For the first time, the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game is in comic book format and from Harley’s perspective. We open up to Harley Quinn narrating a story for us. It’s sort of a recap of the Injustice storyline—nothing new to fans of the series or game. We see Harley as a hero and take a nice trip down memory lane. This lasts for almost the entire issue. Towards the end, a new story begins to unfold. Harley has her own army, and she’s in charge. Despite her unorthodox ways of going about life goals and plans for the future and what not, I can’t help but be on her side.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the Injustice series, this issue will let you know everything you need to (this is not to say that actually reading injustice isn’t worth your time). While a comic book that is mostly recap proves to be monotonous and maybe even boring, Harley Quinn forces it the other way. Christopher Sebela’s script has a lot of energy, appropriate for Harley’s character. The second half of the issue picks up the pace when Batman sends Harley to attack a factory making super-pills for the Regime.
As much as I love Sebela’s writing, it doesn’t make as much of an impact as Tom Taylor’s did on the original Injustice. Having said that, though, this issue barely had any of the new story in it. This issue is really, really text heavy, too. Hopefully once things start to move along, we’ll see more of what Sebela can do with Harley’s character and her position of power over her Joker army.
Pop Mhan and Tom Derenick’s artwork is brilliant. Deep shadows and detailed highlights make for a very dramatic plot, even if it is basically all a recap. The character designs are really thoughtfully illustrated, with accentuated aspects of each being more prominent than others. The eeriness of the Joker army’s matching face masks is all too eerie to even begin to describe. Harley can really do some damage with this group, and I’m looking forward to seeing how. Rex Lokus’ colors help carry the tone of the issue throughout the entire book. There are dark and rather dramatic hues to outline Harley’s new take on Injustice, and they are perfectly done with respect to anatomy and realism.
For anyone who read the original Injustice storyline or played the game, this a great series to read in order to get a new take on the entire ordeal. Readers who are new to Injustice will enjoy it just as much, so long as they pay close attention to Harley’s storytelling in this issue. Either way, this is a great read for anyone interested in the DC Universe.
Written by: Christopher Sebela
Illustrated by: Pop Mhan & Tom Derenick