The ultimate battle, heroes versus heroes, villains on both sides. Injustice: Gods Among Us started off with a bang, literally and now we are to the sixth issue. Injustice: Gods Among Us is a unique comic book series. It is based on the video game of the same title that was released in April. The comic book takes place prior to the video game, at least the first six issues do. Until now, the series has been primarily action oriented, containing lots of fight scenes and explosions. If you haven’t read the first five issues, I’d stop reading. I’ll be bringing people up to speed but don’t worry. I won’t post any spoilers from the new issue, Injustice: Gods Among Us #6.
Over the course of the first five issues we’ve seen Metropolis completely destroyed, Lois Lane killed and Superman jam his fist straight through the Joker’s chest. It’s been dark, intense and exciting, but Injustice: Gods Among Us #6 takes thing up a notch, emotionally. This time, things get very personal for Batman and interestingly enough, I found myself more emotionally invested in Batman than I had been with Superman. I guess I’m not surprised since Batman has always been the darker hero and so far, appears to be the one holding his honor and the codes DC heroes have sworn to uphold. This issue picks up where #5 left off. Feel free to read my review of Injustice: Gods Among Us #5. We rejoin our heroes at Arkham Asylum and a lot of the baddies have escaped their cells. Robin had just been pulled underground by Grundy. It’s an odd sort of battle. Things get very intense but after the climax, everything settles down. We are then brought to Catwoman. I don’t consider this a spoiler since she is on the cover. We get to explore where she fits into this world and what her relationship is like with Superman and Batman. Adding Catwoman into the story adds a level of depth to the characters, especially Batman, that wasn’t there before.
The story is definitely picking up steam and, having played the story mode of the video game, I can absolutely see what things are building to. Even with knowledge of what is to come, I am still very excited. Injustice: Gods Among Us #6 is by far the best of the series at this point. It has a solid balance of action and character development. This is a surprising and welcome turn around from the over abundance of fight scenes and battles in previous issues.
The illustrations, artwork and color are still quite good. Everything is sharp and bright but facial consistency is still an issue overall. This is something I noted in earlier reviews. With that said, I think this problem is getting resolved as Mike S. Miller, David Yardin and Jheremy Raapack become more familiar and comfortable with their characters. These guys also break up the issue so that can explain for some of the discrepancies. In the end, it’s a minor issue that should not overshadow the fantastic level of detail these artists bring to the table. One thing I’m truly enjoying is the unique suits. Since this is an offshoot comic book series, our heroes aren’t wearing suits\costumes identical to the ones they might wear in flagship series like Batman and Action Comics. Instead, we get modernized, darker looking heroes. Batman especially has a more complex suit which works well for his character. Catwoman’s look is more functional, especially when compared to the old school latex and I appreciate the practicality of the change.
At the end of the day, this is a young series based on a video game and I’m loving it! Each issue has gotten better and more interesting. The story is quickly building and additional layers are being added in. I’m excited to see where things go and how the series will be handled once it catches up with the time frame of the video game.
This is a must read for DC Comics fans.