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Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1
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Injustice: Gods Among Us Year 2 Vol. 1 [Kindle Edition]

Tom Taylor , Bruno Redondo
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"An entertaining gateway into the new game universe."--IGN "One of the best DC comics to not only come out this week, but since the start of 2013."--AIN'T IT COOL NEWS

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The best-selling prequel to the hit videogame picks up right where it left off! Year one is over--now, year two begins. The death of one of their own has divided Earth's protectors as hero turns against hero. As Superman's iron grip on the world tightens, at the edge of the galaxy, anothe grave threat approaches...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 190079 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: DC (30 Sep 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KRKIT56
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Start to Year Two. 25 Oct 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
For those who don't know Injustice: Gods Amoung Us was a fighting game that pitted the heroes and villains against each other in a world where Superman has lost all reason and has been the worlds dictator, these tie in comics fill in the five year gap between the destruction of Metropolis by Joker and the wider events of the game.

So here we are the start of year two, Superman has lost his humanity Green Arrow is dead, killed in a fit of rage by the man of steel and Batman has been crippled at his hands and Superman has raised an army of super soliders to bring 'peace' to the world and with Batman out of action is stands to others to take up the fight against the tyranny of the Justice League and make Superman and the heroes siding with him see sense before it is too late, that is as much of the plot as I will give you.

What sets Injustice apart from most other comics at the moment is the brillaint writting of Tom Taylor, he seems to be having so much fun picking the fabric of the DC universe apart and killing off heroes in the most creative and brutal fashion possible, he does though as well as the dark aspects manage to still keep a level of humour involved, the first few pages in a flashback to happier times is a wonderfully funny scene between Black Canary, Green Arrow and Hal Jordon, he also puts in the Commisioner Gordon scene that I have always wanted to see but once again I will let you find that out for youselves.

The art is also an improvement over year one, no longer do you have such wild inconsistancies between the look of characters, which was a large problem before it is now a consistantly good standard all the way through.
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By paul
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Very good continuation of the story so far with lots of twists and shocks but it was over too soon! Haha. Amazing art and story work. Can't wait for the next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A solid action comic with a fantastic morality tale 1 Oct 2014
By Travis Starnes - Published on
One my biggest gripes with DC comics has always been that I find heroic heroes incredibly boring. Even Batman with his down and dirty attitude refuses to use a gun and does not kill. I hate it; I hate the ‘holier than thou’ attitude of it and the deep rooted feeling that these people are so much better than me all the way to their core and that really they can do nothing wrong. Marvel perhaps goes too far the other way and every one of their heroes is so deeply flawed that the line between hero and villain is only clear when the bad guy is a dribbling spiked monstrosity and even then it might just be Marrow. Magneto has had more heel/face turns than Batman has facial expressions and half the current heroes started off as villains. For me some of the best Marvel stories come about from the friction between the heroes and in recent years that has given us Civil War and AvX. I know the jury is still out on the latter one, but for me I thought it was brilliant and it is where I want to make the comparison. The Marvel editors set that series up with the intention of the Avengers being the ‘good’ guys and the mutants being wrong, but as it turns out I think the readership split 50:50 on that one.

For those that are not familiar with Injustice it is a comic based on a video game, which should start warning bells about quality and story. I have never played the game but if it is half as good as this comic, then I am really missing out. What that does mean is that they can do things with this story which would crack the New 52 universe in half and they do so at every opportunity. The first series of this book killed off Lois Lane which in turn caused Superman to rip out the Jokers heart in retaliation. Superman then (depending upon your personal stand point) either goes on a malicious rampage across the earth, tearing the Justice League into those who follow him and those who follow Batman, or he uses that pain to remove tyranny from all the countries of the world and create a new peaceful planet. Fair enough he breaks Batmans back, kills the Green Arrow, but hey, every good surgery has a little bit of collateral damage.

You can read this book purely as an action comic book and in that respect it does not disappoint. There are a fair number of really gruesome deaths of well known heroes,* x-ray vision used to reveal horrible things and a lot of bleeding ear drums. However for me all of that is a backdrop to a fantastically written morality tale. As I mentioned before I do not know if the writer had a bias when creating it or if he had envisaged a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ side, but it does feel to me that the people being portrayed as the good guys,** while noble and decent at heart, really are on the wrong side. But for me that makes this even better; you have good people doing evil things for the right reasons and good people doing good things for the wrong reasons. When you have that sort of intransigence from both sides there is only ever going to be one winner; the audience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of DC's Best 24 Oct 2014
By Charl A. Harper - Published on
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I've long thought that the Golden Age of DC comics was in the mid 1980's through the early 1990's, with the imaginative reboot of the comic universe, Crisis on Infinite Earths and the new looks of old titles. Things started to get tired in the 1990's with multiple covers and other gimmicks that often took precedent over story quality. With the multiple crises of the 2000's, I finally called it quits.

"Injustice" brought me back. It reminded me how much fun the DC universe could be as well as how much I loved the characters. "Injustice" is the mirror image of "Kingdom Come." In "Kingdom Come," we are introduced to a Superman who has lost much of what he loved because of the Joker and has retreated from society as a result. In "Injustice," Superman loses everything because of the Joker, but instead of retiring, he seeks justice (or is that vengeance?)

