Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Three #6

Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Three #6

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artists: Bruno Redondo, Mike S. Miller, Xermanico and Juan Albarran
Colorist: Rex Lokus
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Cover Artist: Mike S. Miller and Rex Lokus

Confrontations and victories sum up Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Three #6 as the prophecy unfolds. The green will grow. Hellfire will burn, a deadman will fall and a deadman will rise. Souls will be lost and traitors triumphant. The empress awakens. The emperor sleeps.

First off, Detective Chimp brings some wry humor by way of the artwork. He’s wearing a shirt that says “Talking Raccoon? Bitch Please.” Considering he’s a talking chimp in a DC comic, it’s a funny jab at Marvel and Rocket Raccoon. Anyways, beyond Chimp and some humor in the opening pages, things get serious afterwards as they story ramps up. The Spectre and the Phantom Stranger face off. Etrigan surprise attacks the Hall of Justice. Then topping it off is a wild move by Batman to take Superman out…again..and maybe successfully this time.

With all the action, humor, twists, turns and great dialog, Tom Taylor sets a high bar with the story. The artists do a great job of meeting those high standards with lots of excellent panels. The characters look awesome. The action is seamless and epic. And when need be, they even get the humor.

Just looking at the first page, you can get a sense of how well the art team has things nailed down. It’s just a bunch of super heroes sitting around a round table. The first panel establishes the scene showing everyone at the table. Then the next panel does an immediate close up of one of the speakers at a side angle, allowing them to show the person they’re talking to in the background. Keep in mind this is a small 2″x3″ panel. Yet it doesn’t feel cramped because the angle is so intelligently chosen. The third panel is another close up, a different angle, and this time focuses only one one character even though their are word bubbles from the other speaker. It’s a subtle panel, mostly a dialog vehicle, but it adds just a touch of drama to Constantine and his tired, weary face. As the scene shifts in the following panel, we see Batman and Catwoman being added to the scene, which is an interesting choice. Rather than just having Batman, they throw in Catwoman too, emphasizing her role as a part of all of this. That kind of inclusion is important. Throughout the series we seem moments taken to add those touches of inclusion that make everyone feel like they are a part of this and not just tagalongs. The fifth panel shifts to just Batman and Constantine, showcasing their facial expressions, especially Constantine being deep in thought. Then there’s the final panel on the page, a close up of Catwoman, again bringing her into the conversation. They’re all puzzling over the prophecy. The whole page is a setup for the turn of the page which reveals Detective Chimp, with his humorous shirt, and an answer for their question, “Who is the empress?”

Taking that whole page apart and evaluating the choices that are made and how the affect the story, you get a deeper understanding of how well the whole thing is done. The simplicity of character choice and viewing angle flows into the feeling of the storytelling and the dialog. It plays upon the mood of the characters. It adds to the group dynamics. Yet on the surface, with a quick read over, it all goes unseen as a seamless part of the story. Throughout the issue, that kind of attention is given to the artwork, and it’s one of the reasons why this series is so good.

All around another great issue that doesn’t miss a beat. I give Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Three #6 a five out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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