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Injustice: Year Two #2 - Chapter Two: Fear Review

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Superman continues to look for Batman and a powerful character sets his sights on Earth.

The Good

Tom Taylor is easing us into YEAR TWO and he's doing an absolutely tremendous job setting everything up. In the last issue, we had a bit of powerful reflection before getting just a glimpse of what's ahead, but now we're taking a look at all of the characters who'll clearly have big roles in this volume. Seeing as we like to keep things spoiler-free here at Comic Vine, I won't dish out any names, but I will say Taylor brings in two characters from the game and teases a couple more as well. No one here feels like they're being jammed in just to connect with the game, either. He's provided everyone with a logical reason for being present and each one establishes a new plot thread. Then there's the gut punch ending. Man, this is a series that has delivered some big cliffhangers and we're hit with yet another powerful one. Don't be surprised if you have to pick up your jaw after this issue.

INJUSTICE tends to have mixed visuals, but this issue's consistently solid and even legitimately impressive at times. Bruno Redondo's character work remains strong and, along with Rex Lokus' coloring, the three drastically different environments come to life. Gotham feels cold and dangerous, space is vast and gorgeous, and the third environment's a spoiler, but I assure you it looks just as good as the others. The art team also does a phenomenal job making the final page incredibly ominous. The contrast of the vibrant coloring and what occurs really sells the moment and makes one heck of an impact.

The Bad

Taylor's covering a lot of territory and building up the hype with quite a few characters, but unfortunately, this means there's no room to deliver on Black Canary's group and the last issue's cliffhanger. That'll definitely be a bit of a bummer for some, so hopefully their roles will be worth the wait.

Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong here, but can't Batman's new allies accelerate his healing process? If so, it's a little odd they didn't bring that up to put him a bit at ease.

The Verdict

It should come as no surprise by now, but the INJUSTICE series remains superb. It's more than transparent YEAR TWO won't feel like a blatant rehash of the first volume. Instead of feeling like a book that primarily revolves around Batman and Superman, Taylor's now giving other characters the chance to step up and, so far, he's proving he's more than capable of writing each one very well and making them feel like a critical part of the universe. Simply put: this issue is pure setup and it's guaranteed to make you want to see what'll happen next. Tuesdays are so much better now that INJUSTICE is back.

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Edited by Ravager4

You call it a good cliffhanger, I call it a disgusting, random, and pointless death served only for shock value. Expect fans of said character to not be happy.

Posted by Deranged Midget

Can't wait to pick this up. Easily one of the best and most consistent titles coming out of DC.

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Edited by danhimself

I've been impatiently waiting for this review....the comments are going to be gold!!

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Posted by k4tzm4n

@ravager4 said:

You call it a good cliffhanger, I call it a disgusting, random, and pointless death served only for shock value. Expect fans of said character to not be happy.

Never expected otherwise, but it's hardly random and pointless. Why would said character let such a big obstacle stand in the way of his plans?

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Posted by k4tzm4n

I've been impatiently waiting for this review....the comments are going to be gold!!

Apologies, first wanted to get the CB Question of the Week out there.

What did you think?

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Posted by danhimself

@ravager4 said:

You call it a good cliffhanger, I call it a disgusting, random, and pointless death served only for shock value. Expect fans of said character to not be happy.

I call it an alternate reality and there's no reason to get upset about what happens in it

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Posted by danhimself

@k4tzm4n said:

@danhimself said:

I've been impatiently waiting for this review....the comments are going to be gold!!

Apologies, first wanted to get the CB Question of the Week out there.

What did you think?

I loved it! But like I said above...I know that it's an alternate reality and I really don't think there's any reason to get upset....we know from playing the game that things in the universe suck...there's going to be death and it's going to be brutal...we might as well set back and enjoy the show

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@k4tzm4n said:

@ravager4 said:

You call it a good cliffhanger, I call it a disgusting, random, and pointless death served only for shock value. Expect fans of said character to not be happy.

Never expected otherwise, but it's hardly random and pointless. Why would said character let such a big obstacle stand in the way of his plans?

Would the story have in any way been altered if the death did not occur? No. Pointless.

Did we have any focus on said character before his appearance in this issue to die? No. Random.

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@saren said:

Yeah, this is the first issue of Injustice that I've actually hated. There are deaths that are shocking, and then there are deaths that are just shock value.

