Injustice: Gods Among Us #23

Posted by k4tzm4n (40219 posts) - - Show Bio

Warning! Thar be spoilers here!

The Good

You know what I absolutely love about this issue? It's pretty much one giant reminder that, despite what you may think, Superman isn't some bloodlusted dictator.. at least not yet. Just because he lashed out after suffering one of the greatest tragedies imaginable doesn't mean he's been killing every single time things don't go his way. Last issue's cliffhanger certainly implied we were about to see "evil" Superman make his debut, but that's not the case. He's certainly letting loose -- as seen in his beyond epic strikes against Kalibak -- but murder isn't an option he's immediately considering. And the sweet irony of it all? The events of this issue could completely change all of that and bring us much closer to the horrendous man we saw in the video game.

We know Wonder Woman has essentially been the devil on his shoulder and whispering in his ear (it's an alternate universe, people), but this horrific event could finally push Clark over the edge (yet again). We know Clark eventually decides to lead the regime with a iron steel fist, and this chapter could very well be what gives him that epiphany. Hugely populated cities across the globe are under attack -- innocents are being slaughtered every second and if he doesn't hold back, he has the power to stop all of it from happening. Seeing as he already feels like he has the blood of one city on his hands, I think it's safe to say this massive invasion is what'll set him off once and for all. Just like Scarlet Witch once said, "No more mutants," I imagine Superman will say something like, "No more chaos," and then he'll solve it an in ironically chaotic and violent fashion.

You know what else rocked about this issue? The art. Tom Derenick and Alejandro Sanchez throw us face first into this terrifying scenario. My initial reaction to some of the madness was certainly mixed. On one hand, it's some truly glorious art for a digital comic and the mass destruction looks grand. It's not like The Avengers where you never see an innocent person harmed during an invasion. Instead, we witness the traumatizing sights of Parademons unleashing all kinds of hell down on innocent people as they're reduced to skeletons. The world is vibrant, detailed and truly hits home. When you see a woman holding a child and fleeing as everyone behind her is blasted apart, you can't help but get struck by the realization she's going to suffer the same fate a panel later -- we just won't see it. And with Superman hearing everyone's cries for help, that's some pretty powerful stuff? Derenick and Sanchez did a great job with these events and it really helps in selling Superman's moral dilemma.

The Bad

I know this is going to sound all kinds of crazy coming from me, but part of me wishes we spent just a tad less time with the action and a little more time seeing how the heroes in the Watchtower and Bat cave are responding -- especially because of Batman's "secret" ally and Lex. It's understandable those in the cave are concerned about a wide-scale invasion with so few heavy hitters on their side, but it felt a little odd they didn't appear more willing to jump into action. Perhaps if there was more time spent with them we would have seen that response instead of only their initial reaction to the massive assault. That said, I understand writer Tom Taylor is working with limited space.

The Verdict

If you want to know what likely pushes Superman from "I want to help the world" to "I'M GOING TO HELP THE WORLD WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT" this is the chapter for you. This has to be the breaking point in the character because I honestly can't see writer Tom Taylor making Clark endure yet another tragedy worse than this. He's already lost his loved ones and now innocents are being decimated on a global scale. If this doesn't force him to step up his course of action and take leaps and bounds towards the evil Superman we know in the game, I simply don't know what will.

With impressively detailed and colorful visuals, highly amusing action between Superman and Kalibak, and a gripping turn of events, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US proves once again it's not only a must read, but also one of DC's most engrossing books.

Now I'm left wondering what'll happen with Diana and the plane... it definitely seemed like she saved the day at first, but then we had the panel of the Parademons attacking her. I guess we'll see next Tuesday!

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#1 Edited by Oscars94 (2471 posts) - - Show Bio

Damn, Superman is going to kill everyone.

#2 Posted by SandMan_ (4528 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm pretty sure some A-hole is gonna ask why Superman didn't snap his neck...

#3 Posted by dondave (36432 posts) - - Show Bio

Very Good Issue

#4 Posted by hyenascar (192 posts) - - Show Bio

Wait, if Superman kills, doesn't it mean its not a Superman movie, ergh I mean story.

#5 Posted by deadpool25mm (591 posts) - - Show Bio

Wait, if Superman kills, doesn't it mean its not a Superman movie, ergh I mean story.

thanks man... wow... I DIDNT GO YET!! DAMNIT!!!!

#6 Posted by cameron83 (7185 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n

Good review,but what you said was incorrect.There were actually people being killed when the Chitauri came down and shot at people in the movie.

#7 Edited by k4tzm4n (40219 posts) - - Show Bio

@cameron83 said:

@k4tzm4n

Good review,but what you said was incorrect.There were actually people being killed when the Chitauri came down and shot at people in the movie.

And you saw these innocent people killed on camera? Because I honestly don't remember that happening once and that was the point of the remark.

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#8 Edited by cameron83 (7185 posts) - - Show Bio

@k4tzm4n said:

@cameron83 said:

@k4tzm4n

Good review,but what you said was incorrect.There were actually people being killed when the Chitauri came down and shot at people in the movie.

And you saw these innocent people killed on camera? Because I honestly don't remember that happening once and that was the point of the remark.

Well I am not completely sure of on screen,although I remember people getting hit and falling,but at least in a deleted scene.But aside from the deleted scene (not in the movie,of course) I am not as sure,but I am still about 70% sure I saw people dying.

#9 Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie (7808 posts) - - Show Bio

Am I the only one that thinks Supes' lips look really wierd in that cover...?

#10 Posted by snarkybits (335 posts) - - Show Bio

Why did Kalibak say "Oh ****" last issue? Because he didn't quite fear Superman or anything...

#11 Posted by Dman1366 (559 posts) - - Show Bio
#12 Posted by Battle_Forum_Junkie (7808 posts) - - Show Bio

@dman1366: Hmm...

the "Duck Lips" look doesn't really work for Superman...

#13 Posted by flan_hdz (1 posts) - - Show Bio

What happened to issue #22? Where's the review?

#14 Posted by k4tzm4n (40219 posts) - - Show Bio

@flan_hdz said:

What happened to issue #22? Where's the review?

I couldn't get around to it.

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#15 Edited by Mucklefluga (2545 posts) - - Show Bio

Am I the only one that thinks Supes' lips look really wierd in that cover...?

Ahahahahahaha, oh yeah! :'D

#17 Posted by Oscars94 (2471 posts) - - Show Bio
#18 Edited by ComicKing7 (124 posts) - - Show Bio

So wait I didn't read the last few comics, does this mean that luthor was his secret ally not Martian Manhunter?

#19 Posted by Skulexander (102 posts) - - Show Bio

@comicking7: No. The secret ally hasn't been revealed yet.

#20 Posted by GLforHIRE (453 posts) - - Show Bio

@snarkybits:

well superman did punch him to the moon in this one lol he only got cocky once he realized superman wouldnt kill him in order for him to stop the invasion

#21 Edited by Mercy_ (92684 posts) - - Show Bio

Painfully behind on this :S

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