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Comic Book Review – Injustice: Gods Among Us #1-3

By: Adam Basciano

Injustice Gods Among Us #1-3 Cover

“The Man of Steel’s at a happy point in his life–he’s got some good news to share with Batman. But tragic times are just around the corner, as one of Batman’s deadliest foes is in Metropolis on a surprise visit! When someone close to Superman disappears–apparently a kidnapping victim–the Man of Steel summons his fellow Justice League members to help him search. But why can’t Superman find this person himself? And will their efforts be in time? Superman battles one of his most deadly foes while an innocent life is in danger. Tragic events are about to unfold that will change the course of history for the heroes of the DC Universe. It all kicks into high gear here!” (DC Comics)

Injustice Gods Among Us - Superman and Batman discuss big news

Comic book based video games have for the most part been absolutely horrible, with the exception of the Batman: Arkham series.  Likewise, comic book tie ins for said games have been nothing more than a cash crab.  So, it is with absolute pleasure that I declare this prequel comic to a video game of the same name, absolutely fantastic!  This is a darker take on the DC Universe than normal but with good reason.  This book definitely has a mix of “Kingdom Come” and “Red Son” to it, with writer Tom Taylor putting his own unique twist on the proceedings.  Taylor takes Superman from the highest of high’s to the lowest of low’s emotionally speaking.  One issue Superman discovers his wife Lois Lane is pregnant, but by issue three both Lois and his baby have died by Superman’s hand.  Well, the Joker, Harley Quinn and Scarecrow had a big part to play, but talk about hitting rock bottom.  The dialogue that accompanied Superman’s realization at what happened had me in tears. Tom Taylor handles the Lois/Clark, Batman/Superman, and Joker/Harley interactions perfectly.  It’s as if he’s been writing these characters for years.

Injustice Gods Among Us - Doomsday

The art by Jheremy Raapack and Mike Miller is just as strong as the writing.  Both artists effectively pull off the emotional roller coaster Superman and the other characters are going through.  These two artist really have a good handle on the armored costumes the heroes are wearing.  They’re far more armored than what we’ve seen in the New 52.  In the screenshots for the game some costumes look as though there’s too much going on there.  However, the two artists have these costumes growing on me.  There are some great images in this book including, Batman and Superman hovering above the night sky in Metropolis, Superman confronting and then flying “Doomsday” into space.  Then there’s the very ominous cover that makes you want to turn the page, digitally or physically!

Injustice Gods Among Us - Fatal Mistake!

I know it’s early, but this is the best Elseworld’s tale I’ve read in years!  Furthermore, It’s one of the best books DC Comics is putting out right now along with “Batman”, “Justice League” and “Aquaman”!

Overall Grade: 10/10

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2 comments on “Comic Book Review – Injustice: Gods Among Us #1-3

  1. Dear SimplySupermanBatman,
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  2. You also can’t forget that “Evil Superman” stories lose novelty after a while. If all you had were traditional, “Good Superman” stories, then one “Evil” would be much more unique. If you have a handful of “Evil” stories, now it starts feeling derivative. I think issues 2-4 weren’t bad, but issue #1 had me flashing back to all the “Evil” Superman stories, and all I could think of was “Here we go again.” Also, one of the more recent trailers are told mostly from a Batman point of view, which of course affects perception. I already prefer heroic Superman over a shady one, and now there’s a possibility that other heroes escape the moral chasm when Superman can’t? Granted, the worst set of circumstances happen to him, but a big part of the reason why the character appeals to me is because he overcomes these internal conflicts and makes the right choice. Otherwise, he’s just a comic book tough guy.

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