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Injustice: Gods Among Us #10 - Chapter 10 Review

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Superman confronts Batman and Wonder Woman tries to reason with Aquaman. PETA members, don't read this one!

The Good

Happy Injustice day, everyone! Another Tuesday means another new chapter and, luckily for us, the comic has yet to let us down. Chapter Ten returns to the key characters -- Superman and Batman-- and throws Aquaman into the fray.

Needless to say, seeing Damian and Nightwing right on the first page (and with dialogue!) immediately piqued my interest -- I'm a fanboy like that, I suppose. We catch the two during a training session and the dialogue provides some heavy insight on where they stand in this dilemma (if you know the characters remotely well, their choices should be obvious). Without having them flat out split apart, writer Tom Taylor makes it clear which side these characters will stand by in the coming conflict with some casual banter and it does nothing but add to the mounting anticipation.

We've waited a few chapters for it to happen, and now Bruce and Clark finally interact for the first time since the Joker incident. For the most part, the conversation goes down exactly how you think it would -- and that isn't a bad thing at all. Both stand their ground firmly on the subject and both arguments do indeed make sense. I particularly love how this argument isn't dumbed down to make Superman clearly in the wrong. If we didn't already know what the future holds, there could be some legitimate debates over how Superman's actions could truly benefit the world. Sadly, we know that's not how things go down, but that's by no means this book's fault so I can't hold it against it. One thing's for sure, though, the dialogue transitions into some really bleak territory and provides a possibly heavy dose of foreshadowing.

Diana's abrupt change of heart might be tough for some to swallow, but she's clearly reacting out of anger and I think it's fitting. If I even stub my toe I need to be avoided for a few moments, so I can only imagine a scenario like that. Additionally. it's quite a fun tease for the next chapter. Shazam and Green Lantern throwing down against Atlanteans? Yes, please!

The Bad

Unfortunately, I found Mike S. Miller's facial work to be pretty awkward and that detracted from the experience for me. There's a scene where Superman rips off Bruce's mask and the two appear to be identical twins as they stand face to face. I have the same issue with a majority of the male characters -- facial structure and expressions appear to be quite similar and the only strong differences tend to be found in the hair.

Very minor point here, but I couldn't help but laugh during Diana's chat with Arthur. Not because of the dialogue but because of how Arthur is positioned. At first he's standing confidently with his shoulders above the water, but before we know it he's merely a head barely floating above the surface. It's kind of tough to be imposing when you look like you're having difficulty doggy paddling. Maybe I'm just odd, but I found that to be hilarious.

The Verdict

I seriously feel like a broken record here. Every Tuesday a new chapter comes out, and every Tuesday I sing its praise. This is a hugely entertaining tale packed into short and immensely enjoyable chapters. Superman's actions are now reaching Atlantis and that is absolutely something to be thrilled about. We know Aquaman will play a big role in the upcoming game (or at least trailers have implied this), so what's to come should absolutely be a mandatory reading experience for anyone interested in the game. Plus, we're about to see Shazam potentially throwdown. That alone is something I refuse to miss!

31 Comments
Posted by KnightofSteel

Another fantastic chapter. I like how the regular DC continuity is right out the window with this series. Makes for many unexpected plot turns as well as many character elements that would never fly in the regular universe -- but sometimes you wish would.

Posted by DonFelipe

Superman confronts Batman and Wonder Woman tries to reason with Aquaman. PETA members, don't read this one!

Thanks for the heads up! I knew there's something (else) I wouldn't like about Injustice...

Despite my rant in this week's essential comics post, I was still intrigued to give the series a try because of everybody praising it and all the good reviews. But your PETA warning ruined it now. Lol.

Posted by MuyJingo

Hmm. The problem I had with WW's change of heart, was she was saying how important words were, then after hit says she hates words. It's one thing to react out of Anger, but she seemed calm and rational when saying she hated words. I thought that scene was porrly done, and it would have been better if she hadn't contradicted herself.

