INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO has spent a fair amount of time establishing plot points and focusing on character, but now it is returning to its regularly scheduled dose of craziness. I mean, it doesn't get much bigger than Superman and his allies taking on a squad from the Green Lantern Corps, does it?
The fight may not be that extensive and there aren't any especially huge moments in it (physically, that is), but the big splash pages absolutely warrant the amount of space they take up. There's an exciting amount of action going on and, thanks to the art team's work (Bruno Redondo's pencils, Julien Hugonnard-Bert's inks, and Rex Lokus' colors), these pages are honestly fun to look at. It gives you a nice little taste of how hectic a fight like this would be without ever really chiming in too much on any of the specific brawls. I can't help but love how this art team brings Sinestro to life, too. Tom Taylor has done a fine job writing him, but these artists do a wonderful job making him appear so smug. Last but not least, I think I could feel my heart break just a wee bit when we chimed in on a fallen Lantern for just one panel.
Thaal Sinestro's role has really spiced things up. Sure, I have a soft spot for the dude, but he must be a joy to write for Taylor. This is a book that's been consistently packed with big twists and shockers, so having someone with Thaal's mentality must be a twisted delight for the writer. And, based on these latest chapters, Taylor's most definitely taking full advantage of how this character operates.
I like what's going on in Gotham and I obviously want to see where it'll go, but leaving a standoff between cosmic powerhouses -- one which just escalated big time -- to chime in on Harvey Bullock was a little disappointing and hindered the flow of the chapter (for me, at least). Yes, what follows moves this narrative forward and I'm curious to see what's next, but I can't help but feel like this giant conflict between the Corps and Kal-El has enough potential to warrant a full focus and pulling from it to focus on something that's getting a slowburn was a little bit of a bummer.
Just when you think the situation can't get any crazier, Taylor goes above and beyond to keep things interesting and drops developments that are full of potential. The stakes keep rising and rising in this book and this creative team always knows how to leave us on just the right note. This is yet another issue that'll leave you anxious to buy the next one.