I often speak, or, more specifically, write about fans being torn or divided by certain comic books—you know, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure and all that jazz. I do this for a reason, and to put it simply for you, my fellow comic book fans, my Batman is different than your Batman. You say Christian Bale and I say Michael Keaton, and in my eyes, it’s okay because we’re still both talking about Batman.
I’m bringing this up now because I’m writing a review about a comic book that serves as the prelude to a video game that is filled with comic book characters, and some of you may not be okay with that. Some of you may think that Injustice 2 (the comic book series) is nothing more than an attempt to squeeze more money out of fans, and whether this is the case, I have no problem saying that Injustice 2 #1 is a damn good comic book.
“The all-new prequel to the highly anticipated Injustice 2 video game begins here! Original INJUSTICE writer Tom Taylor continues the story from the hit series INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US. Superman is imprisoned, and it’s up to Batman to put the world back together. But with Superman’s iron-fisted regime eliminated, other forces rise up to fill the void. And Batman doesn’t have a lot of allies left to help stop them.”
Regardless of whether you’re on board with this series, it exists, and to be frank, I’m glad that it does. Here’s why:
Firstly, seeing Superman locked-up for being a power-hungry nutcase is, in itself, a fine enough reason to pick this book up and give it a read. Sure, it’s happened before, but Superman doesn’t usually play a villain.
Secondly, Writer Tom Taylor and artist Bruno Redondo both do an excellent job here and produce a debut issue that is packed with action and laden with emotion. Taylor’s dialogue feels real, and Redondo’s artwork practically leaps from the page.
Throughout my read, I found myself growing more and more excited for what was to come—whether it be another issue or the video game itself—and now, after one hell of a cliffhanger ending, I cannot wait to see what’s to come.
Even if you’re unsure about getting into this, a comic book series that is based on a video game that is based on comic books, I say pick it up and give it a try.