Injustice: Gods Among Us #7

Injustice: Gods Among Us #7

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artists: Kevin Maguire, Tom Derenick, and Neil Googe
Colorists: Rosemary Cheetham and Alejandro Sanchez
Cover Artist: Mico Suayan, David Lopez (colorist) and Santi Casas (colorist)

Spoiler Warning: Some serious spoilers are included in this review.

Injustice: Gods Among Us #7 steps the series up with some interesting developments. In this issue we see Shazam get some attention, followed by the introduction of Lex Luthor and a sneaky plot by Batman to undermine the Justice League. While the three stories don’t flow together that well, they do propel the overall story forward.

Part one focuses on Shazam. It opens with his kid form going around asking people whether they think the things the Justice League is doing is right or wrong. Intertwined into those panels is a fight between the Justice League and Black Adam. Using brute force, Wonder Woman, Superman, Cyborg and Shazam subdue Black Adam from a violent rampage, but it raises the question of whether they’re doing what’s right. While Superman and Wonder Woman are set on their course, Shazam begins to wonder. That said, I think there were some missed opportunities to really drive the message home. The idea of whether or not the Justice League is doing what’s right has already been raised in the series. This part of the story could have helped provide some compelling arguments one way or another. However we don’t get to see what Black Adam was doing or why. Instead we get some vague dialog about a rocket attack and his need for vengeance. It would have been more emotionally compelling if the comic would have shown a scene or two of what caused Black Adam to spring into action and what kind of carnage he unleashed. As is, we’re left with vague ideas. Nevertheless, a wedge is definitely driven into Shazam’s conscience. Whether that will lead to his eventual defection or not is left to be seen.

Part two creates a little bit of mystery via a broadcast from the radioactive ruin of Metropolis. It would appear there’s a survivor amongst the rubble. The survivor turns out to be Lex Luthor. As the story moves forward, bringing Lex into the picture is a nice way to change things up. Lex isn’t brought in as a villain, but an old friend of Superman’s and thus a potential ally for the Justice League. Lex offers to help them start planning instead of just reacting. This opens up some really interesting possibilities. How will Lex Luthor’s input change the actions of the Justice League? Will this be a good or bad turn for them? And will Batman try to take Lex out?

The third part of this issue springs Batman into action while Wonder Woman is off in Mogadishu. Batman puts together a team formed by Captain Atom, Black Lightning, Huntress and Catwoman. Together they take down Hawkgirl and replace her with an imposter who infiltrates the Justice League. Meanwhile Wonder Woman deals with an issue in Mogadishu where soldiers are abusing female refugees. As is the theme for this series, the solution is quick and brutal. Wonder Woman kills the commander of the soldiers and hands the guns over to the women to dispense their own justice. On one hand, I like seeing the actions of the Justice League and how their new roles are playing out, but Wonder Woman’s storyline was awfully disjointed from Batman’s capture mission and the infiltration of the Justice League. Still, I really liked the infiltration storythread. It pits Batman against Lex as they try to outsmart each other.

Overall I liked this issue. It raised some interesting questions and opened up some new possibilities for the series. Throwing Lex Luthor into the mix seems like a great move. While it wasn’t perfect, it laid some good groundwork for the overall story. I give Injustice: Gods Among Us #7 a four out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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