Published on February 28th, 2014 | by octaneblue1
Review: Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 1
Publisher(s): DC Comics
Release Date(s): November 13, 2013
In early 2013, Warner Bros., DC Comics, and NetherRealm Studios teamed up to launch Injustice: Gods Among Us, a fighting game featuring numerous DC Comics characters. The game was a success, earning critical acclaim and topping the sales charts at the time of its release. A review of the Wii U version can be read here!
At the time of the game’s release, a tie-in prequel comic also launched. While the game begins at a certain point within the game’s universe, the comics explain exactly what happened to lead up to the events of the game, which were only very referenced in the game’s introduction cutscene and at some points during the story mode.
The main storyline involves the fall of Superman, who quite literally takes over the world after a tragic event causes him to establish a regime. While several members of the Justice League and even some supervillains side with Superman, Batman and others instead form an insurgency to combat Superman’s rule.
Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 1 collects issues #1-6 of the comics, which were released first digitally. The entire volume is housed in a nice hard cover, which really adds to the presentation. The content itself is great, with many characters, both heroes and villains, appearing throughout the book. The storyline is thoroughly engaging, especially if you’ve played the game, because you get to see how each character either sides with Superman or with Batman. And some characters are torn between who side with. And what’s really interesting is that not everyone joins the side of who you would expect. The issues are not all serious either; there are some comedic moments throughout the volume, especially during the interactions between Green Arrow and Harley Quinn.
In regards to the art, there’s a bit of inconsistency, and that is probably the only flaw with the series. Throughout the issues, there are changes in artists. Not that any of the art is bad, most of it is quite good actually, but it does feel a bit odd seeing slightly different character designs, especially with the faces, throughout the different issues in this volume. But, other than that, the art in Injustice Vol. 1 is mostly superb, matching up with the different character designs seen in the video game.
The storyline presented in Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 1 is very interesting, and fans will likely be drawn into some of the different interpretations of the DC Comics heroes and villains in this universe. While the art is a bit inconsistent between issues, this is a recommended read for fans that enjoyed the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game.
+ Intriguing storyline
+ Serves as a nice tie-in to the game
+ Nice presentation
– Inconsistent art
Final Score: 4.5 out of 5