Book Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us (Volume 1)

Title: Injustice: Gods Among Us
Author: Tom Taylor
Illustrations: Jheremy Raapack, Various
Rating:
Genre: Graphic Novel, Comic
Pages: 192
Published by: DC Comics
First Published: January 15th, 2013
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased

Goodreads Synopsis:
A New York Times Bestseller!

From the makers of Mortal Kombat comes the critically acclaimed prequel comic to the smash hit fighting game Injustice: Gods Among Us!

Things in the DC Universe have changed after Superman is tricked into destroying the one thing he loves the most. Now unwilling to let crime go unpunished, the heroes of our world must choose if they are with Superman or against him. But not every country will submit to his new world order and neither will Superman’s greatest threat—Batman!

 

So you DC lovers or gamers out there probably already know about this comic book. This is based on the video game and let me tell you it’s one heck of a video game. From the makers of Mortal Kombat! But this isn’t a review on the game so I won’t talk about that. Let’s talk about the comic (NO SPOILERS):

So it opens with Batman overlooking the quiet Gotham and night and everything seems fine and normal but then he explains (in his grim soliloquy) it’s not the quiet of sleeping people but the silence of fear. And that’s when we see there are soldiers marching in the streets and that there are banners with Superman’s emblem. Superman is ruling the world.

So yes, it opens with a BAM! and you’re kind of left like “Whaaa…?” on the first page. The Man of Steel banners in Gotham? The Man of Steel ruling the world?

The video game takes place in that time where Superman is ruling, but this is a prequel to the video game so after the first page in the comic it goes back 5 years to show you how it all evolved and came to that point.

I can’t say much without spoiling it but basically what happens is that Superman goes through a terrible tragedy and that is the thing that sets this whole plot in motion. It sets him on a rampage. He is determine to stop all wars and have all criminals answer for their crimes. Doesn’t sound too bad, huh? Well it isn’t that simple. Yes that sounds like a perfect world of safety but is it really possible to live in such a utopian world? What about all the heated histories between countries? They’re not going to simply stop their battles merely because Superman said so. Superman and the heroes on his side start to realize this and start taking matters further. They start making examples of important figures. What started out as a noble idea starts to shift into something more dark and it changes the views of those superheroes (supporting and taking action in this cause) to the public and also some other heroes who believe this call for a world-wide cease fire has gone too far.

It divides the Justice League into those supporting Superman and those against him. Although Batman sympathizes with his friend he recognizes the bad that can come from this; the protests, retaliations, and the state of the world ruled by a man with that much power acting on grief. So this sets them on opposing sides and it’s kind of sad seeing them transition to that point.

In this comic you’ll see beloved superheroes like Batman, Superman, Flash, Green Arrow, Nightwing and villains Harley Quinn, the Joker and Doomsday. Although many villians make an appearance in this volume, it’s more about the internal struggles and how the team splits apart and start to oppose each other. This is Volume 1 which consists of the first 6 issues of Injustice and let me tell you crap goes down in just the first issue! DC had some guts with this story line, man. Some of the characters we’re used to seeing are killed off. This is serious. It’s action packed and I can’t wait to read more.

The art in here is awesome! I love it. I loved the illustrations and the colors chosen for the scenes. There are so many artists in this volume and I did see a slight difference in the art as the story went on but not to the extent where bothered me. It was actually quite interesting to see different pencilers and inkers come together to make this comic.

It isn’t absolutely necessary to know all the heroes and villains in this comic but it helps if you do know at least the basics. For example, when Doomsday makes an appearance and you’re not familiar with him then you won’t know right away that he is Superman’s villain (he can get Superman to sweat in combat situations) but it will be clear once you see Superman’s reaction. Also Dick Grayson who was once Robin became Nightwing as he got older and another kid (won’t go into detail) took over the Robin persona. I bring this up because my sister had no idea who Nightwing was and I though maybe this might need some clarification to those of you out there who haven’t got that far along in Dick Grayson’s character development. That’s pretty much it. Again it isn’t really necessary to know the history of the characters. You can still enjoy all the action and excitement in here.

The only thing that I dont’t enjoy bout DC and Marvel is the sexualization of their female characters. Their provocative clothing draws the attention away from their actual role they play as strong female characters. I’m not saying dress them like nuns but their costumes are just rediculous.

They’re not even realistic. There’s no way most of the costumes can be comfortable kicking, running (in heels), and jumping. Come on.

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