman who still really wants to be Superman, but he’s a changed man now and he’s coming to some interesting conclusions.

Another great aspect of the story are the flashbacks. I liked the way they were utilized to tell the story. They were building up to Green Lantern’s moment to shine, but they also create some emotional weight by the end of the issue. Just to see Green Lantern and Black Canary facing each other in this issue gave me the chills.

I did find something funny with this issue, and I’m not sure if it’s on purpose or by accident- but Superman’s suit is starting to look more and more like his New 52 costume (and this is clearly not a New52 book)… Hmmm…  This new #1 is starting off Injustice Year Two with a bang and the future looks bright— um… grim…  

Reviewed by: Gilad Levin
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