And man, was Superman a colossal jerk to Gordon, or what? Don't crush a man like that and then just fly away.

Same. I've loved every issue of Injustice before, but I really hated this one, though. There was no care or build up given to the death in this issue. No focus on the character, no meaning. Just "oh hey look, this character is in the comic now... oh no wait sorry, he dead."

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@ravager4 said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@ravager4 said:

You call it a good cliffhanger, I call it a disgusting, random, and pointless death served only for shock value. Expect fans of said character to not be happy.

Never expected otherwise, but it's hardly random and pointless. Why would said character let such a big obstacle stand in the way of his plans?

Would the story have in any way been altered if the death did not occur? No. Pointless.

Did we have any focus on said character before his appearance in this issue to die? No. Random.

It explains why he was absent during volume 1 and why he isn't around during the video game's story. Additionally, this prevented him from alerting the Guardians about Sinestro's activities and showed how serious Thaal is about this upcoming alliance. If you didn't like it, that's fine and you have every right not to, but I don't view it as simply "LOL MURDER GET SHOCKED!"

@saren said:

Please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong here, but can't Batman's new allies accelerate his healing process?

Zee can pretty much do anything she wants, so yeah.

Figured as much. As you know, I'm not big on magic based characters, but that seemed a bit odd to me because I'm aware her abilities are very diverse.

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Posted by Vaeternus

@k4tzm4n said:

@ravager4 said:

You call it a good cliffhanger, I call it a disgusting, random, and pointless death served only for shock value. Expect fans of said character to not be happy.

Never expected otherwise, but it's hardly random and pointless. Why would said character let such a big obstacle stand in the way of his plans?

I was kind of sad in a way, to see Kyle killed like that and a bit shocking too. I agree, definitely NOT random if you followed the game's storyline, that was kind of brutal though lol. The way Sinestro killed him. I take it though since Kyle hardly gave a fight, Kyle in Injustice Universes is obviously weaker then the mainstream one but still great issue.

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I thought green lantern were tougher than that.

Edited by 2cool4fun

Is this still a short weekly series, or has it become a bigger monthly series?

Cause if it's still a short weekly, I'll wait for it to finish, and read it all at once ( the same as I did with year one ). I'm just too inpatient to wait every week.

Posted by lightsout

So is this going to be an every-other-week-er? Or am I wrong here? Was confused when one came out on the 7th but not last week.

Posted by k4tzm4n

So is this going to be an every-other-week-er? Or am I wrong here? Was confused when one came out on the 7th but not last week.

Is this still a short weekly series, or has it become a bigger monthly series?

Cause if it's still a short weekly, I'll wait for it to finish, and read it all at once ( the same as I did with year one ). I'm just too inpatient to wait every week.

Yes, it'll be every other Tuesday.

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Posted by cobra88king8

@ravager4: meh Alternate universe so it doesn't matter

Edited by sheldipez

In War deaths are pointless. These things happen.

Not every death has to serve a purpose to push plot things forward or have meaning. People die. Deal with it.

Posted by SynCig

I would probably give this one a three. The stuff with Bruce at Doctor Fate's tower and Zatanna was awesome and I liked that Gordon was standing up to Superman but the death rubbed me the wrong way. It wasn't that it happened but more how it happened. What I am saying is, it was a really weak showing from a fan favorite character. I would have liked to see Kyle put up a fight at the very least.

Posted by Bezza

This is not the sort of Superman I like to read about so I think I will give it a miss thanks...

Edited by THEOCITYLEGEND

Can't wait to pick this up. Easily one of the best and most consistent titles coming out of DC.

Posted by Rick475069

I'm very underwhelmed by this issue. It should have come as no surprise to Gordon as to Superman's revelations about his cancer. The fucker is a smoker. As for Kyle getting killed the way he did, oh well.

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Posted by Skulexander

I understand that they can only cram so much into these comics, but Kyle was killed way too easily. I can understand Sinestro killing him, but he should at least have been able to break out of those bonds and put up somewhat of a fight.

Posted by anthonygiu

The Death to me was fine.

Why?

Because it shows that the world isn't what it use to be now that Superman is in control.

It also shows that nobody is safe and that it's not the same Universe that we're use to.

