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Injustice: Gods Among Us #19 - Chapter 19 Review

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Billy Batson suffers a moral dilemma as Wonder Woman and Superman take drastic measures against Black Adam.

The Good

Writer Tom Taylor uses this chapter to once again dive face first into the "freedom vs. security" debate, except it's now from the perspective of Billy Batson and ordinary people. What are you willing to give up to be truly safe? What line does one have to cross to deserve death? It's more than understandable Billy's torn on the matter -- especially because the ultimate symbol of good is apparently the one making these controversial decisions. For the most part, we see most of the reactions you'd see from the people on the ground in such a situation. There's people who think Superman's awesome for ending Joker ("Fatality!"), those who refuse to speak up out of fear, and those who see this path paved with good intention leads to a bloody and terrible place. It's a nice little departure from the super powered community and they're reactions we'd expect, but still delivered in an organic manner instead of feeling forced. That said, knowing this does indeed result in a terrible outcome five years from now is unfortunate and makes the topic far less debatable from our end.

I'm by no means an expert when it comes to Shazam, but Taylor did a great job humanizing the character for me and I'm definitely curious to see what he'll do with the hero in the following issues. We know he'll stand by Superman's side, but what will convince him to reach this decision -- especially when he's clearly so torn?

Kevin Maguire's art brings a completely new tone to the book. I do have my complaints, but there's some brilliant detail which transforms these 2D images into living and breathing beings. There's so much heart behind Cyborg's expressions (most notably when his arm is removed) and he does a great job delivering Billy's innocence. Two instances aside, Black Adam's heated and passionate reactions also look solid.

The Bad

As I stated above, Kevin Maguire does a great job conveying emotion... most of the time. There's a moment or two which are really glaring and unfortunately make the scenes tough to take seriously. In one, Black Adam makes an expression that feels way too melodramatic and basically ruins a rather awesome moment. In another, it looks like some buddies scribbled fake glasses on him with a black marker while he was sleeping.

Diving into the aftermath of Black Adam's assault made me really wish we could have seen the conflict that went down just moments earlier. He took down Green Lantern and Superman at the same time? This could have been a legendary encounter to observe, but I understand writer Tom Taylor's space is limited with these digital chapters. Lastly, a bit of the tension was removed from the powerful moment if you're a fan of the game. There's a great deal of suspense and build up over Black Adam's fate, but gamers know he definitely sticks around.

The Verdict

It's unfortunate we have to wait to see the developments with Batman and his team, but in the meantime, this issue revolves around what Taylor does best: characterization (unless you're a Wonder Woman fan, that is). It's easy to relate to Billy's struggle and I'm extremely interested to see where the character will go from here. Just because we know the outcome doesn't mean we know the journey and that's something Taylor continues to prove to us every Tuesday.

19 Comments
Posted by LordRequiem

Having completed the game within the space of a few hours I can honestly not remember most of it. It was that forgettable and pointless. The gameplay is what makes the game stand out, not the story, in any way what so ever.

Edited by LifePool

I'll probably get this in hardcover.

Edited by akbogert

The biggest change for me between the last issue and this one is having now played the game. It definitely makes things interesting to know for sure the outcome of some events, and to have hints of stuff which may be shown in the comics but not know when or in what way they will go down if they actually make it into Taylor's book.

I really enjoyed the Billy/Shazam stuff. In terms of kid-gifted-with-great-power-but-still-a-kid stories, I've enjoyed the few pages here and in the Justice League issue wherein he received his powers more than all of Nova thus far.

Edited by New_World_Order

Man I dislike Cyborg.

Lol, the way he was acting tough, and got his arm ripped off easily by Black Adam.

Edited by DarkLynx13

I have to disagree Lord... the storyline is what grabbed me to get the game in the first place... so it seems to me you played it for the game, not what it was detailed.... makes me think of the people who buy a game and then do the return value of the game right away to buy another game.. we just want to say we played it and finished it..

Posted by w0nd

@darklynx13: What's wrong with that? I mean the game play could be amazingly fantastic to him so he wanted to play it. Here we can't just return games though...once it's open it's yours. you can exchange it for the same game, or a new one but the trade in value is like peanuts.

Posted by Bruce_Kent12

@lordrequiem: The comic story is a lot better than the game story.

Posted by Vaeternus

@LordRequiem, disagree...for a fighting game especially and compared to Marvel games, Injustice owned in the storyline department and as a fighter(besides MK) period. The Marvel games can't hold a lick to DC in terms of story and especially in fighter comparisons...

Plus, I don't see no Marvel comic doing big, selling out issues in pb when they hit stores based on a video game...

The storyline, gameplay, characters everything is what is keeping this game alive and will even be at the worlds biggest tourney event soon Evo this year. Nuff said.