It's a fascinating read that will leave you impatient for the next issue. The characters are so well written that you understand exactly why they have decided to join Superman in his quest or why they oppose him. And the art is every bit as good as the writing. With Year 2, the action moves in part to outer space with the entry of Sinestro, which of course will bring the entire Green Lanterns' Corps into the battle.

If you haven't taken a look at what DC is up to lately, pick up the "Injustice" graphic novels. You'll find yourself drawn into a world that you won't want to leave any time soon.

I was given a copy of this graphic novel by the publisher and Net Galley in return for a fair review.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Look into the eyes of FEAR for salvation. 9 Oct 2014
By Borinquen_Warrior - Published on
The heroes gather to pay their final respects to a mutual friend whom was viciously killed, with Black Canary and Hal Jordan parting on bitter terms due to their chosen allegiances. Meanwhile, due to Superman's all out war against evil on Earth, another group are displeased with his quest for world peace through force. The Man of Steel has earned new enemies and he must now prepare for the coming war. -summary

Based on the hit fighting game of the same name. Injustice is a DC limited series taking place outside of main continuity in an alternate world. The first two volumes of the series followed Superman as he put down a notorious villain in violent fashion, and due to that villain's actions, Superman whom is flanked by the Justice League, embarks on a crusade to bring world peace through a totalitarian rule which angers many governments and even other heroes. Batman openly opposes Superman by putting together a resistance. The previous volume ended on a rather shocking cliffhanger leaving the story open for many possibilities. This third volume of the series Injustice - Gods Among Us: Year Two, sees writer Tom Taylor moving forward with the story introducing more twist and story elements that appears to be promising. This volume collects Injustice Year Two issues 1 - 5.

The plot begins when Superman is greeted by one of the Guardians of the Universe named Ganthet; they happen to be the rulers and commanders of the Green Lantern Corp. The meeting between the two ends on a fiery note, that leads to Ganthet taking action and from here things only get worse.

This volume is more of a world builder using its characters to mainly drive the plot in setting up for something larger; it's all about the build up in which Taylor does a well enough job with it and the level of suspense is pretty high. The Green Lantern Corp gets involved, and to counter them, their eternal enemy Sinestro makes his way to Superman in hopes of forming an alliance. I like how Taylor introduced Sinestro to this storyline by drawing a connection between the two as though they're some how kindred spirits. Taylor not only develops Sinestro as a master manipulator, but he also plays on Superman's downward spiral to ally with him even at a time like this. Superman is still the star here with him being sure of what he wants to do and even feeling remorseful about some of his actions; but he still believes in his heart that he's right.

Taylor continues further build up by planting the seeds of a possible betrayal and even focusing on Gotham's neck of the woods. Everything looks promising for later and that seems to be some of the issue here. Taylor focuses a lot on later, and as a result his narrative suffers in some areas. The character interactions aren't as strong as the previous volumes because steps are being retraced, and we're constantly being told that Superman means well although his steps are drastic. Taylor is a very good writer when he wants to be, but he still hasn't mastered engaging dialog over the long term if he's compared to let's say, Brian Azzarello in his Wonder Woman run. His writing isn't boring by any stretch, yet we already experienced his best discussions between the characters already. Perhaps I was expecting way too much.

I'll give him more credit though by taking advantage of this alternate world concept by continuing with his shocking ways on getting rid of characters. Once again, he pulled out something I didn't see coming despite the foreshadowing. I can't wait to see the consequences.

Once again there's a team of artist providing the illustrations, and this time things are looking quite better. The character designs feel more fine tuned and well defined. There's a nice detailed finish that wasn't seen in the last two volumes enough. There is a level of inconsistency but the art flows well enough in unison with the narrative, and the facial designs feel emotional at times. The little bit of action that is found has more of a shocking impact than actually delivering serious goods. The level of brutality can be well captured and again, it brings out more in Taylor's writing.

The book's opening features an introduction and a rather long summary to bring folks up to speed should they come into this book first. I highly recommend against that though; if this storyline catches an interested reader's eye, then it's best to start from the beginning. Despite a recap there's nothing better than following these events closely. Recommended if you enjoyed the first two volumes, and also recommended to those looking for an alternate take on long time characters and even if you so much as got into Kingdom Come.

Pros: Solid enough world building and characters are still strong

Cons: Not Taylor's best writing in this series
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this right here 2 Oct 2014
By Tim Kuntze - Published on
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This right here is the single greatest dc arc that I have ever read. I am on the edge of my seat until the next one comes out.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read, especially for people that have been turned off by DC after the Final Crisis disaster 29 Oct 2014
By Frank L. Greenagel Jr. - Published on
This is the 3rd trade in the series. You have to read the first two in order to follow the story. It's a classic Superman takes over the world and Batman fights him (it's the 1986 Squadron Supreme writ large, set in modern times and far more brutal).

What is the price we should pay for security? This is an issue that was discussed in Marvel's Civil War in 2006 (and in the American Patriot Act of 2001 and its fallout).

Sinestro plays an interesting role in this trade. The story is well conceived and does a good job pulling in a number of characters from the DC Universe. That said, the story revolves around the heavyweights. Even when they aren't on the page, their roles loom large. It's entertaining and fun.
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