Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Four #2

Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Four #2

Writer: Brian Buccellato
Artist: Mike S. Miller
Colorist: J. Nanjan
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Cover Artist: Thibert and Thomas Mason

***Warning: This review contains major spoilers***

What was once a great series has become run-of-the-mill storytelling. Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Four #2 is no longer a series worth recommending. Issue #2 has caused me to loose faith in the series and the current creative team behind it. The spark is gone.

In this issue, Montoya takes a bunch of green pills, fights Superman, and dies. It’s nothing special. The comic never did much to make Montoya a likeable character, so her death was pretty meaningless. What little they did do with her falls way short of creating a true, meaningful character, one readers can empathize with and care about. With characters like Batman and Superman, it’s a lot more forgiving because they are so well known. But with a lesser known characters like Montoya, the writer really has to do a lot more work to shape the character. Sadly, this series never went the extra mile to do that. She dies, Batman gets mad, and the war is back on. I can’t say I’m excited.

Aside from the main plot thread, Harley tries to flirt/stir trouble with Shazam, and the Greek gods are up to something. Alas, none of it is all that fun. The artwork is okay, but it does nothing to make up for the poor story and characterizations. Ever since the change in writers, this series has been struggling to maintain it’s locomotion. Each issue is just one more step in the wrong direction, and one step further down hill.

In my opinion, the last thing I want is another year of Batman versus Superman with a changing cast of characters and balancing of power as Superman slowly becomes more of a badguy. Heck, the way this series has been going, he’ll keep dancing back and forth between good guy and bad guy so much that he’ll never become a bad guy. It worked for a while. It was awesome to see all these new characters come, shine, and it was even okay when they died. But it’s been four years. It’s time to change gears.

When this series started, we saw a glimpse of a grim future where Superman was a dictator of the world, and Batman looked on in dismay, wondering how things ever got this way. I think three years was plenty of time to show us how they got this way. It’s time to fast forward back to that grim future and show what a corrupt Superman could bring and how Batman could ever hope to fight it. Instead of continuing to inch toward it, it’s time to leap forward, take a fresh start, and break some new ground.

For now, I’m quitting the series. I tried to hang in there, but it’s just not working for me anymore. It had a good run, but Buccellato is no Tom Taylor. I give this one a two and a half out of five metal bikinis.

Posted By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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