Injustice: Gods Among Us #12

Injustice: Gods Among Us #12

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artists: Mike S. Miller and Tom Derenick
Colorist: David Lopez & Santi Casas of Ikari Studio
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Cover Artist: Mico Suayan with Santi Casas & David Lopez of Ikari Studio

Injustice: Gods Among Us #12 wraps up year one with a gut wrenching ending. Faced with the deepest loss in his life, Superman has been sliding into a downward spiral of denial. Rather than accepting the blame for Lois’ death, or rightfully placing it on the Joker, Superman has redirected the fault on Batman. All his anger, all his rage and all his frustration have been placed on the dark knight. No one can talk him out of it. Mico Suayan’s cover says it all and sums it up beautifully.

The issue begins violently. The blood of the Green Arrow dripping off Superman’s fists. Rage in Superman’s eyes. When his parents try to talk him down, Superman simply looks for another target: Batman. The dark knight knows his time is running out. He has only a short amount of time to analyze the the drug created by Lex Luthor to make anyone into a super hero. With a few farewells, the showdown begins. Batman versus Superman. Rather than just letting the artists tell the story with a series of dramatic, violent panels, Tom Taylor amps up the story with some gripping dialog. Superman may have the advantage when it comes to strength, but Batman proves that his tongue can be just as violent. Not giving him one inch of ground, Batman cuts to the heart of the conflict, tearing apart every stance Superman has taken. Yet it’s not enough.

Taking the place of Bane, Superman breaks Batman’s back, taking him out of the fight. But even in defeat, Batman gives the man of steel one last shot to strike at his core. The super drug has been analyzed. Soon, the tables will turn. Plus Tom Taylor throws one last surprise into the story. As the issue wraps up, Superman addresses the UN and firmly places himself in control of the world. And so it ends.

Issue #12 marks the end of year one, and what an end. Tom Taylor has laid out a tense, dark story of super heroes run amok. Almost the opposite of DC Comics’ Forever Evil series, Injustice shows what happens when the good guys go wrong and wage war for control of the world. All in all, it’s a great story, and worth checking out. To make things even better, Mike S. Miller provides some excellent artwork in this issue with great coloring by David Lopez and Santi Casas. Tom Derenick also does a few pages in the middle, but I liked Miller’s work a lot better. Thankfully, Miller covers some of the most pivotal scenes, and the pages Derenick does do aren’t that bad.

Injustice Year Two #1 will be out today, kicking off a new chapter in the series. With the scope of ground and storytelling covered in year one, I’m fully onboard for the journey. Injustice: Gods Among Us has instilled in me a love and interest in the classic DC characters. I want to see where Tom Taylor will take them next. For knocking out an excellent end to the first year, I give Injustice: Gods Among Us #12 a five out of five metal bikinis. Right now, this is the best series DC Comics has in my opinion.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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