Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Injustice: Year Three #5 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Mike S. Miller
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 28, 2014

Dr. Harley Quinn, Medicine Woman

Injustice: Year Three has been all about the magic side of things and it's been so...magical?!  I'm sorry about that, but it really has been great.  By concentrating on the Dark characters of the DCU, Tom Taylor has made things fresh and fun.  It's been about gathering magical allies and while Team Batman seemed to have the upper hand, Team Superman may have gone ahead last issue with the introduction a a real heavy hitter.  The fun of seeing who turns up next is only topped by guessing who will be the next to fall.  Nobody goes down this issue, but there is an introduction to a new hero...maybe.

Have I told you that I love Harley Quinn?  Tom Taylor writes the hell out of so many characters, but Harley is the best.  It's not just the humor which is plentiful and great, but the heart she shows.  That heart is in full display this week as Dr. Quinn is working her bedside manner as Detective Chimp is hanging on by a thread.  The way she dresses down "Mister" Fate is hilarious, but the kindness she shows Rose steals the show.

Meanwhile at the Hall of Justice (please read that the only way it should be read), Sinestro is still interrogating Officer Sprague, but even with some nasty constructs, he's getting nowhere.  When Superman has had enough, Sinestro once again shows just how evil he is.  Evil, but loyal.  Loyalty of the rest of Team Superman is called into question when the Spectre pledges his loyalty, but throws another's into doubt.  The book ends with Constantine and Doctor Fate at each other's throats over a little parlor trick and Batman planning a little recruiting trip that promises to increase the awesomeness of this book tenfold.

This issue was a heavy setup issue with not much story progression, but it was still really good.  I would wait in line overnight for a Tom Taylor Harley book and this issue shows why.  Throw in all the other great characters (and the one's promised in the end) and you can't help but love this book.

I didn't love Mike S. Miller's art this week.  The problem was with the character work and specifically Constantine.  His look changed throughout the issue and it threw me off a bit.

Bits and Pieces:

Injustice: Year Three #5 was heavy on the set up, but thanks to Harley Quinn, it's still a really good issue.  Team Batman is gathering a magical army while Sinestro is busy whispering evilness into Superman's ear.  The art was subpar, but the ending promised even more great characters in the near future.



  1. Is it me or does Injustice Sinestro come off way more evil than New52 Sinestro? Also, why exactly is Injustice Sinestro so loyal to Superman? I don't think an exact reason has been given.

    1. Sinestro is pure evil and seems to be the only reason why Superman is still fighting the War. Everytime that Superman has his doubts, Sinestro is there to cause trouble and convince Superman to continue being a dick. As far as loyalty, I take it that Sinestro is using Superman as a means to an end.

  2. i wonder who or what rose constantine is? its hinted that she has some sort of magic, and all that talk from mister fate of the coin being pulled from time and or space and even possibly willed into existence. i dont really know anybody who has that power but i think she is connected to the monitors because im suprised nothing has been shown from them in supermans actions.

  3. She is certainly a wildcard and kudos to you for the "Mister Fate" which I thought was the funniest things I've read in a long time.