Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Injustice: Year Three #22 Review

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Mike S. Miller
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: February 24, 2015

Burn in Hell

I really enjoyed last week's issue of Injustice.  After a couple of week's of bash-em up fighting, we got some really nice character moments and a death.  It feels wrong to list a death as a positive, but this is Injustice after all.  Plus, it really hit hard for everyone involved.  This issue continues the battle, but it's more about where the book (and characters) are headed.  Year Four is on the horizon and it's already looking like Hell.

Brian Buccellato works overtime to get all the varying story bits in line with each other.  Poison Ivy reluctantly fighting Swamp Thing, Hal Jordan trying to free his comrades, Batwoman getting revenge on Wonder Woman for killing Huntress and Superman punching Batman real hard.  It's all going on as Dr. Fate and Constantine worry about Mxyzptlk and Trigon's battle.  You see, the two are warping reality and causing all sorts of problems.

Year Three has turned from the "magical" Year to the Year of "everything getting out of control and crazy".  While that would be hard to put on the cover, Buccellato does a great job of showing it. The best laid plans of Superman and Batman have caused so much chaos that reality itself is in danger and all the heroes have been cut off from their power sources.  That means a guy like Superman is suddenly a lot less super, but a guy like Batman is disappearing faster than Marty McFly's brother and sister.

This all leads back to the House of Mystery where Hal has lost his powers, but Flash has a plan.  He has enough Speedforce power to get everyone into the House of Mystery.  Everyone, as is both sides. Nothing like a good old disaster to bring the sides together.  He is let loose and goes and collects them all...except one.  I said above that Injustice is a book of deaths, but this is far worse.  I won't say who it is, but he ends the book looking up from way down below.

Year Three is coming to a close soon and the pieces have been set to make a very interesting finale.  Everyone gathered in the House of Mystery with wonky powers is a great twist to a book that is usually pretty straight forward.  Then there is the cliffhanger.  If I was to guess, Year Four is going to be a bit of Heaven and Hell.  This issue may have been mostly setup, but that's to be expected at this point in the Year and I liked what we got.  One thing though, where the hell is Harley?!?!

I was not a huge fan of Mike S. Miller's art this week.  The character work seemed a bit off with a bunch of characters and the backgrounds lacked detail.  It doesn't ruin the issue, but it doesn't add anything either.

Bits and Pieces:

Year Three is coming to a close and Buccellato throws in a great twist that makes me very curious on how it will end.  This issue may be all about the setup, but it's pretty damn good anyway.  I wish the art was a little stronger, but unfortunately, it's pretty middle of the road.  Even so, I can't wait to see how this Year ends.

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