‘Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 1’ review
By Brittney MacDonald, Life & Style Editor
I wasn’t expecting much from Injustice: Gods Among Us, mostly due to the game—which, although good, is little more than a Mortal Kombat clone. Well, I’m happy to report I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Injustice has action, tragedy, romance—everything you could ever want from a totally addicting comic series.
Written by Tom Taylor, Injustice is set before the events of the game, so it acts as a prequel to that dystopian future. After being tricked into killing the one thing he loved most, Lois Lane, Superman is now out for blood! Vowing to never allow such a thing to happen again, Superman decides to take totalitarian rule of the city and impose a fierce concept of justice. The one thing that stands in his way: Batman! Each side forms unlikely allies with heroes and villains alike as they fight for a future neither is sure of.
I really liked the narrative in this volume. To me, Superman is usually such a “perfect” character that I have trouble relating to him. In this narrative, though, he has faults, he goes through a mental breakdown, and he makes awful decisions, so I like him a lot more. Weirdly enough, he makes a pretty amazing villain.
The art, done by illustrator Jheremy Raapack, is awesome. There are a couple of issues with anatomy here and there—for example they took the cartoon element a little too far in the facial expressions—but overall I think it’s quite marvellous. The colours are bright, despite the overall dark tone of the book, kept vibrant through use of colour opposition and cell shading.
I really enjoyed my first foray into this series, and will probably continue on with it. I recommend it to any DC Comics fans out there who want to see their favourites in a new and exciting way.