Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Injustice: Ground Zero #6 Review

True love or mad love?

Written by: Chris Sebela
Art by: Marco Santucci
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: November 8, 2016
Review by: Dillyn Chadwick

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Dillyn here back again with another Injustice: Ground Zero review. The last two chapters were a little down from the chapters before it. Does this chapter finally bring it back around? Let’s find out; third time’s the charm right?

So, we start off where last chapter left off, of course, with Nightwing and Hawkgirl busting in with the Regime Police to take down Harley and Joker. The Regime police immediately shoot the Joker but he took the green pill so he’s bulletproof. Unfortunately for Harley, he’s still alive and he starts to kill all of the officers.

This chapter finally brings more of Harley’s inner problems with herself and Joker’s relationship. Harley in the story is still falling for him but the Harley narrating the story is telling us how she really regrets it because of the codependency, PTSD and blah blah blah, as she says. This was what I was looking for last chapter since it felt so rushed that she fell for Joker again. I love that a couple of her goons here knows that she has this problem and really tries to help her but she lashes out at them and beats them in the face. This whole chapter is amazing at how it’s showing this real psychological turmoil she’s going through and a great representation of a victim of domestic violence and a toxic co-dependent relationship.

Next, Harley’s goons take out Nightwing (Damian) and Joker takes out Hawkgirl, not killing either of them. Damian throws all the goons off of him to get to Joker. After taunting one another, Insurgency back up (Batman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Green Arrow and Aquaman) come in. Damian and Hawkgirl know they’re outnumbered and cheese it out of the building.

The Insurgency teammates arrest Joker and Batman starts to beat the jokes out of him. Batman’s pain is really felt here now that the parallel Joker is here after Batman’s spent 5 years trying to clean up his mess. Harley is shown here trying to pick a side: Insurgency or Joker’s. Her two goons trying to help her snap out of it and convince her to leave with them to get drinks, away from the Joker. The art here, and this whole chapter really, is so great and you can really see Harley’s pain in her face.

We then go to Stryker's Island Prison, where Superman, Yellow Lantern and evil Wonder Woman have a parallel Bruce Wayne in custody, paralleling the nightmare scene of Batman V Superman. This scene is so awesome as we see Clark's fierce anger as he lashes out at Bruce because, according to Clark, he let so many people die because Bruce let the people choose the side instead of saving them like Clark did. Clark punches the wall areas next to Bruce’s head. He doesn’t flinch or look scared at all, just looks Clark right in the eyes as he’s punching, and I love it. The chapter ends right here where Clark is starting to punish Bruce with his heat vision to his chest plate.

Bits and Pieces:

This chapter is so great and I absolutely loved it. Sebela’s story here really picked up after those two let down chapters and he kicks it right to 11. It’s by far my favorite chapter yet. The art by Santucci is pretty good as well, with character’s faces still looking off sometimes but not too jarring. Harley’s toxic relationship with Joker is explored in more depth that I was really looking for and it’s written so amazing here. The mystery of these parallel characters is still wide open and I can’t wait for more revelations and the next chapter.


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