There’s no turning back. This is a battle to the end.
Superman’s Justice League overhears a distress call from within the ruins of Metropolis. Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern being the only ones whom can withstand or protect themselves from the radiation due to fall out investigates. Meanwhile, Batman’s group are still in the works planning on defeating Superman, and his plan begins when his forces manage to capture Hawkgirl. -summary
Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 2 doesn’t disappoint as it properly follows up the first volume by clearing up some story elements introduced earlier, delivering some nice plot twist, and continuing with intriguing build up. Once again, the only flaw here is possibly the artwork in some areas. Fortunately the constant character development and gripping story elements more than make up for this. This volume collects issues 7 – 12.
Since this is the second volume some spoilers will be added to better explain the storyline. In the first volume, the Joker decided to pick a feud with Superman due to his constant defeats at Batman’s hands. He kidnaps Superman’s wife, Lois Lane, and tricks him into accidentally killing her which leads to further tragedy; consumed by blind rage, Superman kills the Joker and then decides to police up the entire world through a totalitarian rule. Batman chooses to oppose Superman and all of his supporters, by putting together his own group and working with the US government.
Injustice is a storyline based on the hit fighting game released in 2013, and it’s set in an alternate reality, which is again, a very good thing since this allows writers to pull off things that otherwise wouldn’t fly in main continuity. So far under these rules, Tom Taylor has delivered something special and at this point I still consider Injustice among the best stories of this type.
The plot begins when Superman rescues Lex Luthor from Metropolis whom was hiding out in a secret bunker. In this world they are very good friends, and immediately Luthor proves a worthy addition to the group since he hopes to bolster their thin ranks by creating super powered beings through an experimental pill. Batman learns of this and attempts a means to fight back.
I really enjoy Tom Taylor’s writing in these types of settings, and this storyline has encouraged me to catch up on Earth 2, because I heard he took over writing duties on that title. He gives the characters their own voice, and although he spends a small amount developing some of them. He still manages to make them feel important; Shazam comes off really strong here as he debates with his alter-ego Billy Batson on whether supporting Superman is actually a good thing, and this new world order apparently is taking its toll on him. Flash is another stand out having a very important debate with Superman on how this thing can possibly escalate in the wrong way. Perhaps the best moments in this book is when there’s no action at all, because everyone actually has something to say.
Injustice reminds me a lot of Marvel’s 2007 mega event Civil War, except Taylor does a much better job than Mark Millar by providing various examples plus creating better arguments, and he just seems to have a better grasp on creating dramatic segments. There’s a bit of action as well with the heroes forced to work with each other to battle against an alien force, and then later fighting amongst themselves; but the highlight is definitely Superman’s descent into perhaps madness.
Superman truly believes in what he’s doing, and he blames Batman for everything because he could have gotten rid of the Joker years ago. I never really understood Batman’s argument until now; he claims that if the Joker ever died by his hands that he would keep killing since it would be the easiest solution. There’s plenty of truth to this when looking at Superman, whom has killed again since taking out Joker. However, the entire world and his allies praises him for these killings, by stating he just saved more lives in the future. Taylor blurs the lines here and examines them a great deal, which can play with the readers by leaving them with conflicting ethics.
The artwork is a revolving door of artists with some just not as good as others. The action is pretty well captured and it’s nice watching Superman cut loose. It can be over the top but not as brutal as the first volume. There’s some nice coloring of explosions, and the character designs are decent. Fan boys will probably find the females to be way too average; there’s no heavy exaggerations on Black Canary’s curves. I don’t have a problem with this, however I know some may have a fit.
Injustice Volume 2 is very well done and the cliffhanger ends this book on a high note. I almost can’t even wait for the next volume due out in one week. I highly recommend this to DC fans and fans of the game. Also, it’s very important to read the first volume.
Pros: Excellent follow up that builds high expectations for later
Cons: Artwork is still a minor issue here