I didn't even notice the fact that Arthur was submerged. I took it as confidence, like he wasn't worried or knew her well enough that a) he felt no need to come out of the water and poseur and b) he didn't need to stop doing and give her full attention away from what he was doing when talking to her.

Edited by k4tzm4n

@DonFelipe said:

Superman confronts Batman and Wonder Woman tries to reason with Aquaman. PETA members, don't read this one!

Thanks for the heads up! I knew there's something (else) I wouldn't like about Injustice...

Despite my rant in this week's essential comics post, I was still intrigued to give the series a try because of everybody praising it and all the good reviews. But your PETA warning ruined it now. Lol.

Well, this is hardly the ideal jumping on point anyway. If you really want to give this book an honest shot, you've gotta read it from the first issue. Seeing as they're only $0.99 each and fairly short, it's not a difficult feat ;)

As for the peta remark, we see Japanese whalers in action.

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Posted by Uncommon

I've heard nothing but really glowing things about this story so I guess i'll pick it up in print. Also I wonder if such great story telling will be reflected in the actual game. Whether it is or not I can't wait to make Superman lose to Deathstroke ;)

Posted by Sleepbutnodream15

I enjoyed this issue, but I did have a problem with the way Damian was portrayed. He said something along the lines of "Thanks for killing Joker, Superman! We all feel a lot safer now!" That's definitely not something that would come out of his mouth. He usually won't be so open about his fear of bad guys.

Got a question too. I don't really know Wonder Woman that well, but is it characteristic of her to lose her cool that easily? I mean, one of Aquaman's soldiers shot her, and then she goes and attacks Aquaman?

Also, I think this means Damian is gonna be in the game! Really hoping so at least!

Posted by akbogert

@Uncommon: I've wondered this myself, about the writing. The fact that the comic is only loosely tied to the game -- it's not a prequel, and it's continuing after the game launches just like a normal series -- has me rather ambivalent; I'm only a passively interested player when it comes to fighting games, and while I may have used my love of this run as an excuse to see how the story concludes, the fact that it's not actually leading into the game has me thinking I may not even end up playing after all. But maybe I'll hear the story is so fantastic that it's worth actually playing -- it's not uncalled for, just rare, for most fighting games.

Posted by DonFelipe

@k4tzm4n said:

@DonFelipe said:

Superman confronts Batman and Wonder Woman tries to reason with Aquaman. PETA members, don't read this one!

Thanks for the heads up! I knew there's something (else) I wouldn't like about Injustice...

Despite my rant in this week's essential comics post, I was still intrigued to give the series a try because of everybody praising it and all the good reviews. But your PETA warning ruined it now. Lol.

Well, this is hardly the ideal jumping on point anyway. If you really want to give this book an honest shot, you've gotta read it from the first issue. Seeing as they're only $0.99 each and fairly short, it's not a difficult feat ;)

Of course! I would definitely start with issue #1 or check-out the print version - I think 1-2 trades are already available.

But then again... this PETA warning. Haha!

Well, the only thing that still worries my is the connection to the computer game. This is/was supposed to be what: A prequel to or a tie-in based on the game but is now going into different directions anyway? As long as I don't need to know anything about the computer game to fully understand and enjoy reading this, I'm cool with it.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@DonFelipe said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@DonFelipe said:

Superman confronts Batman and Wonder Woman tries to reason with Aquaman. PETA members, don't read this one!

Thanks for the heads up! I knew there's something (else) I wouldn't like about Injustice...

Despite my rant in this week's essential comics post, I was still intrigued to give the series a try because of everybody praising it and all the good reviews. But your PETA warning ruined it now. Lol.

Well, this is hardly the ideal jumping on point anyway. If you really want to give this book an honest shot, you've gotta read it from the first issue. Seeing as they're only $0.99 each and fairly short, it's not a difficult feat ;)

Of course! I would definitely start with issue #1 or check-out the print version - I think 1-2 trades are already available.

