Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Injustice 2 #34 Review

Injustice 2 #34

Writer: Tom Taylor
Art Team: Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran, Rex Lokus
DC Comics
Release Date: November 28, 2017
Cover Price: $.99

Amazo's Animal Farm

How you doing fellow Injustice 2 junkies?  I’ve been on pins and needles for a week now with a cliffhanger hanging over my head I needed to see resolved. Well, that resolution is reached quickly this issue, and it might not please the everyday citizen of Williams, AZ in the Injustice universe. Enough of dancing around whats going on in issue thirty four let's get to reviewing.

The issue starts by resuming where we left off with the new Amazo, built by Ra’s and company, and things get very dark very quick.  The poor saps of Williams, Arizona never even see it coming, in the middle of the night no less, as Amazo takes the entire town’s population down from 3,023 to 0 with ease … SPIN ZONE: the town’s environment and animals, including house pets, are all left unharmed … at least physically.    

Batman, tucked in nice and warm with Selena, gets woken up by Brother Eye to alert him to the ‘event’, due to a sudden mass drop in population.  Batman asks Selena to stay with a still recovering Alfred and takes a small team of Batgirl and Plastic Man to go investigate the mass extinction event.

When the heroes arrive on the scene they are appalled, and completely stumped, as to what could possibly cause such havoc, with no clues left pointing them to anyone responsible. The only lead that they notice to move on is that all the animals seem to all be fine, inching towards Ra’s being responsible in some way, shape, or form, from their recent experiences past.

A quick peak at Ra’s and Crew reveals the ‘other’ Batman, whose identity has been kept under wraps so far, may not be 100% on board with this latest move on innocents … uh oh trouble in paradise possibly? This is a cool twist I didn't see coming.

The issue wraps up with a pretty typically great Tom Taylor cliffhanger as Plastic Man, trying to corral any loose animals he can rescue, runs into a very feisty cat filled with RAGE … who later becomes a character itself, for reasons I'm not disclosing here, and you'll have to buy the book to find out … I do know Luke Hollywood was a HUGE fan though.

Overall, while there weren't a whole lot of new developments this issue that weren't started in the previous one, between the cool cliffhanger, and building up a new credible threat for our heroes to battle, I thoroughly enjoyed everything I was given. Tom Taylor especially does a great job of showcasing what a brutal scene the heroes step into. Seeing our unflappable heroes caught off guard by the chaos really comes through beautifully in this issue ... Taylor continues to put out a product fully worth investing in which I and all readers appreciate.

The art team of Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran, and Rex Lokus does another bang up job, especially when rendering the animals, which I find to be one of the hardest things to personally draw in the history of mankind. This book really hits on all fronts consistently.    

Bits and Pieces    

Injustice 2 comes through once again with a great issue developing a new threat, really putting our heroes backs against the wall, and even sly dropping an awesome cliffhanger on us to wrap it all up in style. Don't be scared of the stigma 'video game' books have ... Try this out.


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