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Injustice: Gods Among Us #33 - Chapter 33 Review

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Captain Atom has failed to stop Superman. How will the Man of Steel respond when he returns to Earth?

The Good

Injustice fans, the day has finally come (I'm trying so hard to be as spoiler-free as possible here) and man, it packs quite a wallop. The last issue was all about superhuman punches that could shatter mountains, but this issue is all about striking you right in the heart and making you want to scream "nooo" like Darth Vader. While I do have one key gripe with what goes down -- and what goes down absolutely must be read -- there's no denying writer Tom Taylor does a fantastic job making it an incredibly powerful turn of events and tops it off with a beyond touching final page.

The individual's captions are gripping and left me shattered. The decision to let this incident play out from a certain person's perspective was an excellent choice. There's no need to see what occurred (let's be honest, this comic has more than enough violence to be found elsewhere) and jumping in when all is said and done felt far more compelling and shocking. Yes, even though I knew the outcome (as will anyone else who played the game's story mode), I was still floored by how it plays out. Even with my complaint (we'll get to it in 'The Bad'), this course of events still shook me to the core and honestly left me speechless for a few moments. It's a brilliantly handled emotional scene and a thoroughly sentimental sendoff.

Last week, Jheremy Raapack worked with David Lopez and Santi Casas to make an awesome looking issue. This week, Bruno Redondo worked with the colorists, and while the visuals don't deliver anything as jaw-dropping as the splash page of Captain Atom slugging Supes in the face (seriously, it'll be hard to top that), they're still very solid. I particularly love the trio of panels on the opening page. Picking up after last issue's cliffhanger, we see Superman floating in space and there's some beautiful use coloring. The twisted hero is covered in darkness as the impressively bright sun emerges from beyond the well-detailed Earth. The light then reaches him, revealing the toll his fight with Captain Atom took on his body. Then the light awakens him, revealing a bloody eye. It's a great way to build the intensity. Also worth praising is the strong emphasis on shading and bold use of red when Superman makes some drastic decisions. When it comes to presenting us with a darker version of Kal, there's some panels here which truly deliver and then some.

The Bad

Up until this point, I could understand Big Blue crossing the line. Joker wiped out an entire city, including the woman he loves and his unborn child. The Parademons? They were going to devastate heavily populated cities and he put an abrupt stop to that, saving countless lives. Martian Manhunter (allegedly!)? Saved Wonder Woman. But against Ollie, a human who is clearly by no means the one calling the shots with this latest plan? It's kind of tough to swallow for me and seems like a drastic and super abrupt mental change -- almost like a forced push to make this character more like the villain he becomes. I understand he's lashing out after everything he's just endured and that's totally understandable at first. The epic backhand was completely rational -- after all, Diana's hurt, he's upset they tried to kill him, and now poor ol' Pa Kent has an arrow in his shoulder. Seeing his father hurt is obviously what set him off (he was seemingly fine before that), but for him to then continue and literally pummel this defenseless person to death felt like too much to me, especially after seeing how humiliating and damaging a mere smack was. I understand he needs to become the terrible brat we know in the game and this was obviously some much needed venting, but considering all he's already endured and how he's handled it thus far, I couldn't help but feel like it was a massive leap in mentality and just a quick way of transforming him into the character we see in the fighting game.

The Verdict

There's no question I'd give this issue a 4.5 if I had the ability to give half-stars. Superman's decision to continue attacking Ollie feels a bit too drastic based on how we've seen him conduct himself. It almost seems like an abrupt push to turn him into the evil man we know in the game. But, despite that personal gripe, what follows is masterfully handled and delivers a wicked emotional punch. Overall, I did indeed love this issue and the sheer emotion it made me experience vastly outweighs my complaint over how we got there. Because of that, this is yet another chapter that'll earn 5-stars.

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Posted by TommytheHitman

... "starts crying"

Posted by k4tzm4n

Just to counter the feelings you'll have after reading this comic, here's an adorable puppy.

25 Stages Of Adopting A Dog

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Edited by UltimateSMfan

I too really felt that emotional jab at the end and agree with the bad,i was kind of surprised at that sudden change in superman...but people just tried to kill him and then threaten the lives of his parents..after all that superman's been through maybe he just went into a rage he couldn't get out of,was still pretty jarring though.

@k4tzm4n: Awww, thx for that.

Posted by Rubear

Well... that was predictable.

Posted by Jodez

I just can't get past him surviving Captain Atom's blast. I know he's Superman but what did Atom say, "I have more power than ten nuclear bombs inside me"? Even Supes shouldn't survive that.

Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

@k4tzm4n: Can't stop watching....it's too adorable.