But then again... this PETA warning. Haha!

Well, the only thing that still worries my is the connection to the computer game. This is/was supposed to be what: A prequel to or a tie-in based on the game but is now going into different directions anyway? As long as I don't need to know anything about the computer game to fully understand and enjoy reading this, I'm cool with it.

Nope, you absolutely do not need to purchase the game to appreciate this story. The writer has said he hopes to continue the story after the release of the game, too.

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Posted by DonFelipe

@k4tzm4n said:

@DonFelipe said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@DonFelipe said:

Superman confronts Batman and Wonder Woman tries to reason with Aquaman. PETA members, don't read this one!

Thanks for the heads up! I knew there's something (else) I wouldn't like about Injustice...

Despite my rant in this week's essential comics post, I was still intrigued to give the series a try because of everybody praising it and all the good reviews. But your PETA warning ruined it now. Lol.

Well, this is hardly the ideal jumping on point anyway. If you really want to give this book an honest shot, you've gotta read it from the first issue. Seeing as they're only $0.99 each and fairly short, it's not a difficult feat ;)

Of course! I would definitely start with issue #1 or check-out the print version - I think 1-2 trades are already available.

But then again... this PETA warning. Haha!

Well, the only thing that still worries my is the connection to the computer game. This is/was supposed to be what: A prequel to or a tie-in based on the game but is now going into different directions anyway? As long as I don't need to know anything about the computer game to fully understand and enjoy reading this, I'm cool with it.

Nope, you absolutely do not need to purchase the game to appreciate this story. The writer has said he hopes to continue the story after the release of the game, too.

Thanks. I'll check it out then.

Edited by SNascimento

Gotta love how atlantians' soldiers think: "Look, there is one of the most powerful beings in the planet trying to talk my king out of a fight, better shot her in the face". Or of course, he might have thought: "Now it's the time to do what Ocean Master wants me to do"...

@MuyJingo: Well said she was "so sick of worlds". I understood as she being tired of trying to talk to people and getting no where.

@Sleepbutnodream15: He is Talia Al Ghul's son, right? He can't be that good!

Posted by Uncommon

@akbogert: That's so cool. I ha no idea this was a full ongoing series, but yeah I hear what you're saying about the in-game story. Did you play the last Mortal Kombat? Its story revolved around people fighting hardcore matches over the dumbest stuff. Those same people made this game so it's safe to assume not much more from the story telling side. I'm determined to give it a try though because i'm sucker for the cast of fighters.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@DonFelipe said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@DonFelipe said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@DonFelipe said:

Superman confronts Batman and Wonder Woman tries to reason with Aquaman. PETA members, don't read this one!

Thanks for the heads up! I knew there's something (else) I wouldn't like about Injustice...

Despite my rant in this week's essential comics post, I was still intrigued to give the series a try because of everybody praising it and all the good reviews. But your PETA warning ruined it now. Lol.

Well, this is hardly the ideal jumping on point anyway. If you really want to give this book an honest shot, you've gotta read it from the first issue. Seeing as they're only $0.99 each and fairly short, it's not a difficult feat ;)

Of course! I would definitely start with issue #1 or check-out the print version - I think 1-2 trades are already available.

But then again... this PETA warning. Haha!

Well, the only thing that still worries my is the connection to the computer game. This is/was supposed to be what: A prequel to or a tie-in based on the game but is now going into different directions anyway? As long as I don't need to know anything about the computer game to fully understand and enjoy reading this, I'm cool with it.

Nope, you absolutely do not need to purchase the game to appreciate this story. The writer has said he hopes to continue the story after the release of the game, too.

Thanks. I'll check it out then.

You're welcome. Hopefully you'll enjoy it.

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Posted by akbogert

@Uncommon: Indeed, you should be able to find an interview pretty easily from the last couple weeks in which the writer says he has plans for the foreseeable future but it really depends on whether people continue to buy the book or not.

