Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Three #2

Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Three #2

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Mike S. Miller
Layouts: Bruno Redondo
Finishes: Xermanigo
Colorist: J. Nanjan and Rex Lokus
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Cover Artist: Trevor McCarthy and Rex Lokus

Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Three #2 is a good character piece. Tom Taylor uses Constantine to bring Batman back to the forefront. The lurking presence reveals itself. Plus there are plenty of other character moments where others get to shine. Throw in some action and story building, and it’s a well rounded issue.

Things start out with various character highlights. Superman is on his throne for a few scenes showing how he has transformed into something other than a hero. Harley gets a funny scene with the Flash who is still in captivity. Then there’s a big gathering of Batman’s forces and John Constantine’s friends. This rolls into a character moment for Harvey Bullock and Detective Chimp. Lots of good dialog and good character moments ensue which are then interrupted by a burst of action: the Spectre, the spirit of vengeance.

I’m unfamiliar with the Spectre, so I’m not really sure how threatening of a force he is. He looks a little like Doctor Doom and seems to be pretty powerful. Constantine is certainly scared of him. However, there’s room for more exposition or development of this new villain. Just who or what is the Spectre?

Aside from that, the issue heads into it’s main point. Constantine pushes Batman, and the dark knight emerges.

Visually, the comic is great. The panels zero in on the character focuses, showing off the characters’ emotions, and really driving all that attention home. From an ominous Superman on his throne, to a smug Sinestro by his side, the comic starts right off with iconic imagery. The scenes with Harley and Flash add some humor. With the Flash tied down, the artists concentrate all of his emotion into his eyes, showcasing his terror. Even the simple things like everyone gathered together in the home of Jason Blood for a meeting to stop Superman accomplishes something significant. All of the characters look like there assembled together in a big room, ambly chilling out with a bunch of people, some they know, and some they don’t. Just like any large group, they linger toward the people their most familiar with. They carve out that chunk of space in the room for themselves. It’s not an impactful, in your face set of scenes. But for framing the series of dialog that flows on those pages, it capture just the right mood to encapsulate what’s going on. It’s low key and perfect. Of course, the quiet can only last so long, and then all hell breaks loose. When the action hits, the artwork steps up to the challenge and brings it to life. The emotions, the movement, it’s all there.

With another strong storyline backed by good artwork, Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Three #2 gets a five out of five metal bikinis. While I’m still catching up on this series, it’s nice to just take the time and enjoy each issue without the rush. With Tom Taylor’s impending exit from the series, I’m set to enjoy each issue to the end.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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