Thursday, February 25, 2016

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Chapter 10 Review


Nobody...Calls... Me...Chicken Fake

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran, Rex Lokus and Wes Abott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: February 25, 2016

Last week's Injustice dealt with the age old adage, one person's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter.  I'm not one to choose sides (who am I kidding?), but I am starting to see Batman as a terrorist.  Don't get me wrong, Superman is a real horses ass , but no matter what anyone says, the explosions that the Rogues set off last week couldn't have gone off without any casualties. Just saying.  That may be an argument for another day, but something that's awesome in the right here and now is Bizarro.  Yep, he is in the book, in the house and in yo face!  He is one of my favorite characters and I'm hoping beyond hope that somehow he will survive this year.  A man can hope, right?  Okay, enough of my ramblings, let's get to this week's review.




The issue starts with a sour grapes Trickster looking for the Rogues on a pretty cool four wheeler.  He figures that if he can show up while they are getting their asses kicked, he can save them and make the team.  Well, part one of the equation is a go as they are in big trouble, but it's not by Superman's hand...it's all from Bizarro.  Awesome!



I'm still not sure if I love or hate the fact that this Bizarro doesn't converse in the usual "Bizarro Talk", but he is a powerhouse and the Rogues are no match for him.  That's when Batman shows his true colors and aborts the mission.  Sad part is, Mirror Master is down for the count, so "abort" means "leave the Rogues out to dry."  To make it worse, Superman is heading their way so Batman just treats the team as an expendable piece of his resistance puzzle.  Hey, I thought Superman was the dick in this book!

It doesn't take long before disaster strikes for the Rogues and after seeing what happens to Weather Wizard and Heatwave, I'd suggest that nobody calls Bizarro a "fake" ever again.  I'll give props to Trickster, however, who thinks on his feet and claims Bizarro is a long lost friend.  That gets him a one way ticket to...I'm not really sure as Bizarro grabs Trickster and flies off with him.



Team Batman is getting smaller and smaller and when they gather together, Golden Glider seems to have had enough of Batman's semantics.  What does it matter if Bizarro is the real Superman or not when her friends are dead.  Of course, Batman wants to take things slow, but Catwoman has finally seen enough...again.  The issue ends with a cliffhanger that may feel very personal to Batman, but it felt like a "been there, done that" situation to me.

If you want some of the good old ultra violence, you are going to like this issue.  I think that the whole thing was a bit forced, but it still felt like a shoutout to an older year and I'm always up for that.  I do wish that the story would kick into high gear because the pace is really off and the cliffhanger didn't really setup anything exciting.  Speaking of the cliffhanger, it really did feel like deja vu all over again.



Bruno Redondo is on art again this week and I hate to gush on a guy, but he really is a kick ass artist and when I think of Injustice, I think of his art.  I take back what I said earlier, I don't mind gushing on Bruno.

Bits and Pieces:

I was a little torn this week.  While I loved the art in this issue and there is some good old shocking deaths, the actual story doesn't really go anywhere.  Add into it a cliffhanger that seemed redundant and we get an issue I can't fully recommend.

6.5/10
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3 comments:

  1. This Bizarro confuses me, doesn't he usually have fire breath and ice laser eyes?!

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    1. this is a Lex made version so all bets are off

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  2. Forced, this I agree. No one has even contaminated Bizzaro yet, and he's already murderous. There are forty issues in the final year. I kept wondering about the added security on Mirror Master's belt. It solves the mystery to think it's a new one since Luke and Superman both have easily used the old one, but why didn't he make some more for his friends? He did faked an awesome Mirror Batman, so I don't think it's hard.

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