Posted by Batman242

Like Batman once said "... if I do that, if I allow myself to go down into that place, I'll never come back."

Edited by k4tzm4n

@ultimatesmfan said:

I too really felt that emotional jab at the end and agree with the bad,i was kind of surprised at that sudden change in superman...but people just tried to kill him and then threaten the lives of his parents..after all that superman's been through maybe he just went into a rage he couldn't get out of,was still pretty jarring though.

For sure and it's clear that's what Taylor was going for (or at least I think so). But as I said in 'The Bad,' I had a lot of personal issues rattling around in my head as it was carried out.

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Posted by TommytheHitman

You know that feeling at the end of the Dark Knight Rises when you think Batman's about to die and you just want to salute him? Yeah... "starts crying again..."

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Posted by danhimself

I love this book...I really do...but even with Clark losing Lois and the baby the we he did I just don't see how Superman could justify everything he is doing...it just seems like such a huge jump in direction for the character to take...this issue solidifies him as a villain

Edited by batmannflash

Wow this series has been so good. Plenty of emotional moments, great action, well written characters, and so on. Dang it the ending of this issue hurt my emotions.

Posted by Nazab

Edited by tensor

Man i really wish they would make a hard copy book for this, it is that good.

Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

@k4tzm4n: This book is incredible one of the best titles DC puts out currently.

Edited by k4tzm4n

@tensor said:

Man i really wish they would make a hard copy book for this, it is that good.

They release printed issues which contain 3 chapters each. I heard they'll come out with a bigger collection sometime, too.

@theincrediblesuperhulk8642: Most definitely.

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Posted by DecoyElite

@k4tzm4n said:

@tensor said:

Man i really wish they would make a hard copy book for this, it is that good.

They release printed issues which contain 3 chapters each. I heard they'll come out with a bigger collection sometime, too.

@theincrediblesuperhulk8642: Most definitely.

You can pre-order a trade on Amazon. Or maybe order. I haven't checked on it in a while.

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@k4tzm4n said:

Just to counter the feelings you'll have after reading this comic, here's an adorable puppy.

Thanks. I needed that.

Posted by greeneagle

Now I am scared to pick up this issue...especially knowing who it is Superman kills this issue

Posted by TheIncredibleSuperHulk8642

@k4tzm4n: I get both Digital and Print issues :/ cause i'm a rebel.

Edited by Big_Nasty

I know batman's team members must be scared by now. Superman took out MMH, Captain Atom and now Green Arrow .

Edited by Alak

That was pretty brutal. I was never really a Green Arrow fan before, but my level of respect for the character definitely rose after reading this issue. He could've tried to run away like anybody would've when being stared down by Superman, but instead he put the mission before himself.

Posted by Rick475069

This issue was no surprise at all. Guess I knew what the outcome was going to be. Batman hasn't killed anyone. What's the tally on how many people has Supes has killed? I see him as the villain now and there's no coming back from it. With every issue, Supes is more of an as*hole brat. Killing Ollie in front of his parents. It's a prick move to me.

Posted by HahahaTimes

i know this is really evil of me, but im actually glad to see diana injured from captain atom explosion. i just seem to hate her so much in this series. its as if she is responsible for the regime as much as the joker.

Edited by SandMan_

This Superman is no different from Superboy Prime.

Edited by batsymyplaything

;( RIP Green Arrow. I agree that it kind of felt that Superman's completion of 180 turn was pushed in with just rage vent.

Posted by KingSolomon

@enzeru:

@enzeru said:

@k4tzm4n:

My jaw just dropped, due the amount of spoilers in your review. It's insane how bad you've spoiled everything, who didn't play the game and maybe was not expecting what will happen in the comic.

I've played the game, so I knew all along what would happen, but someone who hasn't ... HAS TO BE THE BIGGEST IDIOT ON THIS PLANET to not grasp who you're talking about, even though you put the name of that person in spoiler tags.

You went way too much into detail and described what's happening in the comic. That's not a review, but rather a summary of the crucial events.

Your other Injustice reviews were good, but this one ... oh my. Now I actually think that you did it on purpose to troll. If that's the case, then that's a funny move! If you actually think that you kept it spoiler free by adding

GREEN ARROW

's name into the spoiler tags, then dude... duuuuuudeeeeeee.

Man his review is just fine. The only thing he said that could have meant green arrow was the part about ma and pa kent. You are the one who just blatantly put it out there.

Posted by Killemall

I always read Gregg's review before i read Injustice, i dont think it was too spoilery.

