Art by: Xermanico
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: July 7, 2015
Any Which Way But Zeus
I haven't been a fan of this Year of Injustice. If you have read my previous reviews, that's no big surprise. Neither is the reason...the characters. Things have just felt out of place this year whether it's Harley Quinn trying too hard for laughs or a handful of other characters acting not quite like themselves. Unfortunately, if you don't care for the characters, the action and story fall flat and that's what has been happening. I keep hoping that things will turn around because I love both Injustice and writer Brian Buccellato, but so far, I keep ending up disappointed. Last issue ended with Sinestro showing up to ruin Superman and Wonder Woman's fight to the death and maybe give the book the spark it needs. Well, did it? Let's find out...
This week's issue starts with everyone, especially Hal Jordan, pissed off at Sinestro. I don't know the rules to these superhero fights, but it made me laugh that Sinestro was the only one who just stepped in to end it. After a little explanation and a couple of insults, he was sent flying by a Superman punch. The damage was done however and since the fight ended prematurely, Zeus yells for war.
We then get a flashback of when the Trinity was brand new and while I enjoyed seeing Superman and Wonder Woman having a little fun, Batman almost ruins the scene. It has a "Tower of Babel" feel, but Batman comes off as too forced and a caricature of himself. It's only brief, but I didn't like it.
When we get back to the action. it's utter mayhem. There hasn't been this type of all-out action in awhile, so it was exciting to see. However, a few sour character moments do pop up to lower my enthusiasm. Harley continues to be a shell of herself and Hal Jordan felt off as well. The highlight of the conflict was Hermes and Flash going at it, but Superman ends that and the battle itself...just as some really awesome guest stars arrive. While this "Year of the Gods" hasn't lived up to it's name yet, the cliffhanger may hold the promise of it happening real soon.
This issue was a big step in the right direction. While I still think that the characterizations in the book are far from perfect, the action does make up for a lot. This issue felt more like the video game it is based on than any issue in the past two years and that's a good thing. Then Buccellato hits us with the cliffhanger which is the best page of his entire run.
I love Xermanico's art. It's a close race between him and Bruno Redondo as to who my favorite artist is on this book and I wouldn't want to get between two friends by telling them who is in the lead.
Bits and Pieces:
This issue is a step in the right direction with it's all out action extravaganza. It was fun to finally get an action packed issue and the cliffhanger promises even more craziness. The story may still be moving a bit slow for my liking, but the art was great and the cliffhanger made me smile and look forward to next week's issue. I haven't been able to say that in quite some time. Hopefully, this issue is the start of me falling in love with Injustice all over again.