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Injustice: Year Two #3 - Chapter Three: Protection Review

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The Guardians take note of Superman's actions and send a Lantern to investigate.

The Good

Tom Taylor's INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US has been an explosive and intense journey, but this third chapter of YEAR TWO applies the brakes and feels like the calm before the storm. Instead of shoving these characters back into yet even more violent scenarios (unless your name is Kyle, that is), Taylor's jumping into the significance behind Superman's drastic actions. If one of the most powerful men on the planet suddenly starts acting like a dictator, you can bet this is going to stem a few debates among the powers that be here in the United States and even The Guardians. Sure, the blue aliens have a whole universe to worry about, but seeing as so much trouble seems to be traced back to our little rock, it's worth keeping an eye on.

Taylor doesn't dive into what these discussions will generate just yet. Instead, he simply does the work to establish each one and hits us with the feeling that big things are more certainly on the way. This is a book known for its ability to shock readers, but this issue doesn't exist to drop our jaws -- it exists to build our intrigue. It has a pretty unique cliffhanger and will definitely have you curious to see where the conversation goes next. It's not one that'll evoke strong emotions or anything -- something the book does quite often -- but it's likely to hook your curiosity.

Seeing as Hal Jordan's on the cover, it's not a spoiler to point out this issue revolves mostly around him. If you've played the game, you know he's going to undergo a big change and Taylor absolutely teases that eventual development. An entire scene is here to essentially convey how much Hal's mindset is changing. What's brewing on the Guardians' side of things is sure to make the upcoming plot with Hal even more interesting, too. Will this new character see eye to eye with Jordan? It's unlikely, and given the book's handling of conflict, expectations are certainly high.

Bruno Redondo, Rex Lokus and Julien Huggonard-Bert are able to lure us into each new scene with some great establishing shots. Oa's devoid of emotion yet eerily beautiful and alien, Hal's sequence opens with burst of energy, and the cut to Clark matches the tone of the scene -- distant, cold and calculating. The character work remains consistent, providing clearly defined emotions and it prevents these fictional, two-dimensional characters from feeling static. There's one great moment with Clark where the panel tells you everything you need to know about how he's feeling. With his eyes shrouded in darkness and a focus on his clenched fist, it's crystal clear the Man of Steel is doing everything he can to keep composed.

The Bad

The update on Wonder Woman's status is sure to be a driving force for Superman, but, as a reader and a fan of the game, there's no real sense of danger or suspense regarding her outcome since we know she'll endure.

The Verdict

INJUSTICE: YEAR TWO #3 is all about showing subtle changes in Hal Jordan while also setting the stage for some very promising new plot points. Nothing here is going to stun you, but it's absorbing and certain to leave you anxious to see how the next chapter will unfold. After the last issue's cliffhanger, I can't help but wonder what'll happen with the new character. I'm sure we all have our theories -- especially if you know the development Hal will eventually undergo -- but only time will reveal what Taylor has in store for us. It's just too bad need to wait two weeks until the next chapter. Thankfully, this series is worth the wait.

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Posted by SNascimento

Wonder Woman will be so mad when she wakes up in issue #4. Heads will roll.

Posted by lifeboy

Can i have your life Katz? You seem to be going around watching movies and reading comics. Lol

As far as Injustice, I trade wait. Loved volume 1. It made my shelf which only 3 other hardbacks are there. Volume 2 is pre-ordered. Diana is the Star for me in vol 1.

Posted by SlickyMike88

So far I read of Injustice , it's the best Justice League comic out there :) It's like Game of Thrones , there's consequences.

Posted by New_World_Order

Wonder Woman will be so mad when she wakes up in issue #4. Heads will roll.

She wakes up next issue?

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Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

@slickymike88: also like game of throne they always kill your favorite character

Posted by SNascimento

@snascimento said:

Wonder Woman will be so mad when she wakes up in issue #4. Heads will roll.

She wakes up next issue?

No, I meant the physical copy... so it would be something like #7 or #8?

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Posted by snarkybits

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Man, I am still pissed about #2. I gotta go read some Garfield or something...

Edited by Phalcon05

4 stars seemed generous to me. Felt more like a filler issue to me. No action and the story didn't progress hardly at all

Edited by 2cool4fun

wait why review just now doesn't this come out weekly?

Posted by bladewolf

Honestly, I thought this was the worst issue of the series thus far, though it was still quite good. Plot threads were set up, but there was too much mucking about for my taste. I'd give it a 3/5.

Edited by VegasLantern17

Wait what is the release schedule for this book digitally? It's seems like it was at first a bi-weekly but now it only comes out once a month? Could someone explain this to me please?

Posted by k4tzm4n

4 stars seemed generous to me. Felt more like a filler issue to me. No action and the story didn't progress hardly at all

I disagree about the story not progressing.

  • Guy is coming to Earth to investigate the situation.
  • Hal is showing signs of being more afraid than usual.
  • Hal and Flash are going to debate U.S. politicians.
  • Supeman's incredibly pissed over what went down with Wonder Woman -- not to mention it's revealed she has yet to recover from Atom's attack.

Wait what is the release schedule for this book digitally? It's seems like it was at first a bi-weekly but now it only comes out once a month? Could someone explain this to me please?

wait why review just now doesn't this come out weekly?

Comes out every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month.

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Edited by Phalcon05

@k4tzm4n: I didn't notice the subtext as much until you pointed it out. I have the gut feeling that each of the points you made could be the first few pages of the bigger issue that each is foreshadowing. That's why I consider it a filler issue. I agree with the content of your review I just weight this premise differently -"Taylor doesn't dive into what these discussions will generate just yet. Instead, he simply does the work to establish each one and hits us with the feeling that big things are more certainly on the way."

Posted by k4tzm4n
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