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Injustice: Gods Among Us #31 - Chapter 31 Review

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Batman aims to put an end to Superman's production of a super-soldier pill. Can the Dark Knight and his allies break into the Fortress of Solitude without drawing Clark's attention?

The Good

Chapter 30 was a nice little dose of nostalgia and escapism, but now it's time to dive back into this twisted reality. Luckily for us, it's not all frowns and bleakness thanks to Tom Taylor's handling of Green Arrow. The dude seriously does a killer job with Oliver and any time Taylor has the archer in a chapter, you can expect at least two remarks or so which will slap a smile right on your face. His banter with Black Canary while locating Batman's latest secret base was particularly enjoyable and a nice (yet brief) escape from the severely pressing matters taking place all around them. From talking toilets to guessing how many secret bases Wayne has, it's a very nice dose of levity. A happy calm before the super-storm, if you will.

And speaking of storms, a massive one is definitely brewing. If you've played the game, then the cover alone should give you a sinking feeling in your gut. I've always wondered what happened behind the scenes, and as of right now, Taylor's doing a good job crafting a scenario where matters can take a very unfortunate turn. Despite knowing the outcome (or at least thinking I do), I still have no idea how it'll play out and it's being executed (for a lack of better words...) in a gripping manner.

The illustrations by Tom Derenick and coloring by Ikari Studios remains consistent for the most part. Close-ups and even mid-shots all look solid, providing us with appropriately strong reactions and environments that give off a fitting amount of depth -- be it out in the ocean or an underground facility. One thing is for sure: Batman almost always looks fantastic (his "surprised" reactions a tad much, though). I continue to really dig the slight changes to his cowl (a more armored look) and his rather grumpy expression (most of the time, that is). Naturally, the quality and attention to detail takes a bit of a dive when scenes get more crowded and characters are smaller, but that's to be expected and never truly takes away from the read.

Spoilery note about Martian Manhunter: According to Batman, Martian Manhunter is dead from Superman's attack. I guess I'll just have to believe he's actually alive and then goes on the path set in his video game ending. I suppose enduring such an attack could force him into evading the conflict for the time being, right?

The Bad

I imagine Captain Atom fans won't be too pleased. But hey, the teaser for the next issue says, "Clash of the Titans," so I wouldn't assume he's down and out just yet.

The Verdict

Every now and then a book hits you with an ending worthy of exclaiming, "holy $#*&!" INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US #31? Yeah, it's totally a chapter that'll do that to you. Taylor has a history of doing wonderful work with Green Arrow and this is no exception. We're finally diving into a watershed moment which I've been anxious to see unfold for quite some time now. It's not a scene I necessarily want to happen, but there's no denying the massive potential behind the moment and, luckily for us, it has a more than solid set up thus far.

31 Comments
Posted by TheCheeseStabber

How many issues does this go and whats the comics length?

Posted by k4tzm4n

How many issues does this go and whats the comics length?

It's unclear when or even if the series will conclude. As for the length of the comic, they're a quicker reader than regular comics. However, they're significantly cheaper ($0.99 per chapter) and by no means too short. For example, this latest chapter was 20 pages.

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Posted by batmannflash

This series is on a roll! Can't wait to read this issue

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

@k4tzm4n: Hmmmmmmmmm

Thinking aout by it if it ever comes out in full book form but that seems unnlikely

Posted by k4tzm4n

@k4tzm4n: Hmmmmmmmmm

Thinking aout by it if it ever comes out in full book form but that seems unnlikely

They release printed issues (each one collects 3 chapters) and Taylor has confirmed there will be a larger collection released at some point.

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Edited by TheCheeseStabber

@k4tzm4n: hurray

There goes my life savings

Posted by MuyJingo

Opening sentence, I think you mean Chapter 30.

Edited by ellchicago

I believe that Martian Manhunter is recovering in the ocean somewhere. He can't die with two apearances in the comics

What a waste of Martian Manhunter..

Posted by ptigrusmagus

I haven't gotten into this series at all since fighting games aren't worth $60 and I'd rather read in trade however I'm interested how they could invade the fortress without Supes seeing/hearing them before they even reach the Arctic circle.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@muyjingo said:

Opening sentence, I think you mean Chapter 30.

Indeed I do. Thanks for pointing that out.

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Posted by Nazab

I love how Tom Taylor writes Green Arrow. Just like the old days.

Posted by batmannflash

Green Arrow was great! In fact, I like most of Tom Taylor's depictions of characters. I am not happy that Captain Atom was put down in just a few seconds. However, Taylor continues to do a great job with Batman's prep and contingency plans. One of the best versions of Catwoman, to me. The ending is an intense cliffhanger and I can't wait for issue 32.