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Edited by bigboi100000

Good issue

Posted by isaac_clarke

I like how MKF30 maintains an effort to make sure people don't see the arguments he makes with other posters.

@LordRequiem, disagree...for a fighting game especially and compared to Marvel games, Injustice owned in the storyline department and as a fighter(besides MK) period. The Marvel games can't hold a lick to DC in terms of story and especially in fighter comparisons...

Plus, I don't see no Marvel comic doing big, selling out issues in pb when they hit stores based on a video game...

The storyline, gameplay, characters everything is what is keeping this game alive and will even be at the worlds biggest tourney event soon Evo this year. Nuff said.

The bar for story telling in the fighting game industry is low - Injustice shining in your opinion doesn't do anything but come off as 'it's the skinniest kid at fat camp' argument. And even then it still opinion.

Profit and DLC purchasing will keep this game running - it's a fighting game - people interested in the actual story behind it will be buying the comics associated with it.

No idea why there is such an emphasis on Marvel in your post when @lordrequiem: doesn't even give any indication that he's evaluating the game compared to products from Marvel or any other fighting game - simply the story isn't remotely memorable for him.

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Note to self: Don't bother to read Injustice reviews on vine just to avoid MKF30 - since the guy is in every thread with injustice among us posted.

Edited by Vaeternus

Ahh, was wondering only a matter of time until mr." I'm obsessed with MKF30" posts...I love it how out of no where this guy comes at me since I'm actually trying to avoid him elsewhere... someone is obviously bored and obsessed with me.

Oh yes, I love how @ Isaac Clarke even after being told by mods to stop you insist on "baiting" me when you're not even involved...as for the game, everyone knows the story is so much better then any Marvel game generally speaking. It's not opinion it's fact, Injustice as a series is sold out whenever it comes in pb(as Taylor even stated) it's true, I go to my comic shop every other wednesday and every time I go it's sold out...like I said talk to me when Marvel has a video game comic sell massive please...

Aside from the fact that I happen to enjoy Injustice, I also happen to be a high level player and am familiar with the(not that I'd expect a Dead Space fan to understand that concept)

It's not my opinion it's fact...did you not read the article of how successful Injustice is doing? Oh wait..Marvel fan I forgot. DLC keeps every game running as it adds high replay value. People who like the story buy both the comics and the game, otherwise no point as the comics lead up to the game's story arch.

I'm not in every Injustice thread, I just follow it much like you post in every "Marvel" vs. thread or Anime topic right? right...nobody cares hate to break it to you. Still though the fact that you don't post in Injustice topics yet some how "know I post in several" implies you must clearly lurk or stalk my profile and activity? Yes? Shocker..Do you even have Injustice? Play Injustice? Have any Injustice comics? Curious... Because I find it really funny how I don't see you in other Injustice topics but you happen to post in "this one" addressing me more so then the topic itself. NOTE to self, I mustn't be shocked by the same guy who's been obsessed with me for few years now. I suppose I should be flattered by now.

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Edited by nick_hero22

I thought that MKF30 gave it rest when he was called out for lying by a mod.

Posted by k4tzm4n
Posted by isaac_clarke

@vaeternus said:

Ahh, was wondering only a matter of time until mr." I'm obsessed with MKF30" posts...I love it how out of no where this guy comes at me since I'm actually trying to avoid him elsewhere... someone is obviously bored and obsessed with me.

Ignores portion of post where I actually came to read the review on the comic itself.

Oh yes, I love how @ Isaac Clarke even after being told by mods to stop you insist on "baiting" me when you're not even involved...as for the game, everyone knows the story is so much better then any Marvel game generally speaking. It's not opinion it's fact, Injustice as a series is sold out whenever it comes in pb(as Taylor even stated) it's true, I go to my comic shop every other wednesday and every time I go it's sold out...like I said talk to me when Marvel has a video game comic sell massive please...

Never happened.

The champion of avoiding arguments comes again - such an effort put on pretending to reply is never forgotten. Fighting games as far as I've experienced are a very poor medium for story telling - the success of the comic doesn't help any argument for how the story is told in the game. Arguing otherwise is pointless.

Aside from the fact that I happen to enjoy Injustice, I also happen to be a high level player and am familiar with the(not that I'd expect a Dead Space fan to understand that concept)

I'm glad your a fan and I don't care about how awesome you think you are. I absolutely love the animosity towards Dead Space or it's fan-base.

It's not my opinion it's fact...did you not read the article of how successful Injustice is doing? Oh wait..Marvel fan I forgot. DLC keeps every game running as it adds high replay value. People who like the story buy both the comics and the game, otherwise no point as the comics lead up to the game's story arch.

People didn't buy Injustice to enjoy the story; pretending financial success (in this case the amount of units sold initially) has anything to do with anything outside marketing is again ridiculous.

