Saturday, October 8, 2016

Injustice: Ground Zero Chapter #1 Review

Let's Do the Time Warp Again

Written by: Christopher Sebela
Art by: Pop Mhan, Rex Lokus and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 4, 2016

Okay, I wasn't sure that I would be continuing on with Injustice now that the Five Years taking place Mhan is on art and that is always a plus in my book.  So,was my return trip back into the Injustice world a pleasant one?  Let's find out...
before the game are over.  The decision came from a combination of burnout as well as the feeling that the last bit of Year Five was only setup for the series to continue here.  Well, I guess I just can't stay away because here I am, ready to start up another round of Injustice and I'm actually pretty stoked about it.  The idea of reading the video game's story through the eyes of Harley Quinn seems odd yet intriguing and Pop

The new series opens up with a little storybook narration by Harley Quinn herself.  It's not quite the story to art juxtaposition that I was expecting, but it's close.  It's nothing new to fans of the game or the hundreds of Injustice issues that preceded it, but it's a necessary evil to get everyone on the same page.  Plus, it looks awesome thanks to Pop Mhan's whimsical art.

Yep, we get to see the beginning of it all, told by Harley Quinn.  The Joker, Fear Toxin, Lois Lane and of course, Superman.  If you don't know the story by now, grab this issue and jump into one of the better starts to any elseworlds type story ever.

The recap continues as Harley takes the reader through her beginnings as a hero (we briefly see the best team-up ever...Harley/Ollie/Dinah) and again, I have to point out Pop Mhan's awesome art.  It's a combination of fun and brutal and just looks fantastic.

Really, this whole issue is a walk down memory lane for those in the know and I found myself with a smile on my face the whole time.  I loved almost all of the Injustice comic and seeing the greatest hits here was pretty cool.  Of course, it doesn't take the place of actually reading it all, but if you just want to jump in here or get a refresher course to everything before now, this is pretty good.

Then it ends with the beginning of the new story and it's pure Harley.  It's only the cliffhanger page, but everything leading up to it make you fall in love with her so much that you can't help but be 100% invested in her and her "army" going forward.

Okay, I'm in.  I was hoping I could just put my love of the Injustice comic to bed and move on, but Christopher Sebela and Pop Mhan have pulled me back in big time.  While the "Harley's perspective" thing seemed like a gimmick to me when it was announced, Sebela seems to get what made Harley so great in this series (especially earlier with Tom Taylor at the helm) and if that continues, this book will be a winner.

There is also the little thing of Pop Mhan's art.  I have already sung his praises throughout this review so I'll just leave by saying that I love everything he does here and can't wait to see more.

Bits and Pieces:

This is a really good start to the next phase of the injustice story.  Christopher Sebela and Pop Mhan give new readers a great jumping on point and veterans a smile worthy recap to the entire series.  It's all told through the eyes of Harley Quinn and Sebela seems to already "get" what made her the best character in this entire series.  Just when I thought I was out...

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  1. Couldn't get anyone else to review this huh? Well I'm happy that the Injustice series is back and even happier that Jim decided (forced) to review this book. Some things in life still continue to deliver.

  2. Do we have any idea how many digital chapters this series will have?

    1. I can't find anything that spells it out

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    3. Ground Zero is 24 issues, I've asked. Issue 3's so awesome that I don't want to spoil any of it. You sure about not continuing with the reviews?

    4. they are continuing...Dilyn is doing them from here on out, but I am still going to read

    5. I know, it's good, but it doesn't feel the same. Though it's open to new fans and old fans alike, the emotions and involvement won't get that deep in a short time. Plus, I've always enjoyed wit and continuity.
      Anyway, it really takes up a lot of time, whether reading it or reviewing it, especially when Sebela stuffs so many punchlines into each issue.


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