Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Three #8

Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Three #8

Writer: Brian Buccellato
Artists: Mike S. Miller, Sergio Davila, Juan Albarran
Colorists: J. Nanjan and Rex Lokus
Letterer: Wes Abbott
Cover Artists: Neil Googe and J. Nanjan

Nap time is over for Superman, but Wonder Woman has beat him to the punch. The Amazonian is not happy about being put to sleep, and she’s even less pleased when she wakes to find Sinestro turning everyone yellow. Seeing Wonder Woman in the forefront is a great change and one of many in Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Three #8.

First off, this issue has a beautiful opening. There’s a magnificent sunset. At first we only see to shadowed outlines. One of them is quickly revealed to be Superman. The man of steel is marveling at the sunset. The person beside him isn’t revealed to till the next page, thus building some anticipation, but of course we know who it is: Wonder Woman. The use of close-ups, environment shots, and the build up of the scene, gradually revealing more and more is just a perfect way to start the issue. Even better is that this opening is Wonder Woman’s dream. Considering the previous issue showed Superman’s dreams, this provides an excellent compliment to the story. Superman dreams of Lois, Wonder Woman dreams of Clark.

When Wonder Woman wakes up, we are immediately introduced to her mom and Ares. While Ares doesn’t stick around, there’s an interesting plot point about what kind of deal she made with Hera to wake up Wonder Woman. Ares, on the other hand, sticks around. I love the look of Ares, and later on we see him toss around some superheroes showing off his comparable strength and power. Switching scenes, the issue touches base with Batman in the Tower Fate who is trying to recruit more heroes to his cause. When they transition back to Wonder Woman, she’s in the Hall of Justice taking charge and choking the life out of Sinestro for having corrupted Superman with a ring of fear. One thing leads to another, Ares wakes up Superman, and everyone is ticked off and ready to take on Batman as the Spectre reveals where the Dark Knight is hiding.

Ares

The change of writers is hard to notice in this issue, which is a good thing. Tom Taylor did a superb job, so Brian Buccellato has a lot to live up to. However, Brian is actually a comic writer I’ve read before, and I was really impressed by his work on Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion. In that series, he breathed a lot of life into the villains of the Flash. His great character work is evident in this issue with the use of Wonder Woman and Superman. The character dynamics fit perfect with where the story has been before and where it’s continuing to go. It’s sets an excellent direction for where things can go from here and provides a lot of potential for the story and characters. Picking Brian as the new writer is so far looking to be a perfect choice as it’s a very seamless transition.

Panel highlights

The art overall is terrific. Again, those opening pages are beautiful. The look of Ares is awesome. I also enjoyed the page that shows all the captives Batman has. Then there’s the scenes where Wonder Woman attacks Sinestro. The look of fury on her face and the mixed look of fury and surprise on Sinestro’s is just wonderfully done. Throughout the issue, the artwork does a good job with the action, the character close-ups and the emotions.

With an excellent story and great artwork, I give Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Three #8 a five out of five metal bikinis. I was worried about the change in writers, but after reading this issue, things look to be in good hands.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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