Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Release Day Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1 by Tom Taylor

Release Date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: DC
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Twitter

The best-selling prequel to the hit videogame picks up right where it left off! Year one is over--now, year two begins. The death of one of their own has divided Earth's protectors as hero turns against hero. As Superman's iron grip on the world tightens, at the edge of the galaxy, anothe grave threat approaches...
INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR 2 continues the story from the New York Times best-selling graphic novel with rising star writer Tom Taylor (EARTH 2) and a team of artists including Mike S. Miller, Bruno Redondo and Tom Derenick.


I was understandably worried that this would suck...or at least not live up to my expectations.
I mean, Injustice has been the on a short list of Must-Read titles for me since I managed to get my grubby paws on the first one.
After the shocking ending of Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 2, I've been wondering if this title could keep the momentum going. 
The deaths of several major characters, plus that thing that happened to Batman at the end?
How the hell is Taylor going to top that?!
I had no idea.
Fortunately, Taylor did.

The last two volumes focused on the roles that Batman and Wonder Woman were playing in Superman's decision making process. No, they certainly weren't the entirety of the cast, but they were heavily featured.
Take them out of the equation, and what power players do you have left?
Well, with Wonder Woman out of commission for a while, the role of sympathetic partner in crime falls to Hal Jordan. He believes in the world that Clark is trying to create, even if he has some doubts about the way it's being created. The end justifies the means.
And while you're inside Jordan's head, you can see where he's coming from.
I know, right?! Taylor is gooooood.
Exhibit A:
The U.S. senate/congress is getting ready to pull one of their We-Can't-Agree-On-Shit-So-We'll-Shut-Down-The-Government things. 
Supes says NO. That's unacceptable to him, and he sends Hal and Flash in to sort it out.
Jordan has some reservations about telling the United States government how to run things, and tells Superman that he doesn't think this is within his jurisdiction.
Superman replies that he has the entire space sector 2814 within his jurisdiction...and the United States falls within those bounds.
And you know what? 
I was cheering Hal on as he shut those monkeys in, and told them to Do Their Fucking Job.

Speaking of Green Lanterns...
What do the Guardians on Oa think of Superman's little hostile takeover?
Frankly, they aren't very happy campers. They have a strictly hands-off policy when it comes to letting worlds decide their own fate, and Superman isn't playing by those rules anymore. Ganthet makes an attempt to reason with Superman, but once Sinestro sticks his nose into it, things go sideways quickly.
"Hey, Clark? Why don't you ask Ganthet if the Guardians stood back and watched Krypton burn?"
And when Jordan takes a stand against the Blue Man Group, it turns into an all-out War between Lanterns.

At the end of the last volume, Batman was in pretty bad shape. Well, he's down, but not out. The resistance has him hidden away in...
Did you really think I' was going to tell you? Bwahahahahaha!
Not a chance.
So who's taking up the mantle of protector in Gotham?
Alrighty, let's meet the breakout star of the show: Jim Gordon! He may not be the badass that Bruce Wayne is, but he certainly delivers his lines! I would love to give you a hint as to what goes down, but I'm trying to avoid any major spoilers.
Although, Jim isn't the only game in Gotham. Oracle, and her Birds of Prey make an appearance as part of the resistance. And I have to say, it's nice to see Babs getting her geek on again!
Of course, there's also Gotham, itself. Or rather, the people of Gotham. It's arguably the dirtiest, roughest, toughest city in the DC universe, so would anyone expect the people in it to just lie down and take martial law?
That's soooo not happening...

Ok, while the last volume racked up a nice little death toll, this volume is surprisingly light. Don't get me wrong, not everybody's gettin' outta this one alive, but don't expect a bloodbath this time around.
And that's the thing I love about Injustice.
It never stops surprising me.

Highly Recommended! 


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