Posted by MuyJingo

As much as I'm enjoying this series...I think it has a fundamental flaw. In that...no matter how gradual they try to make Clark's turn to the dark side...no matter what they show being the cause for it....it would never happen.There is very simply a line he wouldn't cross, no matter how far he was pushed.

There would be a point after he killed Joker...and after other people were objecting to what he was doing..that he would reflect upon his actions and realize he was in the wrong. That in this story that doesn't happen, that he remains in this crazy post-Lois death state..is what makes it not believable. IMO.

Edited by DCVibe

I, a big fan of Quantam Hero (my mobile method of hiding spoiler content), am excited to see him every time he make an appearance in this since it doesn't seem he will ever make an appearance as a playable character. I hope he is not down because it doesn't seem that it was a fight rather a quick throat grab while landing. I'm hoping for a big showdown next issue with him involved. If that was it for my favorite character, then Taylor failed to see the potential with the character.

Posted by batmannflash

@dcvibe: I'm sure Captain Atom and Martian Manhunter will be back. I guarantee that there will be a big super powered fight at the end. Batman's side will get stomped without those two

Posted by syoungkeezy

i wanna see superman get rid of the president but first i wanna see him find out that it was the prs who ordered his parents capture

Posted by fil123

Such a better civil war than marvels and trinity war... Taylor should write jl when Geoff is done (hopefully soon)

Edited by ptigrusmagus

fil123 I'm glad you got to read the rest of Trinity War before everyone else.

Edited by clumsyninja

Batman face is too weird, changes too much.

Posted by McG

Anyone else this the big oversized door on the fortress was just stupid? other than that was just a great issue, really is getting better.

Posted by Enzeru--defunct

SPOILERS:

Martian Manhunter is actually not dead, so Batman is wrong! 5 years from the point on where Superman burned Martian Manhunter down, MM is still around and working for Aquaman, but in disguise.

The end of issue 31 was kinda lackluster ... Not happy with seeing Captain Atom instantly at Superman's mercy. I do however expect him to stand up in the next issue and fight back. But if Batman pulls out a Kryptonite ring, fights Superman and that's supposed to be the "Clas of the Titans" I'll send Tom Taylor a hate-mail.

More upcoming casualities? I think in the next issue someone might day ... maybe Green Arrow throws himself in front of someone like Batman and gets killed by Superman and then Black Canary leaves Batman's squad, since we never see her in the game? Or maybe Superman kills his own parents, which sends him over the edge even more, since in the game he is killing people for simply disagreeing with him... but then again, in the game even the "good" Superman is killing people without giving a damn.

Posted by HahahaTimes

@enzeru: i agree with you that superman might kill his parents.... i mean, judging from how they reacted when they saw batman, i think that superman's parents knew bruce quite well even before superman revealed his identity worldwide.... they might try to stop superman from killing batman in the next issue and as a result, superman killed them out of temper or something. btw, sry if u got a lot of mails to tell u that i replied. this is my first time using the spoiler block thingy

i really enjoyed this issue though, cant wait for the next one

Posted by DMXN

I think we might see the demise of Green Arrow soon. As he is already dead in the video game i think they will show his death here. And because Green Arrow goes on a mission where he is not supposed to be, we will probably see his death during this raid.

Edited by Txman210

I have to say that I'm barely shocked or surprised when reading a comic but this comic has literally blew my mind every issue

Posted by phoenix654
@enzeru said:

SPOILERS:

Martian Manhunter

is actually not dead, so Batman is wrong! 5 years from the point on where Superman burned Martian Manhunter down, MM is still around and working for Aquaman, but in disguise.

I think...

that Martian Manhunter is actually the "real" universe version of him, if I recall his classic mode ending properly. The Manhunter of of the alterna-verse may actually be dead, which is why he doesn't figure into the game's story at all.

Posted by Enzeru--defunct

@phoenix654: Martian Manhunter in the comic and in the game later on is the same guy. His end credits in the Arcade Mode of the game say that he is in Atlantis in disguise and working there in Aquaman's library and collecting information from the surface world via telepathy.
He decides to stand up against Superman for the last time and sends him to Phantom Zone, just like every other character can do it. Martian Manhunter then returns to Atlantis to continue with his work.

Posted by phoenix654

@enzeru: You are 100% correct and I was way off... not sure how that idea got into my head.

Posted by syoungkeezy

@ptigrusmagus: Superman is not supposed to be intelligent thats how, if superman used his abilities like Majestic or Plutonian there would be no need for the justice league and it would also make him unstoppable, its one of the crutch's that writers use to create a story, imagine if superman used his heat vision from space to ,kill his villains he could just take them out at any time, if he used super hearing to spy on batman or lex then he would know exactly how to counter their plans and the fight/war would be over in about an hr,

Edited by lazyboy93

Since when is MMH ending canon to the actual story? Since when is anybodies ending canon to the actual story?