Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Injustice 2 #32 Review

Injustice 2 #32

Writer: Tom Taylor
Art Team: Tom Derenick, Rex Lokus
DC Comics
Release Date: November 15, 2017
Cover Price: $.99

Flash Being Flashy

Well I personally was calling for a little more Earth action in this series, after taking a detour of sorts lately, and lucky for me I got exactly what I asked for.  Do we check back in on the main events of the series? No, but we do get to drop in on Barry Allen, after a long absence, and it leads to a nice little one shot here.  Interested yet? Why don't you donate a click to bloggers in need and check out this review for Injustice 2.

The story begins with Barry Allen walking on a desert road in Australia, not allowed to use his powers due to Batman placed restrictions, as we get insight into Barry’s inner monologue.  This particular road is a long stright open strech of land that used to be a place of peace for Barry, as the Flash, to run and clear his mind. Tom Taylor does a great job of using the setting in this story as backdrop for this long walk as a way to catalogue Barry’s regrets and feelings, while also catching up readers who may have missed parts of Injustice past history.

Barry’s focus moves to a former hero named Mitchell (a.k.a. Galaxor) who was brutally taken down by Wonder Woman and Superman while he (Barry) sided with them. Barry feels ashamed his vision was clouded at the time of these events, and that he never stood up to to Supes and Wonder Woman, like Galaxor had the guts too.

Before we dwell to long on past events, an out of control truck bursts onto the highway in the middle of jackknifing, due to dangers of this long road, mainly boring people to death while driving. Barry, despite the limitations placed on him, decides to save the driver of this solo wreck, using his speed powers of course, and gets right to work doing just that, saving the man from dying. Batman is obviously alerted to the fact Barry broke his promise, basically giving Barry a pass, in a special Batman type of way, for saving a life.

The story comes full circle in the end as Barry ultimately arrives at the destination he was headed for but I don't want to spoil to much more from here on out.  However, what you should know is there is some great writing done in this third act by Tom Taylor, that truly almost 100% redeems this universe's version of Barry for his previous misgivings in one single issue.  Read it and check out why, I promise even long time Flash fans will love everything about this issue.

Overall Injustice 2 #32 is a fantastic comic book, even if you aren't reading this series on the regular. This issue that takes a detour to visit a character we haven't seen in awhile, but Tom Taylor uses the page space brilliantly to make what would normally be a throw away, one shot, filler issue for most series, into something so much more.

The art continues to be awesome in this series, and although I didn't initially recognize the characters face as Barry Allen at the start of the issue, by the end this art teams look grew on me and I was fine with it.

Bits and Pieces

Injustice 2 #32 shifts the focus of this issue to Barry Allen literally and figuratively on the road to redemption. Tom Taylor uses every page of this digital comic to deliver an emotionally impactful issue that can be enjoyed by series regulars, Barry Allen fans, or even just anybody who finds joy in comic books.


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