With the release of Injustice: Gods Among Us, I’ve decided that it is appropriate to read and review/discuss the issues in the prequel comic books that lead up to the events in the game. These reviews will be put together at the end of the series, and will be followed by a review of the game. Keep in mind, they are more-so discussions and my thoughts on each issue. There will be spoilers.
Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Jheremy Raapack
Colored by: Alejandro Sanchez
Cover by: Jheremy Raapack
Publisher: DC Universe
After last week’s less-than-stellar issue, things started to pick up in issue #8. The Justice League assembled, or at least the heroes affected by the bomb in Metropolis, and are in pursuit for the Mirror Master, the man behind the abduction. They spread out and start interrogating thugs, which I thought was a cheesy and easy way to solve this problem. They are led to a bar inhabited by villains, and find Mirror Master there. After some threats, they get the location of Clark’s parents and save them. The issue closes with Batman confronting the president, warning him about Superman.
This issue, like the last, was also relatively weak. As I said, interrogating thugs is just an easy way to write off a problem. This leads them to a bar that is a local hangout for villains. I couldn’t believe how cheesy this way. The bar is called World’s End, seriously. Anyway, I just thought that this plot point covered in the last two issues came and left with no relevance.
I was reassured that Wonder Woman thought that Superman was acting justly. I thought I was going crazy for a moment there. I thought Superman wasn’t necessarily doing anything wrong, but the comic was saying otherwise. But, alas, that was not the case.
The only strong moment of the issue was the ending. Batman’s confrontation with the president was down-key, in character, and hints towards inner conflict between the JLA. Issue #8, however, can’t stand on three good pages, and a whole lot more disappointing ones.
P.S. I noticed the Joker’s face as the target on a dart board in the World’s End. What was up with that?