Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Two #5

Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Two #5

Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciller: Bruno Redondo
Inker: Julien Hugonnard-Bert
Colorist: Rex Lokus
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Cover Artist: Jheremy Raapack with David Lopez and Santi Casas of Ikari Studio

Quick but forceful, Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Two #5 gets to the point as the Green Lantern Corps takes on the man of steel. Can the Green Lanterns beat Superman? Yes. How? Well, that’s where Tom Taylor’s trademark humor comes in. And this issue ends on one hell of a dark gallows joke.

Some good examples of the detail and quality of the character art.

The issue starts off with Sinestro trying to convince Lex Luthor to set him free. While Sinestro is always a villain, Lex often plays both sides as a very gray character. Sinestro plays on that factor to get what he wants. With Bruno Redondo on board for the pencils, we get the classic image of Sinestro I always envision for the character. He looks like the upper class type of victorian era individual who just needs a top hat and coat tails. It makes him look noble and wise but on that border with Dick Dastardly or Professor Fate, the classic mustache twirling villains.

Also in prison is Hal Jordan. Like Sinestro, he has a captor and needs a way out. And like Sinestro, he wants to help Superman. But how will Hal deal with working alongside Sinestro? How will Superman balance the two as allies? Alas, it’s too soon to deal with that in this issue, but hopefully we’ll see it tackled in the issues to come.

Some very nice shots of Salaak.

The meat of this story is the Green Lanterns facing off against Superman. Led by Kilowog, they come to blows with the famed Kryptonian. It’s a fight full of surprises that I won’t spoil here. The action scenes can be sparse on dialog which moves things along pretty fast as the explosions begin. Yet the dialog and the art squeezes in some good laughs even in such a momentous fight. Some are light-hearted. One is just plain grim, but still utterly funny.

An iconic close-up of Superman looking very much like his old self. It’s hard to remember that this guy is going to go crazy and establish a dictatorship over the world.

Tightly tucked into all of that is a small plot builder involving Guy and Black Canary. It’s just a dialog scene, and very low key in comparison to the fight with Superman. Thus it’s easy to miss the importance of it. Black Canary is allied with Batman and thus in opposition to Superman. Guy is friendly with Canary. He mentions Kyle’s disappearance. They offhandedly remark that someone needs to stop Superman. End result: Batman may have just gained a Green Lantern ally.

With great artwork and good storytelling, this issue is a quick, fun read. It packs a punch and keeps the story rolling as the overall plot builds for even bigger surprises. I’m really enjoying the Green Lantern theme, so it’ll be sad to see the story transition away. But for now, it’s a blast. I give Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Two #5 a five out of five metal bikinis. This series is still riding on a high and definitely worth checking out.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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