Injustice: Gods Among Us #2

Injustice: Gods Among Us #2

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artists: Mike S. Miller and Bruno Redondo
Colorist: Alejandro Sanchez
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Cover Artists: Jheremy Raapack and Andrew Elder

As impressed as I was with Injustice: Gods Among Us #1, Tom Taylor manages to raise the bar with another perfect introduction in Gods Among Us #2. The dialog between Batman and Joker is the best. Honestly. The. Best. It’s comic gold. You have to read this stuff.

Batman (in reference to Superman): “You took his wife. His unborn child. And his city from him. Why?”

Joker: Why? You need a reason? It’s probably the same reason I beat that puppy to death with a kitten last week. When the howling and meowing stops, and all you’re left with is a mess of fur and blood and brains–well, you can’t beat that warm glowing feeling inside.”

Batman: “This has always been about us. Why did you do this to him?”

Joker: “Every time you and I play, I lose. I was getting a bit bored of always losing. I thought I’d try this on easy mode for a bit. And it was easy. It was as easy as beating a puppy to death with a kitten.”

It’s dark. It’s intelligent. It’s witty. It nails all the right elements for each character and the mood of the story. It also ensnares the reader, plunging them all the way into the page. It’s perfect.

From there, we get to see Superman’s fall from grace. Imagine if the Dark Knight had featured Superman instead of Two Face, and the Joker won. Let me tell you, it would have been a beautiful thing. Then we get to see a highlight of Harley Quinn’s character and the Green Arrow which adds both depth to the characters and some well placed humor. After that, the action goes back to Superman as he asserts his power on Earth…and over it.

The artwork throughout the issue meshes well with the story, enhancing the overall experience. There are nice shots of each character. There are plenty of panels that zoom in on the emotion, be in pain, fury or laughter. Plus the two artists in this issue have very close styles which helps things move along seamlessly. Bruno Redondo, who did the artwork for Darth Maul: Death Sentence and The Brainiac-Sinestro Corps War (both written by Tom Taylor), did a good job with the Harley Quinn and Green Arrow story that fell in the middle of this issue. Mike S. Miller also did a great job with Superman, Joker and Wonder Woman.

If you haven’t dived into this series yet, you should. I give Injustice: Gods Among Us #2 an outstanding five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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