Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Injustice: Year Two #6 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 25, 2014

Chapter Six: Return to Oa


While the Green Lanterns gather their forces, Gotham is partying like it's 1984.  Meanwhile, Hal breaks up with Carol...again and we learn what a "Peeping Ganthet" is.  Finally, James Gordon finds out his daughter is in a girl group that would make Girls Generation green with envy.

I have to give Tom Taylor some props.  Last Year, he made a video game tie-in a must read and was rewarded justly. I don't just mean getting Earth 2, but also Injustice: Year Two.  Last Season,  Taylor needed to grab new readers with over-the-top action and death and destruction weekly, but now he can use the admiration and trust he's gained from readers to slowly build the Year Two story.  Don't get me wrong, there has been plenty of action and twists, but the extra time and care Taylor has give character development has been great.  The book is building to something huge and you can cut the tension with a knife.

This issue again is Green Lantern heavy.  That's always fine with me.  We see various Lanterns being called back to Oa, all of which are fan favorites.  My man, John Stewart, is in the middle of a situation I want to see more of.  Unfortunately, pressing matters call and he has to leave.

On Earth, Superman and Lex have instituted martial law in Gotham.  James Gordon is mad, but Superman has a good point.  Gotham is a horrible place that needs help.  This is Injustice in a nut shell.  Superman has the right idea, just the wrong methods.  Horribly wrong methods to be precise.

However, Gordon is never one to take things standing still and heads for his daughter's secret base.  We find out that he knows so much more than he has ever let on, but we also get the big reveal of the issue.  The team forming against Superman just got bigger.  It's not only awesome, but also ties together a loose thread dangled in issue #1.

We also get a dose of humor from the breakout stars of Year Two, Guy Gardner and Ganthet.  They are the Martin and Lewis of the book and are simply hilarious. I want Taylor to write a team up book stat.

Tom Taylor knows how to do a team book and it seems that the more characters he throws into the pot, the better the stew tastes.  This is one hell of a tasty stew so far.

Bruno Redondo's art is tasty as well.  Seriously, the guy can not only draw every DC character, but does it with a style and ease that is ridiculous.  I hope he gets his chance to shine on a big monthly soon.  Just keep letting him do Injustice, please!

Bits and Pieces:

Injustice: Year Two has been about the journey, the destination and the multiple pit stops in between.  Issue #6 continues the greatness with Tom Taylor taking his time to develop his characters and the messed up World they live in.  Things are about to explode and with Bruno Redondo on art, I guarantee it will look great when it does.  Every comic book fan should be reading this book.

9.2/10

2 comments:

Alex M said...

We should just call this Requiem for Pre-New 52. Tom Taylor has been really good at using all the right elements from everything that happen before the New 52 and flipped them on their head.

Jim Werner said...

I agree. I love this book and really lime the "just a little bit different" element to it. Also, Bruno Redondo seems to draw the greatest hits version of each character.