Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Chapter #21 Review

But I'm a Creep-tonian, I'm a Weirdo

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran, Rex Lokus and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 10, 2016

We are back again this week with Injustice and after seeing Bizarro shuffle off this mortal coil last week, I am still in mourning.  If I owned a black armband I'd have it on right now and since you7 can't see me sitting here, let's say that I DO own one and I DO have it on.  So, where do we go from here?  Well, we still haven't seen much of Batman yet this Year, there is trouble among Team Superman and there is the truth of how Bizarro came to be...and that's just the tip of the iceberg!  So, let's stop the speculatin' and get on with the matriculatin' and I know that doesn't make sense...or does it?!?  And boom goes the review...

This week's chapter starts off with Harley Quinn getting a little on the couch psych treatment and while I am very wary of such stuff (I have a psych degree myself), she really seems to be working things out and definitely speaking the truth.  She asks what we've all been asking, why are heroes following Superman?  Of course, we aren't going to get a black and white answer on that, but we do see who Harley goes to for help and it's pretty damn hilarious.

We then move to a more somber scene...the funeral of Heatwave and Weather Wizard.  I don't know about you, but with all the Bizarro stuff going on recently, I forgot that Mr. Backwards actually killed them.  While Mirror Master and Golden Glider are upset that Captain Cold is a no-show, it's the person who does show up that's the big shocker.  I don't want to spoil it, but it's such a great scene and really, the best thing that Brian Buccellato has done in his time on this series.  Last week, Jody did a Top 5 Injustice moments list and while it may not be all-time top 5 worthy, it's damn close.

We then go and see what Harley has decided to do after her "break through" session.  Of course, it's a trip to see "Shazzy" and pick a fight.  I have been a bit critical with Buccellato's characterization of Harley since he took over the book, but it's a good thing I'm always hungry because I'm eating my words after this chapter.  She is awesome here from the way she gets Shazam to switch and fight, to her nickname for Superman ("creep-tonian") to her little secret that ends the issue.  This is the Injustice Harley that I've been waiting to see again for a long while.

This is a very fast reading chapter that almost feels like it was pulled out of Year Two and I mean that as a HUGE compliment.  I have always loved seeing Harley in this series and it looks like Buccellato understands why...she is the craziest character in the DCU. yet is the only one that seems to realize that this war is insane.  It's making her head spin at the same time that the reader is wondering exactly what she is.  Throw in the awesome funeral scene and this one is all about character and all about me loving it!

Speaking of loving it...I love Bruno Redondo's art more than a Big Mac and fries and that's another reason this issue feels like such a throwback.  I've always loved his Harley and seeing her show up on Lobo's ride looked awesome and made me laugh out loud.  I love anytime that Redondo is on this book and this chapter will show any newcomers why.

Bits and Pieces:

This chapter felt like a throw back with awesome character moments, incredible art and the best Harley Quinn we've seen in a long time.  This is one of Brian Buccellato's best chapters since jumping on this book and gave me the feels multiple times.  The feels, I tells ya!  This is a reminder to everyone why this series is still relevant and why I am still a huge fan.  Highly Recommended.



  1. The art was amazing and I teared up at the funeral panels especially after that shared a beer. Really hoping Shazzy sees the light and does the right thing,

  2. Everything's cute and amazing when Bruno draws it. I'm just still confused about Brian's take on the relationship between Harley and Shazam.