This may not be the best issue yet, but it's definitely one of my favorites. As expected, this chapter dives into the aftermath of Superman saving millions of lives last issue by slaughtering thousands of Parademons. The world is praising him and there's even a cult worshiping him and attempting to face crime on their own. Naturally, Batman sees where this path will take Clark. In fact, he saw in several chapters ago and this is just confirming his suspicion. Because of this, writer Tom Taylor shifts focus to Wayne and his rebellion and the result is a really engrossing read.
The pacing in this issue is really solid, either pulling us in with strong drama between Batman and his allies or making us laugh with Green Arrow's countless awesome remarks. While we (and Batman) know where Superman's actions will lead him, not all of Wayne's allies immediately agree. Big Blue did basically save the planet, after all. Sure, he crossed the line and killed thousands of bad guys, but he saved even more innocents. This divides some of the members in his group and the resulting arguing between Batman and his followers is fantastic. I'm sure some will think the move Batman makes is uncharacteristic, but given all of the circumstances, I think it was necessary to keep them together. There's a key moment between Huntress and the Caped Crusader and Taylor's decision to flesh it out over 3 panels was brilliant, really allowing the moment to sink in. Artist Bruno Redondo absolutely nailed the facial expressions on that one. Furthermore, Taylor also begins to introduce the Kryptonian pills and if you've played the game, you know that's a big deal.
The issue isn't as funny as the GA/Harley Quinn team-up, but it's definitely up there and it's thanks to Ollie. The man is simply hysterical and full of great remarks in this one. I know this book is all about the drama between Superman and Batman, but he totally steals the spotlight with his sharp remarks. Once again, Redondo's facial expressions really sell the humor behind Ollie's banter. I particularly love his expression as he's trying to avoid being pulled into some drama -- it's a priceless moment.
Then there's the action. Yeah, despite having the limited pages, we're still treated to some really, really fun action on top of all of the developments thrown our way. The action is brief, but detailed visuals from Redondo and a tight script from Taylor make it a really pleasant experience. Believe it or not, even Batman says something funny and it doesn't feel out of character.
I thought the ending felt a tad awkward. I understand the tension is building between these two, but to me, it almost felt like a confrontation between two bros on the Jersey Shore before someone else stepped in. Perhaps I'm just crazy and the only one thinking that, but it did feel like a "COME AT ME, BRO" moment. Sure, that's the intention, but after such a huge moment, I can't help but feel like Wayne would jump at the opportunity to deliver some verbal hits.
(NBA Jam announcer voice) Tom Taylor is on fire. We're now 25 chapters into this digital comic and it has yet to take any kind of significant dive in quality. I wasn't the biggest fan of the Aquaman story, but the series remains strong and this is a downright awesome chapter. Perfectly mixing humor and drama while still delivering some fun action, Taylor continues to make INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US one of the most enjoyable reading experiences DC has to offer. The fact it's only $0.99 and comes out every Tuesday is just icing on this absurdly delicious DC cake.
Now I'm left wondering if this storyline will reveal Green Arrow's death and Catwoman's decision to switch sides...