Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Injustice 2 Chapter #3 Review

I'm Batman

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran, Rex Lokus and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: April 25, 2017

I love Injustice 2 because like the First Injustice series, it kicks ass!  Way back then, I was introduced to both Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo through this series and they quickly became two of my favorites...because they kick ass.  Do you see a trend here?  Yep, last chapter ended with Batman breaking into the Pentagon and taking control of the Suicide Squad in a very deadly way.  Batman having guns is crazy enough, but using them the way he did...crazy, wack, funky! I don't want to spoil too much for those waiting for the print version of this book, so if you are here just to see if it's worth buy...it is and just buy it early and often.  If you here for a little more of a review, hold my hand and let's move on together.  Is this third issue as good as the first two?  Let's find out...

The issue starts out with Harley Quinn wondering what every reader has been for the last week...who is this "Batman"?  We do get a pretty meta answer, but I'm not buying it.  If the guns and violence haven't convinced you, however, Tom Taylor makes it clear through this guys dialogue and actions going forward.

I'll tell you, this Tom taylor guy is a real gem.  It's one thing to write a good Batman, but he really shows his writing chops by writing a bad one.  Some writers would probably go so over the top as to make him laughable, but Taylor ain't got time for that.  This Batman is just "different" rather than pure evil and he has an agenda that we are only seeing the beginning of.  He also works with (or for?) a bigger bad that is yet to be revealed.

It's no surprise that he was after the Suicide Squad and he immediatley makes it his own.  Of course, when you have a hostile takeover like this, the new boss often makes changes and this Batman is no exception.  I don't want to spoil it, but this Squad has some really fun characters and a good amount aren't going to see Chapter 4!

The issue ends with the Squad forcing their way out of the Pentagon and Batman coming face-to-face with his namesake.  This is not one of those "which is which" scenes that make such great comedy, but one of those "Holy Shit, Batman is in real trouble" scenes that make you wonder if his code does get in the way when shit gets real.

We may not get a name for who this other Batman is, but I have my theories.  That is plural because I've narrowed it down to about 31 characters!  I can't wait to see who it is, but for now, I am just as interested in why the Suicide Squad has been taken and what our Batman is going to do after this bully beatdown.

This is another great chapter that gives us shock and awe instead of answers, but I am okay with that.  We are only three chapters in and this chapter sets up some very intriguing things that can only lead to more blood, violence and death.  That's the old Injustice way and I love it.

I also love Bruno Redondo's art.  Seriously, after all this time, he still amazes me with how well he can handle so many characters.  The fact that every one of them looks outstanding makes it even more amazing.

Bits and Pieces:

This is another great chapter of Injustice 2 and while we get more questions instead of answers, we also get some kick ass action and fantastic art.  Injustice 2 has quickly become my favorite book to read each week.


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