Up to this point, i was honestly cheering for Superman (have never played the game) coz i love an angry Superman trying to make a difference. This is the issue where i have to accept, ok Superman isnt just an angry anti-hero he is going full villain mode now.

The panel with Superman's heat vision, that just so cool. Red burning eyes, with smokes coming out, heat vision rocks as far as art stuff is concerned.

Edited by Killemall

@enzeru: Mate post me the Sentry vs Thor fights once you read Uncanny Avengers # 11 please, i am gonna get my issue only on Monday.

@k4tzm4n: Gregg, i am away and will be getting my comics only on Monday, could you do me a small favour man. Could you please, please, please review Thanos Rising # 05 and Uncanny Avengers # 11, if no one does it.

I will totally email you a cookie :p

Posted by TheFirstLantern

Man of Steel? More like Man of Feel.

Posted by superior_prime_maybe

I officially hate Superman now. Maybe even more than i hated Diana. He just killed my favorite character.

And also maybe batman for being such a jerk to the character all this time.


Is it just me or did Tom Taylor went all Game of thrones with this series.

Posted by Enzeru

Mate post me the Sentry vs Thor fights once you read Uncanny Avengers # 11 please, i am gonna get my issue only on Monday.

Will do.

Posted by Birthright

Is safe to assume that Superman will be getting rid of all the kryptonite in the world soon?

Posted by Nerd Of A Hero

"Meh"

It was pretty clear what would happen to GA dealing with a ticked off Superman, and I do agree that it's a tragic loss, but the thing that bug's me is way hasn't Batman, GA or anyone taken out Sup's with a Kryptonite weapon up to this point? You know your dealing with Superman, and your going to his home, trying to take those enhance pills, and your only plan was to distract him hoping you'll have enough time to take his things and get away with it and use Cap Atom to muscle down Superman? C'mon.

Posted by k4tzm4n
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Edited by Gudvin

My heart is broken. Again. Damn comics, they're touching strings in my soul even movies can't reach.

At least GA died as a hero, thinking about woman he really loves. Y'know, when Supes lands a final punch, and Dinah feels it... No doubtie-doubt - it was one of the emotionally strongest moments in this comic book so far. Always loved GA-Canary dynamic duo, and here it is.

I'm gonna buy collected edition. Oh, and yes: as I recall, there must be storyline with Catwoman's supposed "betrayal" because she's afraid Bats would be next. Where's my popcorn?

Posted by Killemall

@k4tzm4n said:

@killemall: @undeadpool has Uncanny covered. Not sure if anyone is tackling Thanos.

Ok thanks... btw arent you allowed to call dips on Thanos Rising :p, the issue got no attention as far as review goes, apart from first couple of issues.. shame.. but meh i am a huge Thanos fan so i will like anything with Thanos in it :p

Posted by fartvader

@k4tzm4n: thanks introducing me to this series thru your reviews and consistent raving whenever your on podcast. This series has been really consistent. This particular issue got me curled up and sad. Haha

Posted by Deranged Midget

Man of Steel? More like Man of Feel.

This is the best comment I've ever read. I am not exaggerating.

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@k4tzm4n: thanks introducing me to this series thru your reviews and consistent raving whenever your on podcast. This series has been really consistent. This particular issue got me curled up and sad. Haha

You're very welcome!

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Posted by Darkseid_Prime

I'm not a fan of "kill Nightwing by making him fall on a rock" or "kill Green Arrow by bitch slap" but I am always a big fan of Captain Atom vs Superman... even if Supes always wins. But dude c'mon.

Posted by Mia26

This issue was no surprise at all. Guess I knew what the outcome was going to be. Batman hasn't killed anyone. What's the tally on how many people has Supes has killed? I see him as the villain now and there's no coming back from it. With every issue, Supes is more of an as*hole brat. Killing Ollie in front of his parents. It's a prick move to me.

Up until this issue, Superman has really done nothing wrong. If anything Batman has been a d*** to Superman and his team(especially Hawkgirl) and even Green Arrow, Am not a fan of Green Arrow's treatment in this book. This is the issue where Superman turned evil because it was needed by the plot set by a video game, otherwise Superman hasn't been half bad.

Posted by Rick475069

@mia26: That's the part I never wanted to admit. I guess Superman is doing what he has to do. In the first issue, it still seemed like the world was run by Stalin or something.

Edited by syoungkeezy

@nerd_of_a_hero: its the same reason superman hasnt just burst into the batcave and used heat vision on them all or hunt them down and speed blitzed them, if he did there would be no story plus this superman is not an idiot look at how he handled cat women and her kryptonite, this superman actually thinks and can plan plus he also uses his abilities more effectively than canon supes

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