Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Injustice 2 Chapter #4 Review


Reunited and It Feels So Good

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran, Rex Lokus and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 2, 2017

If you have been reading Injustice 2 along with me, one question has been burning in your brain for a couple of weeks...who is this other Batman?  I have a guess and hope I'm right, but I'm sure that if you get six readers together, you'll get at least three different guesses...and we are all probably wrong! So, will Tom Taylor give us the answer this week or just keep telling the beginnings of a kick ass story that leaves me wanting more, more, MORE?!?!  Can we get both, please?  Let's find out...


The issue opens up with Bruce in a hospital bed looking worse for wear, but he's got a guardian angel looking over him.  It's Barbara Gordon and I have to admit, every time a new character pops up in this sequel/prequel, it makes me smile and Babs put a hug one on my mug!  We don't get a lot of her here as Lucius Fox (another smile) shows up with a holographic message from Lex Luthor...can I smile while shedding a tear?  Let's just pour one out for the bald homie.

Lex continues being awesome from beyond the grave as he leaves all his money to Bruce as well as a list of good people to help him reshape this world gone wrong.  The best line here is when Lex says, "Make a world where the night no longer needs a Batman".  That's powerful stuff right there and also goes with the conversation that Bruce had with Clark when this series started.



The hits keep coming as Dinah, Oliver and my new favorite character, Conner, arrive and if you read the first Injustice series, you know how huge this is.  Tom Taylor makes sure to give us a spot on Batman who is more about the plan moving forward than teary reunions, but we all know he cares deep down inside his cold, cold heart!

Speaking of the plan, it is the setup for one of my new favorite scenes in all of Injustice (especially Conner's well timed reaction), but that's interrupted by The Prison's alarm going off.  As in the prison that Superman is locked away in.  Oh snap!

The issue ends with the beginning of a very big problem about to hit Batman (and the world) right in the face and the question is, will it actually happen and who the heck did it.  Again, it's not hard to guess the "who" part, but even if it is...who is the who?!?!?



Tom Taylor shows how great he is at writing these characters and also how great he is at getting them together.  Other writers with such a huge roster might throw them into the fray by the handful, but Taylor adds a few at a time to let them have their time to shine and also to make the reader become emotionally attached to them.  Sure, he has done this in the past only to make their horrific deaths hit home harder and I'm sure he is doing it again, but I'm still a sucker for it all.  This is a slow burn story built on great characterization and I am in it for the long haul.

By the time this series is over, I'm sure you'll be sick of reading about my praises for Bruno Redondo, but I can't help it.  I love his art, he makes every character look great and the emotions he is able to show just makes the story that much better.  I am a huge fanboy and I am not embarrassed to say so.

Bits and Pieces:

Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo don't seem to able to do any wrong when it comes to Injustice.  We get a couple of great reunions, a scene that fans will love so much and a cliffhanger that will certainly make you come back next week.  Seriously, you'll get more out of this one digital chapter than some "big" books give you in an entire arc.  If you haven't given this series a try, jump on now while it's just getting started, I promise you, you won't regret it.

9.7/10
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4 comments:

  1. I loved this issue. So many things to be happy to see. A good looking batgirl for one, Dinah & Oliver praposel(which is ironic because in there current book there already breaking up), and even good lex from this universe makes an appearance. We still don't have have a positive on the Imposter Batman, but Bruce said that this person didn't have super powers, they just fought really good. I'm Still pull for it to be this Universes Jason Todd. Only down side to this issue is the lack of action, and still being to quick of a read.
    8.5/10

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  2. "Here, take this list of names....of people we couldn't ask before. They were busy."

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    1. Also, the "better" than Batman part made me think of Hush. Not sure if that's possible or not though.

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