Injustice: Gods Among Us #8

Injustice: Gods Among Us #8

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

Spoiler Warning: This review includes some serious spoilers.

Injustice: Gods Among Us #8 pushes Superman’s buttons to the limit. Earth is attacked by a full fledged alien invasion and Kalibak makes Superman question his moral code. The result is a mass slaughter…and peace.

First off, the artwork in this issue is really nice. The pencils, the inks and the coloring all come together for some great visuals. It’s been awhile since the series looked this good. The art team also takes an opportunity to insert themselves in the crowd. If you look closely, you’ll spot writer Tom Taylor in his iconic hat, artist Mike S. Miller and I believe Tom Derenick as well.

Digging into the story, I like how this issue mixed action with plot development. We see the results of the fake Hawkgirl insertion into Justice League headquarters as well as the new leadership of Lex Luthor. Lex tries to outsmart Batman and get ahead of the negative publicity the Justice League is stirring up on the world. His grand scheme: a public address to the people of Earth. Elsewhere there’s some serious trouble brewing as Darkseid and Kalibak decide to take out Superman and conquer Earth. The result is a full fledged attack on every major city. Obviously this puts a kink in Superman’s big speech, but it also draws the Justice League and Batman together for a very brief moment as they both drop their animosity toward one another to defend the planet.

The story takes things a step further as Superman and Kalibak face off against each other. Kalibak, unaware of Superman’s new ideology, taunts the Kryptonian by waving in his face his moral code. Kalibak thinks Superman won’t kill his enemies. The villain soon finds out just how wrong he is. We also get to see just how deadly Superman can be when he’s fully unleashed.

I like how the issue and the series overall is exploring the idea of right and wrong. It brings up the question of whether superheroes like Superman should kill the villains that threaten Earth or let them live to threaten it again. It’s always a matter of murky steps leading to dark ends. Yet the choice seems so straightforward. Why let the badguys kill millions of people just because you don’t want to kill anyone yourself? It’s a dangerous step, but it’s oh so tempting.

In Injustice: Gods Among Us #8, we see that temptation and the dilemma Superman is faced with. Alongside the story we get some great artwork. With top notch dialog, visuals and storytelling, I give this issue a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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