Grayson's dead. Ollie is dead. Kyle is dead. It will probably give some more motivation for Hal to move towards the Yellow Light. We still have ways to go to see how many of the other characters end up like their video game counterparts.

All in all, A good issue.

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@ravager4 said:

Would the story have in any way been altered if the death did not occur? No. Pointless.

We have yet to see the ramifications of his death, and obviously he was killed to prevent him reaching a place the killer did not want him to reach.

The story would have been completely different with out this event occurring.

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Wow the complaints are rather annoying and make no sense. First of all it's an alternate universe, not all the characters are all easy going and willing to let you live. I actually enjoy how this book doesn't have moments when a characters going die and than is saved by another as much. This is an interesting twist and I don't see what's wrong. Only problem I had about this issue is how easily a said character went down, but we don't know how powerful him or the opposite were so we cannot say.

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Zatanna!!!!!!!!!

Posted by ThatGuyWithHeadPhones

Wow this is still going on ? I guess I should start reading it again.

Posted by Alak

I liked this issue. Zatanna made an appearance so that made me really happy. I love Kyle so it is really sad that he died without putting up much of a fight. With that being said, my favorite comic book character of all time died by falling on a pebble. Nothing in this series is capable of shocking me anymore :-)

Posted by Bogey

It was a great way to introduce Sinestro.

Posted by LyraFay

Just a random thought? When Dinah Lance gonna show up in the new 52. I miss her.

Posted by Blackdog2009

Well this bad guy at the end had to be shown as a true menace. Job well done. Btw, Superman is a $&); jerk in this universe, it's an alternate universe... so pls, stop with the indignant complaints. All bets are off here. Isn't that the point of the video game?!

Posted by dondave

@lyrafay: Dinah lance does exist in the new 52

Posted by Friskynesss

I just read it. WTH was with the ending?! This better have a payoff somewhere down the line :p

Posted by BlaneStroud

Honestly, this is the first time I've seen Sinestro actually be really evil in a long time. The end really did hit me harder than I expected though. It was really cruel, but I didn't think it was unnecessary. Scary, more like.

Posted by frogdog

Wow the complaints are rather annoying and make no sense. First of all it's an alternate universe, not all the characters are all easy going and willing to let you live. I actually enjoy how this book doesn't have moments when a characters going die and than is saved by another as much. This is an interesting twist and I don't see what's wrong. Only problem I had about this issue is how easily a said character went down, but we don't know how powerful him or the opposite were so we cannot say.

That didn't stop ultimatum from being terrible.

Posted by New_World_Order

@frogdog said:

@thundergodswrath said:

Wow the complaints are rather annoying and make no sense. First of all it's an alternate universe, not all the characters are all easy going and willing to let you live. I actually enjoy how this book doesn't have moments when a characters going die and than is saved by another as much. This is an interesting twist and I don't see what's wrong. Only problem I had about this issue is how easily a said character went down, but we don't know how powerful him or the opposite were so we cannot say.

That didn't stop ultimatum from being terrible.

I didn't read much of that, so I wouldn't know. Didn't like lot's of characters die?

Posted by frogdog

@frogdog said:

@thundergodswrath said:

Wow the complaints are rather annoying and make no sense. First of all it's an alternate universe, not all the characters are all easy going and willing to let you live. I actually enjoy how this book doesn't have moments when a characters going die and than is saved by another as much. This is an interesting twist and I don't see what's wrong. Only problem I had about this issue is how easily a said character went down, but we don't know how powerful him or the opposite were so we cannot say.

That didn't stop ultimatum from being terrible.

I didn't read much of that, so I wouldn't know. Didn't like lot's of characters die?

