Injustice is back! After a short break period, Injustice picks up in Year Two with a flash back. Chapter 1, entitled Third Wheel, starts with Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Green Lantern as they finish a mission. We see the trio in the past visiting a bar sometime before Superman changed. Bruno Redondo did a great job in the opening issue. The artwork was beautifully drawn and the facial expressions of the characters were humorous. Although Green Arrow was killed by Superman, we still get another chance to see his humor and interactions with other heroes. Green Arrow will definitely be missed.
The issue jumps back to the present as the heroes take time to bury the dead. Arrow’s funeral was definitely a reminder that there will be losses in the war and sides must be chosen. Green Lantern is no longer a third wheel and still sides with Superman. After a conflict with Superman, we find out that Canary is with child and working with Oracle. I like that even at Ollie’s funeral, Superman remains on guard and for a moment, he almost destroys Black Canary. The first chapter focused a lot on characterization and wasn’t very action oriented but that was fine. We saw a lot of interaction between old friends and new foes.
The second chapter, Fear, was not as strong as the opener. Superman visits Gotham, we find out what happened to Batman, and Kyle Rayner makes his way back to Earth. Superman’s visit with Commissioner Gordon was of little substance as Superman desperately tries to locate Batman. Even in his condition, Superman realizes Batman is still a dangerous threat to his cause. Bruce is healing in Dr. Fate’s tower thanks to Zatanna. Lastly, Kyle Rayner, who was away on GL business makes his way back home but is intercepted by Sinestro. The title Fear comes into play as Sinestro’s Corps instills said emotion in Rayner, resulting in the Green Lantern’s death. I did not understand this at all. Sinestro wants to ally himself with Superman as he sees how Superman is changing but why kill Rayner? He could have sided with Superman’s cause and been an ally like, I don’t know, Hal Jordan! There’s no way of knowing which side he would have chosen after arriving on Earth. This was our first time seeing these characters in the Injustice comic and for some this will be their only stint.
All in all, the first glimpse back into the Injustice world featured a lot of character driven stories and slowly built to a bit of action. Redondo’s artwork looks great in both chapters and the facial expressions were accurate. With Batman out of commission, Black Canary assembles her own team and it looks like the eyes of those outside of Earth (the Guardians) are watching Superman closely. While some questions from the end of Year One were answered, many still remain unknown so be sure to pick up the next issue. Side note, the issues seem to be coming out monthly instead of weekly (digitally).
- Great Artwork and focus on character interactions
- More Green Arrow
- Lack of Substance/Direction in Fear