Comic Review: Injustice: The Gods Among Us Vol. 1 – Tom Taylor

Release Date: November 19th 2013
Published By: DC Comics
Pages: 192
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Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Synopsis: From the makers of Mortal Kombat comes the critically acclaimed prequel comic to the smash hit fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us!

Things in the DC Universe have changed after Superman is tricked into destroying the one thing he loves the most. Now unwilling to let crime go unpunished, the heroes of our world must choose if they are with Superman or against him. But not every country will submit to his new world order and neither will Superman’s greatest threat—Batman!

Review: Thank you to DC Comics for this Advanced Readers Comic of the first volume of Injustice.

Being a big fan of the PS3 game of the same name, I was really keen to read this graphic novel. The story is the prequel to the game essentially and tells us what happened before the game takes place.

I love that so many of my favourite characters feature in this comic – Batman, Joker, Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn Superman, Flash, Green Lantern to name a few.

Lines become blurred between good and bad when Superman loses control. A pregnant Lois is killed by the Joker, and Superman is out for revenge on everyone and everything. The rest of the justice league have a difficult decision to make. Are they going to stand by and watch Superman wreck havoc on the world or are they going to take a stand against the worlds strongest man?

The graphics did the job, but weren’t my favourite of the comics I have read previously. To me, they didn’t feel as polished or as defined as others that I have loved in the past. That being said, they were fine and they didn’t effect how I felt about the storyline overall – but it did change how I rated this graphic novel overall. Instead of 3.5 I probably would have bumped it to 4 or 4.5 for the graphics. I won’t lie in saying I get really excited over great illustrations. Every artist is different and there’s always going to be art I don’t love though I figure.

Harley Quinn, whilst not a major character, proved to me why I love her so much. She goes from making me laugh one moment (fake moustache – love it), and leads me straight into the feels in the next. Her erratic and crazy ways are why we love her, and we can’t help but feel sorry for her sometimes. I don’t think she always wants to be bad – but she does love the Joker unconditionally, and we all know he is a bad bad man.

The Flash gets a special mention from me in this one – he’s not usually a character I care too much for one way or the other, but Australia does get featured a fair bit in this comic, which is kinda awesome, since that never normally happens. So not only does The Flash apparently love to run laps of the Nullabor desert, the Justice League grace the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne. So that made this girl pretty happy!

Wonder Woman and Superman have an interesting dynamic in this one… Superman has just lost Lois, the love of his life as well as his unborn baby, and Wonder Woman is already trying to sink her claws in. Geez, calm down lady! haha However, I will give her credit for standing by Superman whilst he’s going through some amazingly tough times. We very rarely ever see a vulnerable or weak side to Superman, since he is virtually indestructible. This is probably the most emotional book I’ve read involving Superman. They work together in tandem throughout this story which in turn strengthens their bond.

All in all, I really enjoyed this first installment, and I am looking forward to reading more Injustice. The point where this graphic novel finishes leaves us in a really interesting place, and so I’ll definitely be continuing this series.

Probably not a graphic novel that I’d recommend to someone who is not at least a little well verse in the DC Universe (There are other comics out there that are better suited for first time readers like any of the New 52 titles by DC Comics), however as someone who has delved into this world quite a bit now, I can say it was really well written.

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