Tom Taylor left Injustice: Gods Among Us in Year Three. He’s back, and ready to do more than ever with an alternate DCU. This series serves as a prequel to Injustice 2, the new and upcoming video game. It details what happens before the new game’s story mode. Batman is settling into and trying to save a world where Superman is no longer in tyrannical rule. But that doesn’t mean that there are no threats…
This issue starts just after Superman’s defeat. The issue now is how to rebuild the world again. Taylor makes it clear in the first few pages that Batman has a difficult journey ahead of him. Now that Batman is in power, he must keep his morals clear so as to not go down the same path as Superman.
The real conflict in this issue is masked a little by Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad, which Batman intends to use to his advantage. Taylor makes sure to make this DCU dark and mysterious, but he balances it nicely with a lot of strong personalities, namely Harley Quinn. Her presence alone, her dialogue, her humor—it’s all perfect, as she considers herself Batman’s new “Robin.”
We also see a bit of Dr. Fate, Green Arrow, and Black Canary—their exchange is concerning as to what world these characters should be in. Since Superman has been defeated, it’s safe for Black Canary to return to her own world. Batman needs them, and Dr. Fate knows it.
Bruno Redondo’s illustrations are always sleek, with clean line work and a cinematic quality that shows a lot of movement and fluidity from panel to panel. The character designs look almost identical to their depictions in the new game, which is really impressive. These characters are penciled with such precision and detail that this issue alone is one of the most immersive I’ve read in a while.
Rex Lokus’ colors help a lot with the realism in this issue. I’m nearly entranced by the dramatic lighting, heavy shadows, and realistic blending. The color plays a big part in the urgent tone of this issue, especially towards the end. I couldn’t imagine a better creative team for this series, and I can’t wait for more!
Taylor and Redondo have done a fantastic job with issue #1 of Injustice 2. It doesn’t progress as quickly as the first Injustice series, but it reads perfectly at a steady and comfortable pace. The conflict for the entire series isn’t perfectly defined, but that’s really not a major concern just yet. This issue shows us once again the enthralling work that this particular creative team can orchestrate and, I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for another wild ride of Injustice!
The Injustice 2 video game comes out on May 16th, so make sure to pre-order your copy now at injustice.com!
Written by: Tom Taylor
Illustrated by: Bruno Redondo