Graphic Novel Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us, Vol. 2 by Tom Taylor
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Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 2 by Tom Taylor
Series: Injustice: Gods Among Us #2
Published by: DC Comics on 7/1/2014
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Media Tie-In, Video Game Tie In's
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About the Book:
From the makers of Mortal Kombat comes the critically acclaimed prequel comic to the smash hit fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us!
From the ashes of Metropolis comes Superman and the JLA's newest ally: Lex Luthor! Against all odds, he's not only survived but now embraces Superman's goals. Of course, Lex has his own ideas for how to create a better world. The Man of Steel trusts him, but can the rest of his allies be so sure?
I have never really been a big comic person. I don’t dislike them, I just never really got into them. And when I do get into the world of comics, I generally prefer Marvel. But holy cow. Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 2 was fantastic.
Injustice: Gods Among Us is set in an alternate universe wherein Lex Luthor and Superman are really good friend, Lois Lane is dead, Superman has killed the Joker, and Batman and Superman are at odds. Superheroes are taking sides and things are getting ugly. Batman is 100% against any lives being lost, while Superman has come to the realization that sometimes lives must be lost in order to save others.
Both Batman and Superman have their own allies. On Team Batman we have Green Arrow, Black Canary, Huntress, Captain Atom, and Catwoman. Team Superman consists of Wonder Woman, the Flash, Cyborg, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, Shazam, and Robin. Superman has gone through a lot with the loss of Metropolis and Lois. However, when a signal comes from Metropolis indicating there’s life left, Superman makes it his goal to save whoever is down there. Lo and behold, the lone survivor is Lex Luthor.
Batman, on the other hand, is trying to stop the person that Superman is becoming. Superman is becoming extremely vengeful and a little hell-bent on protecting those he loves, which would be fine if he wasn’t doing it in a very over-protective creepy kind of way.
I loved the characters in this comic. While everything is action packed and serious, there are also a lot of quips and witty lines that come from some characters (mostly Flash and Green Arrow) that made me chuckle, which I appreciate. Harley Quinn also makes an appearance, which made me really happy because she’s one of my favorites.
My view of the plot is a little skewed because I didn’t read the first volume and I didn’t realize it was an alternate universe setting at first and I spent quite a while confused about the fact that Lex and Superman are buds and Batman and Superman are at odds. Once I got over that though, I really enjoyed it. It was fun for me to see everyone pitted against each other and it wasn’t even that it was good vs. evil. There are several members of the respective teams that question their leaders at various points in the comic, so it isn’t that they’re mindlessly following someone.
The only thing I really didn’t like about the comic was the art style, and I can’t put my finger on why. It wasn’t bad at all, and I am not an artist in the slightest, so I have no room to talk, but it just rubbed me the wrong way for some reason.
Overall, I’m giving Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol 2 4 out of 5 controllers. It’s a really interesting concept with a great plot and amazing superheroes but the art style bothered me throughout the whole thing.