Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Two #4

Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Two #4

Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciller: Mike S. Miller
Inker: Saleem Crawford
Colorist: Rex Lokus
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Cover Artists: Jheremy Raapack with David Lopez and Santi Casas of Ikari Studio

Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Two #4 focuses on Sinestro and Hal Jordan. In the first half of the issue, we hear Sinestro recount his tragic life story in a bid to win Superman’s trust. The second half of the comic showcases Hal Jordan’s attempt to sway the Guardians from their course of action against Superman. Both stories have their emotional notes. The plots are engaging. And while both chapters are set pieces preparing for yet another epic clash of heroes, they do a good job of providing entertainment for the reader and establishing anticipation for what’s to come.

The Sinestro half kicks off the issue and it’s a heck of a way to get things going. Here we have a villain who’s actually able to sweet talk Superman into an alliance against the Guardians. Sinestro draws on their similarities while spinning a glossed over tail of how he came to be on this path of rage and anger. Flash and Lex Luthor try to warn Superman, but as Sinestro’s tail continues, it’s easy to see it’s having an affect on the man of steel.

The content of this part is a visual splendor. There’s a very glossy, clean look to the present day scenes showing Sinestro in his red force field prison cell. The flashback scenes are a little more subdued in the coloring, making them appear older. There are panels of Sinestro before his downfall, happy to do the Guardians’ bidding. Then the scenes change to bloodshed and enslavement as Sinestro turns his attention toward his home planet and the mistreatment he sees there. The most shocking image of all for me was a scene of Sinestro holding up his child, a massive smile on his face, and flecks of blood up and down his arms and on his chest. In the background is the shocked look of his wife. That contrast between reality and Sinestro’s perception is mirrored perfectly with the artwork and the narration. While the art shows the brutal truth, the narration paints the lies Sinestro has fooled himself into believing.

Following that is Hal Jordan’s story on Oa in the audience of the Guardians. They’ve made their decision to stop Superman and Hal tries to persuade them that Superman isn’t doing anything wrong. They don’t see it his way, and Hal’s not about to back down. This leads to some friction as Kilowog is put in charge of the task force sent to Earth. Hal’s story is done well, his arguments are reasonable, and it all serves the plot as the Green Lanterns are mobilized in force to take on Superman. It also makes a nice contrast to Sinestro’s tale.

Green Lantern fans will definitely want to check this issue out. It features good characterization and nice artwork. Sinestro is handled perfectly. He’s intelligent, crafty, and yet not watered down or falsely portrayed as a good guy. With the Lanterns heading toward Earth, Superman may finally be meeting his match. As part of the overall Injustice story, this is another excellent chapter in the series. I give it a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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