Deaths

  • Angel - Killed and partially eaten by Sabretooth. (Ultimatum #4)
  • Beast - Drowned in the Ultimatum Wave. (Ultimatum #1)
  • Blob - Head bitten off by Hank Pym. (Ultimatum #3)
  • Cannonball - Blown up by Madrox. (Ultimatum #3)
  • Captain Britain - Blown up by Madrox, confirmed to be dead. (Ultimate X-Men #100) Revealed later to have survived in Ultimate Comics: Avengers.
  • Cypher - Presumably blown up by Madrox, shown alongside other casualties. (Ultimate X-Men: Requiem)
  • Cyclops - Shot in the head by Quicksilver. (Ultimatum #5)
  • Daredevil - Found dead by Spider-Man. Presumably drowned in the Ultimatum Wave. (Ultimate Spider-Man #131)
  • Dazzler - Drowned in the Ultimatum Wave. (Ultimatum #1)
  • Detonator - Tortured and killed in the Savage Land. (Ultimatum #3)
  • Doctor Doom - Head crushed by the Thing. (Ultimatum #5)
  • Doctor Strange - Killed by Dormammu after his body is constricted, causing his head to explode. His body was taken by an unknown person. (Ultimatum #4)
  • Emma Frost - Blown up by Madrox. (Ultimatum #3)
  • Forge - Tortured and killed in the Savage Land. (Ultimatum #3)
  • Franklin Storm - Drowned in the Ultimatum Wave. (Ultimate Fantastic Four #58)
  • Hard-Drive - Tortured and killed in the Savage Land. (Ultimatum #3)
  • Hank Pym - Blown up by Madrox. (Ultimatum #3)
  • Juggernaut - Hit in the eye by a poisonous dart shot by a Sentinel soldier. (Ultimate X-Men #99)
  • Longshot - Tortured and killed in the Savage Land. (Ultimatum #3)
  • Lorelei - Killed by Wolverine. (Ultimate X-Men #100)
  • Magneto - Decapitated by Cyclops. (Ultimatum #5)
  • Nightcrawler - Drowned in the Ultimatum Wave. (Ultimatum #1)
  • Polaris - Blown up by Madrox. (Ultimatum #3)
  • Professor X - Neck broken by Magneto. (Ultimatum #2)
  • Sunspot - Blown up by Madrox. (Ultimatum #3)
  • Syndicate - Dead after one of his heads is blown off by William Stryker. (Ultimate X-Men #99)
  • Thor - Surrendered his soul to Valhalla, (Ultimatum #3) he has since returned alive.
  • Toad - Listed by Marvel as dead, though his death was never shown.
  • Wasp - Partially eaten by the Blob. (Ultimatum #2)
  • Wolverine - Killed by Magneto after the adamantium is ripped from his skeleton. (Ultimatum #5)
  • Psylocke - Listed by Marvel as dead, shown alongside other casualties. (Ultimate X-Men: Requiem). Later shown alive in Ultimate Comics: X-Men, this Psylocke was revealed as an impostor.

MIA/presumed dead

  • Havok - MIA, later revealed to be alive in Ultimate X #5.
  • Nightmare - Presumably dead after the Hulk destroys Doctor Strange's Orb of Acmantata. (Ultimate Spider-Man #132)
  • Spider-Man - Missing after Hulk destroyed Doctor Strange's home. Later revealed to be alive.
  • Madrox - Killed by Wolverine. (Ultimate X-Men #100). Later revealed alive in Ultimate Comics: X-Men.

Alot would be an understatement

Posted by New_World_Order

@frogdog: I have to read this now, lol !!

Posted by frogdog

@frogdog: I have to read this now, lol !!

I warn you the that book is written by jeph leob at his worst

Posted by New_World_Order
Edited by ArturoCalaKayVee

I have loved every issue of Injustice. I love alternate universe takes on DC, I can never get enough of it usually. Obviously there are going to be parts I don't like, that's common for readers, such as the deaths of Oliver, Dick, and Kyle, but I understand WHY that happened. I must say though that I wish Kyle put up more of a fight, he's one of my favorite characters so it upset me to see him be the ultimate jobber. But I understand his death was necessary as he isn't in the game. I'm excited to see Dinah take the helm of this series and take the fight to Superman, who felt A LOT like Plutonium from Incorruptible in this issue. Also… Zatanna and Dr. Fate? Just awesome. That's a huge plus. Can't wait for the next issue, this is one of those series I get excited for when it's released.

@dondave said:

@lyrafay: Dinah lance does exist in the new 52

Yup..she's Black Canary in Birds of Prey. Although, I will say that this is Dinah Drake, I believe, who was Lance's mother from the Golden Age, but the character has Lance's personality. This N52 Black Canary is basically an amalgam of the two.

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Posted by thepowerserge

Alternate reality or not, guess this cements how the old guard at DC Comics truly feels about Kyle. Pretty damn harsh. I know the series has been brutal before, but what I want to know is: why Kyle? Why not Hal, Guy or John?