Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Injustice: Gods Among Us - Year Two #1 - A Review

Every issue of Injustice: Gods Among Us seems determined to drag me into the realm of nostalgia.  The series' Annual some two months ago made me long for the days when Harley Quinn and Lobo were zany characters.  This first issue of the new Year Two series reminded me of every great comic with Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance written as a loving couple. 

It's clear from the first half of this issue that Tom Taylor has a great fondness for both Ollie and Dinah.  Thankfully for we readers, he has an equally great affinity for writing both characters.  If this series comes to a close, I hope that strings may be pulled in the New 52 universe so that Taylor might write a Green Arrow/Black Canary series worthy of the name.  Actually, scratch that - make it Black Canary/Green Arrow.  This is the 21st century, after all.

I shall say nothing about the second half of this issue.  There's something incredible I would rather not spoil.  Suffice it to say, Dinah Lance has not been so well written since the last time Gail Simone's Birds of Prey.

Bruno Redondo joins Tom Taylor in returning to this series and his artwork looks better than ever.  This is not to say that it looked bad before but I think new inker Julien Hugonnard-Bert has a better understanding of how to use shadows sparingly than other inkers who have handled Redondo's work in the past.  The artwork of this book is as bright and cheerful as its script in the early scenes and appropriately ominous in the second half.

Bottom Line: a great book is back and it should be on the reading list of every fan of fun, quality comics. 

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