Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Injustice 2 Chapter #6 Review

The Assassin Squad

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Rex Lokus and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 16, 2017

I'm sure if you have read any of my past Injustice Reviews (there are a ton of them), you know that I am a big, old fanboy.  That may give you pause when it comes to my scores and really, I have no problem with that.  I do tend to score this book higher than most.  There are only a few books out there that I can say that about, but this is one of them.  However, I do so because it's just so damn good...especially when Tom Taylor is writing it.  So far, Injustice 2 is technically in the setup phase, but seeing Batman trying to pick up the pieces of a shattered world while fighting off a mysterious new (old?) threat has been fun.  Plus, there is a bunch of Harley and I can never get enough of Tom Taylor written Harley Quinn.  So, does this chapter continue the goodness?  Let's find out...

The issue starts out where we left off last week...in Superman's brain.  It's great to see Ray Palmer any time, but put him in the Man of Steel's grey matter holding a kryptonite shard?  AWESOME!  He does kind of throw Batman under the bus for the whole thing, but I think it's obvious who is the man behind this plan.

Meanwhile, Warden Turpin is still fighting off the Suicide Squad, who we assume are there to get Superman and Harley, Oliver and Dinah are continuing their reunion.  The latter is the best part of this issue as Harley find out that this Green Arrow is from another world and jumps right into revisionist history/practical joke territory.  If you have read Harley's solo books, this is very similar to what she did with Power Girl in the New 52 and it made me laugh just as much here...which means a lot.  The best part of this whole interaction?  The Quiver is now the official name of Green Arrow's lair!!!

Unfortunately, the reunion is cut short by the mysterious, gun totting Batman showing up to get Harley and the scene just ends.  It looks like they might be teleporting away, but I would expect both parties good and bad to put up a bit of a fight here.  I guess we have to wait until next issue to see what's going on here because we jump scenes to find out what the Suicide Squad has been up to this whole time.

The book ends with a family reunion, some mindless killing and a character that is so bad he is good...except here, he actual shows major hints that he isn't as bad as he rescuers. It's these hints that will surely propel the book forward, especially when the identity of the mysterious Batman is revealed.  I can't wait!

This is a good chapter that is really just about getting to the ending.  Tom Taylor has to add to the roster of the book and is taking his time doing so.  I like that, but these types of issues will sometimes be the result.  I have full faith that this slow burn will pay off in spades in the near future.

Daniel Sampere is back this issue and it looks great.  He ups the ante in the emotions department and it really sells the big moments here.  The best example is the range of emotions Harley goes through in just a couple of pages.  Good stuff.

Bits and Pieces:

This is another good chapter of Injustice 2 and one I can get behind as usual.  There are some nice reveals and great art, but still, it all is a setup for the ending where the big stuff happens.  The big stuff being a dark threesome that I can't wait to see more of.



  1. Another chapter that's already retconned in Injustice 2.
    I don't see why Netherrealms and DC didn't work together to make the whole story cohesive.

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    2. How is it retconed? Not playing the game

    3. One of them was how the asylum incident went down. In Injustice 2, Robin betrays Batman by killing Za'ss which changes a lot. Nightwing also doesn't die there, so.

    4. Damian already killed Zsaszat end of injustice year 5. Issue #36. Damian becomes nightwing after killing dick Grayson and then with his blessing from beyond the grave.

      I actually only read the comics so I don't know how the stuff meshes up

  2. So I guess Tahlia being involved lends more credence to fo-Batman being Jason?