“I’m not to blame for the blood on your hands, Clark”
It feels like there are thousands of stories that focus on the relationship between Superman and Batman; each depicting there relationship with different lenses. This series has taken one of my favourite takes on their relationship. it focuses on what would happen if both of them felt they were morally superior and what lengths they would go to in order to protect Earth. Thank you Penguin House Canada for providing me with my copy of Injustice 2 (Volume 1).
We are welcomed back to the world, where Superman is incarcerated at Stryker’s Island and Batman has come to see him. Superman still believes that his regime is the only way to bring in the new world order. He attempts to break out, when the power is off, but the reader is left wondering whether or not he successfully escapes. The focus of the story shifts to Batman – not from this world – as he builds a Suicide Squad to help him break into Stryker’s to capture Damian Wayne. Harley Quinn leaves with this Suicide Squad, against her will, where we learn about her secret. The real Batman is shown reminiscing about his son until he meets up with Blue Bettle. Korg is recruited by Batman to join a new group, currently unnamed, that has been founded on the basis of good people. The story’s focus shifts once again to Kara as she watches Krypton explode. She is hurdled through the sky towards Earth. Once she lands, she is greeted by Shazam who let’s her know that Superman has been incarcerated.
As you may have noticed, the story really bounces around between numerous characters. Each issue typically focuses on a small handful of characters. However, the story itself is very easy to follow. This is because the panel order is very straightforward, with the panel typically being arranged sequentially.
There is very limited overlap of panels so that the reader can focus on what is happening within the single panel. in cases where there is an overlap, the artists make sure to simplify the scene within the panel so that the reader is able to focus on the characters in the scene and what they are saying.
The artists used a dark colour palate. This makes sense because the colour choice really depicts, not only the fact that the majority of the story takes place at night, but also the dark nature of the events. The art is very clean and appears to be closure to photo-realistic. This approach is very similar to how the art is depicted in the video games this series is based on. This serves to further reinforce the fact that the storyline is connected to what has happened within the game. The backgrounds, as mentioned before, were schematic at times. However, more often we see a very detailed background in the panel to help situate the reader. This story involves a bunch of jumping around between characters. So much so that I found myself relying on these backgrounds to help me understand a few plot arcs.
Taken together this volume was another fantastic read in a great series. I would highly recommend picking up a copy, even if you have not played either of the games, because it is a pleasure to read. You can get yours from Penguin House Canada here.