Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Chapter #31 Review

She's So Raven

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Marco Santucci, Rex Lokus and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: July 19, 2016

Things are heating up in the old Injustice Universe and it looks like we are headed for one hell of a conclusion.  As someone who hasn't played the video game, I can't wait to see how it all ends, but yes, it's all going to be very bitter sweet.  I have been reviewing this book for all these issues and years and now it will just be over.  Sure, we may get a Injustice Two book, but I don't know about you, but it just won't be the same as this book that surprised the crap out of me and has easily become my favorite video game tie-in ever.  EVER!!!  As far as where we are right now, while the Regime continues to have trouble in the ranks, Batman has taken the fight to the streets, space and the Hall of Justice.  Like I said...things are heating up!  So, how is this chapter?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with two of my favorite characters having a chat.  The Flash has been great in this book (especially this Year) and while Hal Jordan has been a bit of a "yes man", we see that he has his doubts.  Barry pretty much spells it out to Hal...if you go asking questions, you may find out some answers you aren't ready for.  You, Superman is a mass murdering piece of crap!  The scene ends with both of them doing a little soul searching.

We then fly off to the Hall of Justice and what most of us have been waiting a week to see...Batman and Batwoman kicking some ass!  Actually the Batman vs Cyborg and Batwoman vs Hawkgirl double bill is pretty even with everyone getting a punch, kick or tongue lashing in.

We then see Superman continuing his loyalty drive with Danny Chase and with a little (very little, actually) prodding, we head off to visit Raven.  I love Raven and it looks like Superman has figured out how to get her back in the game...a little bit of a pun intended.

Back in the Hall of Justice, the fight continues and it's obvious that things are swinging the way of the Bats.  I love anytime the Regime gets its ass kicked and really love Batman's comment about there not being a Justice League since the Joker was murdered.  Really, everything looks like it's coming up Batman...until Superman arrives!  Oh Snap!

The issue ends with Superman about to lay the smack down on Batman and Batwoman until an old friend shows up with proof that his mission was a huge success.  A huge, green success!

This issue was pure setup.  That isn't a bad thing, though, as we see more doubt in the Regime ranks. possibly get Raven back in the book and end with a kick ass cliffhanger.  That equals a pretty good issue in my book.

Part of the reason I liked the issue so much was Marco Santucci's art.  It is really good and he nails the characters' looks, but also gives us a great action scene to boot.  With Bruno Redondo leaving the book, Marco is quickly rising up the ranks of my favorite artist on Injustice.

Bits and Pieces:

I don't mind setup issues when they set up cool things and this one certainly does.  The ranks of each side are growing, even as longtime members begin to question everything that's been going on.  The art was kick ass and Brian Buccellato gives us character moments and a cool fight.  It looks like it's going to be a hell of a ride to the ending!


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