Saturday, August 19, 2017

Injustice #19 Review

Injustice 2 #19

Writer: Tom Taylor
Art Team: Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Rex Lokus
DC Comics
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Cover Price: $ 0.99

Bombs Away!!

We’re getting far into the digital first series Injustice 2 but by no means has that made it any less enjoyable.  Quite the contrary Injustice 2 is really starting to hit its stride with several plot points merging together here in Chapter 19.  So, what happens to our team once they get inside of Ra’s Al Ghul’s headquarters … let’s find out.

This issue starts by picking up where the cliffhanger to last issue left off, with the entrance the team arrived through now no longer their exit, as they continue their hunt for their kidnapped children. We discover the Bat team’s communication to the outside (Blue Beatle), due to the explosion, is compromised but the team trudges on, deciding an exit can be figured out later. 

Batgirl gets word from Plastic Man that he and his son are nearing in on the location of the children, hysterically disguised as a plastic serving bowl.  With that knowledge in hand Batman and Wildcat decide to separate from the rest of the group, to go after a resurrected Alfred and Damien, who Batman says he will take home ‘kicking and screaming’ if he has too.   

Checking in on the kids of Harley Quinn, Green Arrow/Black Canary, and Black Lighting, we see they are developing a plan of their own to possibly wiggle free of Ra’s. Conner has been a highlight for me personally and we see Black Lighting kids are pretty alright too because they have a few tricks of their own up their sleeves to help matters along.  

At about the halfway point of our chapter a quick check in on Batman and Wildcat is over in a snap after they become overwhelmed by Poison Ivy in Ra’s forest.  However, there is some good news for our group of ‘good guys’, as Ra’s gathering forces is really shown to be Plastic Man tricking his way into the kid’s room they’re held in and the escape is on … Harley sees what’s going down and wants in seeing this as her way out of the Suicide Squad she gotten sucked back into finally too.

The path the escape is never easy, if you’ve read any comic book you know this, and this is no special circumstance.  Plastic Man, Harley, and the kids run into Ra’s forces, specifically Killer Crock and Orca, on their escape walk out. The ‘Plastic Men’ make the heroes choice telling Harley and company to run to the teleportation chamber in room 3 while they keep these people busy.   Unfortunately for Harley and the kids they don’t get too far before they’re confronted by??? Guess you’ll have to buy this a find out the cliffhanger yourself but I will say it will get you back for twenty for sure, so be prepared to part with .99 more cents next week.  

Don’t let the fact this is a weekly digital title deter you from jumping in and having a blast.  I continue to love this series for how its written, drawn, colored and any other reason I may have missed there. Tom Taylor’s story is full of characters I never loved, except Batman, but now do through some consistently proficient writing and witty dialogue.  The cliffhangers continue to always be gripping, making me count the days to my next taste. I just find that, often, this title is one of my favorite books I read week in and week out.

The art by Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, and Rex Lokus is above and beyond what you’d expect to get for .99 cents a week. There are so many characters to draw in this book I’m not sure how they remember who wears what but everyone looks fantastic so keep up the magnificent work guys.

Bits and Pieces

Batman’s team pursuing the kids’ Ra’s has kidnapped has really grabbed my attention. This series, which continues to put out high quality issues week in and week out, is a must read for anyone even remotely interested in the Injustice concept, no video game experience needed.


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