For those of you just joining this series, Injustice: Gods Among Us follows the fallout of the Joker’s most terrifying and final punchline. Metropolis has been leveled by a nuke, Lois Lane and her unborn child dead at the hands of Superman himself while hallucinating. Superman basically shoves his entire arm straight through the Joker’s chest, a brutal murder for a brutal super villain. Now, Superman, Wonder Woman and others from the Justice League attempt to control the world. Not that they wish to rule but they wish to rid the world of violence. Countries can no longer take arms against each other without Superman’s Justice League stepping in. Even the King of Atlantis, Aquaman, must yield to his former allies. Meanwhile, the Dark Knight has put together his own force including the likes of Green Arrow and Catwoman. Recently, things have gotten worse as Batman was forced to leave his own son, Robin, behind. Robin has defected to Superman’s side which also includes super genius and ally, Lex Luthor.
Now, Injustice: Gods Among Us #10 continues to take things up a notch as tensions rises and lives are lost. Previously, it was discovered that J’onn, the Martian Manhunter has been disguising himself as Hawkgirl. This was discovered in issue #9. In the 10th issue, Superman and his League decide to take the fight to Batman, something that certainly changes the rules of the game. The most disturbing part of these past couple issues has got to be the betrayal of Batman by Damion Wayne (Robin). Damion has essentially done everything in his power to hand over his father on a silver platter. Damion is still young, a child but is willing to put his life as well as the lives of his family members on the line for Superman’s cause. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman continues to feed into Superman’s ideals. Clearly, without her, this series would not go very far. Additionally, several of Superman’s allies seem to be wavering on just how loyal they could or should be. As Superman and Wonder Woman increase their tactics, the Flash especially begins to doubt the cause.
There is a flashback style scene that is a break from the rest of the issue and series. Without giving anything away, it’s a flashback to an encounter a kid had with Superman. It’s a nice, feel good story but is a complete break from the rest of the series. While enjoyable, I’m hoping that additional significance and meaning are tied in shortly.
As far as the artwork is concerned, I continue to be impressed overall. I still enjoy the different look and feel to our heroes. It’s a nice break from the standard series (Justice League, Batman, Superman, etc) and gives the heroes an edgier and meaner look. Keeping consistency across so many characters is certainly difficult but with each passing issue, I feel like Tom Taylor’s creative team is solidifying themselves as a creative force to be reckoned with.
Overall, the series is kicking it into high gear. While it’s had no shortage of action, violence, death and destruction, this issue continues to ramp up the tension. I feel like any upcoming issue could just tear thins apart, leaving nothing behind but rubble. I love this series, honestly. It’s fun, exciting and unique. It allows us to see a different side to our characters (well some of them… Batman is basically the same) while looking into an alternate timeline, the Earth that could have been. Being a fan of the video game, I’m curious, again without giving anything away, if they will tie in any of the game’s additional story lines in coming issues. In the end, if you haven’t read this series yet, go pick it up. It’s definitely entertaining.