Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Injustice 2 #14 - A Review

Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance lost each other once. A twist of Fate brought them - or alternate universe versions of themselves, technically - together again, giving new meaning to the old Sinatra song about love being better "The Second Time Around". Unfortunately, someone is about to ruin their wedding day as Batman simultaneously fights a battle for his own family...

The one problem with Injustice 2's weekly format is that sometimes the action is broken up in unfortunate ways. In this case, there's little punch to the story as all of the moments that should have hit the reader hard either came at the end of the last issue or are telegraphed far in advance of this issue's ending. Thankfully, there's still a lot to admire in this book even if it lacks any real surprises.

The artwork, for instance, looks amazing. Bruno Redondo's fine eye for detail is out in full-force and there's some surprisingly subtle visuals here that I frankly love. From the bandage under Black Canary's eye to the epic ballroom blitz that breaks out as the party-crashers arrive, every page of this issue looks amazing, with Juan Albarran and Rex Lokus offering up some fantastic finishes in the inks and colors.

As for Tom Taylor's script... well, if nothing else, he deserve praise for writing a Green Arrow/Black Canary wedding that does not reduce Dinah Lance to the role of an inactive participant during the inevitable fight scene. No ring-chasing bimbos here, folks. Just Dinah Lance, kicking ass in a wedding dress, as well as she should. I know that's a strange point to harp on but it seems like 95% of the time when there's a superhero wedding the bride becomes a distressed damsel more concerned with her looks than fighting villains. That is not the case here, thankfully.

The Final Analysis: 8 out of 10. No real surprises but damn solid work all around.

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