Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Two #12

Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Two #12

Writer: Tom Taylor
Layouts: Bruno Redondo
Penciller: Bruno Redondo and Xermanico
Inkers: Julien Hugonnard-Bert and Juan Albarran
Colorists: Rex Lokus and J. Nanjan
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Cover Artist: Jheremy Raapack, David Lopez and Santi Casas

Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Two #12 brings a nice endcap to this chapter of the series. The good guys do not win, but some of them live, and some even find hope. For the bad guys, the heroes have fallen from grace, and they have saved the world. However, being saved isn’t always a good thing. Superman and Sinestro are ushering in a new era of suppression and fear.

Storywise, this issue is outstanding. Tom Taylor weaves in some great character moments. Sinestro really shines, but Black Canary bookends the issue with some really impactful, emotional scenes. Plus there’s Superman falling deep into the dark side and sowing destruction. There’s action, surprises and great characterizations. Without ending the war, he brings an end to the battle, and provides a resting point for the story. It’s a moment for readers to sit back and take it all in.

Adding to the beauty of this issue is the gorgeous artwork. With a wide array of artists, they pull off an excellent series of panels that flow together seamlessly. There’s no jarring change of style. They capture and enhance the emotions of the character whether there’s words or no words, adding greatly to the story. And this issue delivers some great imagery to get lost in. From personal betrayal to one-on-one combat with a planet, you’ll want to soak in the artwork for all its beauty.

The cover for this issue is simply poignant. Superman is a done in dark shadow as his head flanks the Earth. Below, there is aftermath of the battle. Carnage. Bodies. And the sullen victors. Floating above the skulls is a triumphant Sinestro adorned in his rarely seen helmet. Of all the victors, he’s the only one who really gets his way. The thing is, this dark, grisly cover is a moment of victory. These are the winners of the battle. This is what victory looks like. It’s worth a second look.

For bringing Year Two to a satisfying end, I give all the creators behind this series high praise. This was a truly solid arc with one good issue after another. There were lots of payoffs, excellent characters, and a great combination of visual and written storytelling. I give Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Two #12 a five out of five metal bikinis. If you’re not reading this series, you’re missing out.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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