Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five #3 Review

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Tom Derenick, Rex Lokus and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: January 4, 2016

Year Five of Injustice is off to a great start and has given me back that old Injustice feeling.  Fans know what I'm talking about...the smile on your face as a favorite character gets the crap kicked out of them and the gleeful giggle as and enemy gets put down for a dirt nap.  Oh, the little things.  Brian Buccellato continues the fun times as we catch up with Doomsday, Parasite, Bane and a very special guest.  It's fun, but is is good?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with a Wonder Woman flashback as she heads back to the Hall of Justice where she sees all the good times going down on the Justice League monitors.  Cyborg, Hal, Superman and Flash having the time of their lives, kicking butt and taking names.  She actually seems happy she is going to get to join in when she sees...Doomsday!  It is a flash back remember, so it's the big bad's arrival onto the scene and definitely gives Wonder Woman a chance to act.  Is it just me or does it feel like the beginnings of an epic save?

We then head into the "now" and see Superman going toe-to-toe with Doomsday all while Bane gives us a pretty cool narration.  He is waiting for a chance to tip the odds and when he does, it is so awesome.  It's also so Bane.  Afterwards, he presents Superman with a deal that may be to good to pass up.

In the meantime, Hal and Cyborg are up to their eyeballs with Parasite.  They try to remember how Superman dealt with the big purple power sucker when the Man of Steel shows up to show them personally.  Actually, he's a little too fast for anyone to see and before you know it, the Parasite problem is taken care of.  This is a quick scene, but I loved it as we get to see Superman's signature move for dealing with a problem.

When everyone meets back at the Hall of Justice, Team Superman isn't unified in welcoming Bane to the group.  Hal is the first to speak up, but he isn't the last...or best.  Fans of this book are going to love seeing who is back in action.  I also love what they did with Doomsday.  It's just another thing that is bound to bite them all in the ass sooner than later.

The issue ends in Germany with the introduction of a brand new character and if you've been following my reviews, then you will know what I mean when I say "I told you so!".  Just remember when everyone on the site argued about who escaped from Lex's lab.  Again, I told you so!!!

This was a set up issue, but if you've been reading any digital books, you probably expected it.  It was also a whole bunch of fun with a couple of great character introductions and reintroductions.
Buccellato has really got his footing and is giving us a hell of a Year so far.

Tom Derenick jumps on the book and throughout this series I have found his art to be hit or miss. This one is right down the middle.  Nothing here wowed me, but it didn't get me angry either.  I do like his Bane a lot, however.

Bits and Pieces:

This issue of Injustice was heavy on setup, but what it setup was pretty heavy.  See what I did there?  Superman is making deals that are bound to bite him in the ass, but desperate times...While Buccellato's story is satisfying, Tom Derenick's art is just okay.  It all ends up being a good issue of Injustice that continues making me excited for this series going forward.


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