What Marvel has to do with anything is completely lost on me; it seems like every other sentence of you post consists of repeating "Marvel" over and over.

I'm not in every Injustice thread, I just follow it much like you post in every "Marvel" vs. thread or Anime topic right? right...nobody cares hate to break it to you. Still though the fact that you don't post in Injustice topics yet some how "know I post in several" implies you must clearly lurk or stalk my profile and activity? Yes? Shocker..Do you even have Injustice? Play Injustice? Have any Injustice comics? Curious... Because I find it really funny how I don't see you in other Injustice topics but you happen to post in "this one" addressing me more so then the topic itself. NOTE to self, I mustn't be shocked by the same guy who's been obsessed with me for few years now. I suppose I should be flattered by now.

Every Injustice themed topic I've entered either has you making it or you posting it. Generally your posting activity in these threads consists of arguing with any criticism anyone whose bothered to play it has or going on about a number of things that have nothing to do with Injustice. If I posted in every 'Marvel' themed thread or 'VS' thread I've seen or read my post count would be a lot higher. Wait what anime? I thought I was the resident Super-Marvel fan-boy.

I came to read the review to see if the comic itself was worth picking up. Then I saw you - avoiding another argument with a poster while going on about 'Marvel' this or 'Marvel' that - - - which implies in your perception anyone that has any issue with Injustice is a Marvel fan.

Your entire post is nothing more than white-noise that proves nothing and ignores the other posters points. With that I wash my hands of you; for now at least. Post something relevant next time.

Posted by isaac_clarke

@k4tzm4n said:

@vaeternus: @isaac_clarke: @nick_hero22: LPlease, let's try to chat about the book without including negative opinions about your fellow Viners.

Since I doubt anything relevant will be posted as a response - consider my discussion with MKF30 over.

For some reason I was under the impression someone else wrote the review; probably because I read the Red Sonja one at the same time as this one. Either-way another excellent review K4tz.

Edited by kid Apollo

wow reading the last half dozen posts actually makes me NOT want to read any user post anymore, that sh*ts ridiculous.

on another note ive now played the game quite a bit, and knowing who is where and doin what is kind of a detracting factor for me picking up this book. ive heard dozens of times that its good and worth a look, but i know the gist of what happens, Nightwing, Green Arrow, Black Adam, yada yada.

when its all finished and collected i might take a look at the book, but right now im in no hurry to pick up any game related comics

Edited by Vaeternus

@k4tzm4I agree with you, totally however I want you to be aware that nick and Isaac tend to stalk me(this thread ie proof) you know I always post in your injustice topics because I love the series ;) not sure I can say the same for them(being as how they never post in your injustice review topics), but I agree. Nick likes to lie/troll. I wish there was an option to hide my activity but sadly there is not.

@ Isaac Clarke, Oh it did happen...right so you rarely post in Injustice topics and happen to post making another user aware of something I said not concerning you? Uh huh. I didn't ignore anything, I made my point concerning the topic and addressing someone else entirely, you just posted to quote that person because I had addressed them with really no purpose using the "I wanted to read his review" as an excuse since I never see you in injustice topics for one and two, again you have a rep of following me around like your little sidekick...(this thread clear proof of it) I have no interest in fighting with either of you in injustice topics so if you want IM me goes for you and nick.

I said I was awesome? Hmm, I said I was a fan and a high level Injustice player. Pretty sure I never said "I was awesome" but if that's how you translate it...so be it. I don't care about DS.

Actually, you don't post in my Injustice topics and for that I'm actually thankful. You seem to enjoy arguing which bores me, I'm all for logical debate but clearly you miss the point of why Injustice is doing well. Not just the comic but the game, people bought it indeed for DC characters, storyline and/or the fact that it's a solid fighter given NRS's track record with MK. People had interest naturally....it's one reason why I prefer NRS games over Capcom because at least they take the time and effort to put in a good, solid story(which for a fighter typically is ignored or pointless)

On the contrary I proved my point, but you can believe that if you will. Next time mind your own business and post something relevant yourself please instead of posting just to "make someone else aware" of a post of mine addressing them. I've asked you numerous times to leave me alone, yet you keep ignoring it. Thanks.

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Edited by johnqestion

It's unfortunate we have to wait to see the developments with Batman and his team, but in the meantime, this issue revolves around what Taylor does best: characterization (unless you're a Wonder Woman fan, that is).

Taylor has been writing her badly from day one. I don't think he gets WW at all. He thinks she's some war mongering Xena character. Nothing she has done has been justified. He's just shovelling the crap on the one woman. It's like the typical scape goat the woman syndrome. Also if WW is as conniving as he has written her, I really don't get why she would even admire Superman at all. He'd be way too wussy for the likes of her.