Art by: Pete Woods
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: February 10, 2015
You've Gotta Fight...
Last issue ended with a cool cliffhanger, Swamp Thing doing his thing. By "thing" I mean wrapping Team Batman in vines and looking all badass. This week continues right from there, but it quickly feels like a missed opportunity. Constantine and Swamp Thing have some history and their back-and-forth is very good...until Constantine creates a portal and zips away. Really? He does end up with Doctor Fate and Dick Grayson, but I wanted more of him and Swamp Thing.
The issue then becomes a big fight scene. I mentioned last week that I hate when this happens and that I have to mention it again is another problem in and of itself. I hate these big fights because the tension that usually comes with them is gone by knowing most of the characters won't die. I also find them to be a bit lazy in the storytelling department, but that's just me.
Of all the fights, I did enjoy Harley and Shazam the most. Harley's crush on Shazam is full on...until he crushes her. Actually, I think it gets even bigger. I love Harley and she never fails to make me smile. The other fights are okay and we do get a reappearance of Ares before Batman and Superman square off again. They continue to agree to disagree until Shazam ends the fight. I wish I could say that the cliffhanger had me excited for next week, but it was just meh.
I said it in the introduction and I'll repeat it again, I wasn't a big fan of this issue. It started out promising with Swamp Thing and Constantine, but that just lead to another big fight...without Swamp Thing and Constantine. Boo! Year Three may have already been the weakest of the Years already, but at least it had the magical thing going for it. It seems that the magic has taken second fiddle to big fight scenes. Boo again.
Pete Woods does a good job on art this week. Sure, I didn't like his Wonder Woman, but everything else looks spot on. The fight scenes had the right amount of zing to them, I just wish there wasn't so many of them.
Bits and Pieces:
Injustice: Year Three #20 was one big fight scene and because of that, I couldn't get behind it or even recommend it. I hope we eventually get back to Constantine facing Swamp Thing because what we got here is a big tease. Pete Woods art was pretty good, but in the end, this was a pretty unnecessary issue and my least favorite in a long time.