In his own twisted way, this alternate version of Superman believes he's doing the right thing and helping people. Yes, he's lost control along the way, but with this chapter, writer Tom Taylor gives us a quick reminder that the Man of Steel still believes he's in the right and he makes the "right" decision in this conflict. I found this to be an important bit, especially since he's aligned himself with some not-so-kind people and his body count continues to grow. However, seeing as he's acting like a dictator -- he apparently doesn't think he's one, but he totally is -- it's a little odd he didn't act more authoritative over Sinestro and his followers. Still, it's good to see Clark still has some desire to avoid bloodshed and this scene has left me wondering how he'll react when he finds out his forces are being unnecessarily violent. Or perhaps an upcoming conflict will blind him to their actions and he'll think they're responding to a valid threat. Only time will tell.
Speaking of the upcoming conflict, this issue has Gordon and the Birds of Prey take a big step forward. This is pretty much the final move before they can bring the fight to Superman's goons, so the tension is high and the conclusion will leave you anxious to see how the upcoming dispute is handled. Additionally, Guy Gardner makes a quick but very important cameo. The dilemma in Gotham may have our immediate attention, but something tells me Gardner is about to be the true game changer in this narrative.
The visuals (Bruno Redondo's pencils, Julien Hugonnard-Bert's inks, and Rex Lokus' colors) are consistent in this one, but they never really have a chance to drop our jaws. Still, they're able to deliver a moment or two to hit us with a bit of spectacle. The decision to let Lokus shine in a certain panel gives a nice sense of weight and intensity to the moment and, as always, I simply love the way this team brings Sinestro to life. His look alone can speak volumes about his personality.
Seeing as this is basically planting developments for upcoming events, nothing here is really going to leave an impact and Taylor never lands any big jokes like he has with the other chapters. Simply put, it's build-up and makes us wonder about what'll come next, but none of it is going to linger in your memory. Taylor's essentially moving all of the pieces into place. That's sure to be very disappointing if you're part of the crowd that hasn't been a fan of this volume's pacing. For everyone else, I imagine it'll be an okay experience that'll make you curious about what comes next.
INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO #12 is an issue that'll make you think about the road that lies ahead of us. Sure, we know where many of the key characters are a few years after this chapter, but something huge is brewing and Taylor continues to deliver an increasing level of tension. Nothing in this chapter is going to blow you away or make you laugh out loud, but each plot point is taking steps forward and opening the door to some very exciting conflicts. Let's just hope the eventual showdowns are well worth the wait!