As for MK, I heard the latest game was actually better than usual, but I loathe the franchise because I find the whole fatality thing supremely distasteful. They're pretty respected in terms of actual fighting mechanics, however.

Posted by Uncommon

@akbogert: The last MK was like B-movie. You can tell it's goofy, but there is no doubt an adorable amount of care put into the project. Great game play though.

Posted by noj

While their faces were certainly similar my favorite panel of the whole issue was where Superman ripped Batman's mask off. It was just so awesome showing both how powerful Superman is and how confident and unafraid of Superman Batman really is.

Posted by Gambit1024

It was pretty good, but the art was killing me.

And Dick and Damian's hair is not brown. That was irritating.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Awesome :)

Posted by Avenger85

TBH this issue's 'stuff going south' felt really weak. WW and Aquaman's squabbling came off as very immature. But I gotto side with WW here. Aquaman should have at least tried talking this out once. And then there's WW having some temper control issues right now lol.

Edited by LaserLambert

I don't get why they didn't want Aquaman to crack down on those criminals. isn't that what Superman did? that whole scene was completely wrong, that whole conflict is baffling.

Posted by SmashBrawler

Oooh Kay, I get it. Yeah, I get it now. Superman isn’t doing this because he had a change of heart, oooh no. He’s doing this because he’s f*cking insane. And you know what? This is going to sound pretty odd but… this actually makes a lot more sense. Yeah, Superman going bonkers makes a lot more sense. You know, when I bought and downloaded this issue I wasn’t expecting this kind of justification, but it works quite well. And no, I’m not being sarcastic.

I do have a couple complaints, though. First of all, the coloring. Terrible. And second, am I the only one who thought the scene with Aquaman was really weird? I mean, the Japanese have been involved in whaling for decades, maybe even centuries, why is he attacking them just now? Did the Justice League keep this as a secret from him, like some kind of running joke? It just makes no sense.

Posted by dtschemmel

@k4tzm4n: Hate to do it, but Aquaman in the last paragraph needs fixen.

Posted by UrbanChill

@SmashBrawler: should the writer have started the book off with aquaman killing poachers ?

Posted by k4tzm4n

@dtschemmel: Thanks for catching that.

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Posted by The Average Bear

I really don't know why Dick and Damian have brown hair but it doesn't look right

Posted by TommytheHitman

@Sleepbutnodream15: Unless he dies. Again.

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@The Average Bear said:

I really don't know why Dick and Damian have brown hair but it doesn't look right

That caught my eye too but didn't bother me.

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Posted by SmashBrawler

@UrbanChill: What? I'm not getting your point. What I'm saying is, why is Aquaman attacking just now? Why not before? It just seems so random.

Edited by k4tzm4n

@SmashBrawler said:

@UrbanChill: What? I'm not getting your point. What I'm saying is, why is Aquaman attacking just now? Why not before? It just seems so random.

It's entirely possible he has been all along but the JL has been too busy with other matters. The only reason it now caught their attention is because Superman has called for a global ceasefire and the world has indeed obeyed his command (from what we can see, at least). Since there's nothing really causing a scene, that could have made this stand out much more.

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Posted by SmashBrawler

@k4tzm4n said:

@SmashBrawler said:

@UrbanChill: What? I'm not getting your point. What I'm saying is, why is Aquaman attacking just now? Why not before? It just seems so random.

It's entirely possible he has been all along but the JL has been too busy with other matters. The only reason it now caught their attention is because Superman has called for a global ceasefire and the world has indeed obeyed his command (from what we can see, at least). Since there's nothing really causing a scene, that could have made this stand out much more.

That does seem to be the case but they could have been more clear about it. The first time I read the issue it struck me as just a random case of eco-terrorism from Aquaman.

Posted by detective38

The whole wonder woman flipping out thing was stupid and I absolutely despise the way damian and dick were drawn