Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Injustice: Year Two #12 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: June 24, 2014

This Game is Changed

Injustice: Year Two has been great in many ways.  Tom Taylor has given us the slow burn character moments I love and then hit us hard with the crazy shock and awe that everyone loves.  This combination makes it so much more of a "book" then the spectacle of Year One.  Don't get me wrong, I voted Year One my favorite book of 2013, so what I'm saying is high praise indeed.  Unfortunately, not every issue can be great, even in Injustice.  This issue is one of those good not great issues that crop up now and again.  It's more filler and setup than usual and while it sets up some major events, it is what it is.

Superman's government police are really screwing up Gotham.  Of course, a city that is used to being screwed with isn't going to just sit back and take it.  The citizens are rising up with their signs and slogans...and getting the crap kicked out of them.  However, James Gordon is doing something about it.  He has gathered Gotham's finest and not so finest and the beginnings of the Gotham resistance is underway.  Please, Tom, don't call it the "Gotham Underground".

Meanwhile, the standoff between the Green Lantern Corps and Superman and the Sinestro Corps is taking place in South Dakota.  I thought nothing exciting happens in South Dakota.  Superman shows more humanity than Sinestro likes when dealing with the Green Lanterns and seems to come to his senses concerning the Yellow Lanterns.  However, what happens may inadvertently lead to more troubles.  Why?  Because Guy Gardner is involved.

The book ends back in Gotham where Jim Gordon shows what a little red pill can do to even the odds.  I've promised not to say theses words in my reviews anymore so I will quote Gordon when he says, "This is the Game Changer."  He's right and this is going to lead directly to the shock and awe everyone loves.

Everyone should love Bruno Redondo's art by now, as well.  It's so good that I'm running out of things to say about it.  His ability to draw so many characters so well is second to none.  It is that good and is a huge reason why this book is so good.

Bits and Pieces:

Injustice: Year Two #12 is a good issue in a series of great issues.  Setup issues pop up now and again and this is one of them.  Granted, it sets up some pretty awesome stuff, but it's setup all the same.  It still looks great thanks to Bruno Redondo and ends with a "Game Changer".  Jim Gordon's words, not mine.


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