Review: ‘Injustice: Gods Among Us’ #1

by Jeremiah Wallace
It's like king of the hill, but with laser vision.

It’s like king of the hill, but with laser vision.

Disclaimer: I have a deep fondness for video games and I also love comics, so naturally anything that combines the two of them immediately has my interest. Injustice: Gods among Us are one of those things. From the creators of Mortal Kombat (whose recent 2011 remake for the PS3 and Xbox has one of the best Story Modes in a fighting game ever) Injustice is a fighting game coming in April 2013 that pits iconic DC characters against one another. While most comic readers are familiar with the idea of heroes battling each other, and most gamers couldn’t care less why Superman and Wonder Woman are slugging it out on their game screen, DC decided to create a comic anyway that tries to explain why a bizarre match like Flash vs. Batman might be possible. The majority of the issue takes place 5 years before the events of the upcoming video game. The comic does its best to enlighten the audience as to why DC’s heroes are angry enough to fight their former teammates as well as the various villains who appear in the game. From page one its evident that this story doesn’t take place in the current DC New 52 or even in the old 52. It’s a totally separate universe but all the familiar beats are still in place, albeit with slight differences. Superman lives in Metropolis but shares an apartment with Lois. Joker and Harley Quinn are, as far as I can tell, heart surgeons but remain insanely evil as ever and have a bone to pick with Superman. And Batman is as usual, the smartest guy in the room. Everyone is still friends and Batman seems to be running the Justice League, which consists of Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Flash and Green Lantern. Without giving too much away, a tragic event happens at the end of the issue which sets the stage for the events to unfold in the upcoming game this April. All snarkiness aside it’s an interesting story, although having three different artist in a single issue is a bit jarring, all three are good and given that this was originally a short digital series broken up into 3 parts it’s understandable. Injustice: Gods among Us #1, written by Tom Taylor and illustrated by Jheremy Raapack, Mike S. Miller and Axel Gimenez, lands at your local comic book shop today.

Jeremiah is one cool guy. Ask him about the comic he’s drawing.

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