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Product Details

  • Series: Injustice
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; First Edition edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401245005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401245009
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,933 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Q&A with Tom Taylor

Tom

Q: What has been the best part about writing the Injustice: Gods Among Us universe, specifically this world outside of what’s going on in the rest of the DCU?

A: Well, you just hit it right there, it’s outside of DC continuity. Essentially, I’ve had the most creative freedom I’ve ever had on any licensed book ever and because it’s weekly, I get to tell any story I can think of. Yes, we’ve told a huge arcing story about Superman getting more and more controlling and Batman and Superman splitting up as friends. But we’ve also told these one shots out of the middle of nowhere, like Superman and Flash playing super speed chess and Green Arrow and Harley Quinn just having a little adventure in a very funny, poignant, and sad story. The Flash also goes running across the Nullarbor in Australia. People have loved these stories and it’s kept things very fresh. Even though some of them haven’t appealed to everybody, the fact that it’s a weekly comic is exhausting and I don’t get a lot of sleep, but I still want to put absolutely everything into every issue. I agonize over every syllable.

Q: It’s very apparent that you’re having fun with this story and I think that’s why everybody loves reading it. Do you have a favorite issue or an issue that you think people should go back to if they’ve only read Issue #1 or only played the video game?

A: For people who are worried about the violence and darkness of it, they should definitely check out Chapter 5. It’s that Green Arrow and Harley Quinn issue which is probably still my favorite issue, it’s not very Injustice but it’s just great. Its throwing together two wonderful characters that have never really mixed before. There’s also a Flash story in Chapter 13 where Superman, Wonder Woman, and Flash come to Australia to break up a protest and that’s a story that everyone seems to love, a lot of people have told me that’s their favorite. The whole run has been fun and I know a lot of people have been hesitant at the start because some truly horrible things happen. Some nasty things happen that I didn’t even want to write or read but if they can get past that there are some stories that aren’t so dark and some stories that have a lot of humor. If I’m going to recommend one? I’d recommend all of them, read everything so far, that’s a good place to start.

Q: You bring up a funny point because even though the world is so dark in this alternate universe, so many of these characters would handle it with humor. Even with everything happening some of them have to laugh to survive.

A: That’s exactly it. I hate writing without humor, I can’t stand anything humorless. You know, I have a sense of humor and I believe other people do too and telling superhero stories without any lightness and levity is just not the way to go. Batman can do that but no one else can. Even a world turning to dark needs laughter.

Review

"An entertaining gateway into the new game universe."—IGN

"One of the best DC comics to not only come out this week, but since the start of 2013."—AICN

More About the Author

Tom Taylor can be followed on twitter @TomTaylorMade.
Once a professional juggler and fire eater, Tom Taylor is now a multi-award-winning comic book writer, playwright and screenwriter.
Taylor is the creator of the Aurealis-Award Winning graphic novel series THE DEEP (which tells the adventures of a multiethnic family of underwater explorers who live on a submarine). The Deep has been optioned by Technicolor to be turned into a 26 episode CG animated series.
He is perhaps best known for the best-selling DC Comics series, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US, and his many Star Wars series, which include STAR WARS: INVASION and STAR WARS: BLOOD TIES (which won the 2012 Stan Lee Excelsior Award).
Taylor has written for DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, IDW Publishing, Wildstorm, 2000 AD and Gestalt Comics.

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It is my understanding that this story is prequel to a game.
Robert M. Kirwan
I don't play video games but I love comics and I highly recommend this series.
Wyckedwytche
This is a new story that puts Justice League members against each other.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DavidF on December 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I must say I was pleasantly surprised, one of the few times when something lived up to my expectations. I bought this book on a whim, I never played the game but the story fascinated me (and so too did the pretty pictures, lol) Now I will preface by saying that if you are a superman fan you may not think so highly of this story, because it doesn't honor that superman mythos most everyone has grown to love, but I assure it makes for a really exciting and interesting read. without giving too much away....This story brings up a lot of ethical questions particularly from a standpoint of absolute power, and this my friends is the embodiment of absolute power corrupting absolutely, what do you do when one day becomes enough is enough, when everyone on earth is made to agree and live in harmony side by side by force. This is an excellent new take for a graphic novel that I for one enjoyed reading and oh P.S. I'm a big superman fan but what made this not off putting to me was the story and the fact that I'm even bigger Batman fan and he is just badass on here :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bastion Drake on December 20, 2013
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When people were meeting to make a plot for the prequel comic to Injustice this is what was said. "Hey guys lets put 0 effort into the plot and artwork, people are going to buy it anyway for the name."
"Security! please shoot this guy!" Bang!
"Let's make something incredible"
Most prequel completely fail to have there own plot and simple show the boring crap that wasn't worth adding to the real story. This has it's own plot and it's great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gary Zenker on December 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover
What happens if you saddle the ultimate boy scout with the ultimate loss? Injustice: Gods Among us gives us one answer.

Take Superman's love, Lois Lane, and put her to death at the hands of...well, let's not spoil it, let's just say a villain. What happens next and how others react is the premise behind this story. Although it is marketed as the prequel to the game, you don't need any knowledge of or involvement in the game to enjoy this story line. This book is smooth and the story flows easily. The characterization and interplay between Superman and Batman is interesting with some very clear role reversals.

Volume 1 contains the first six issues and shows us the unfolding drama as heroes choose (and change) sides in the philosophical argument of how far heroes should go to create peace. We end up with three significant deaths (which is easier to arrange for a series like this that falls outside of the normal continuity and is a single title series). A decade or two earlier, DC would have branded this an Elseworlds story, as they did with Kingdom Come, another tale with similar themes.

The artwork may be the single weakness in this book. It's not that the art is bad, but that the story line involves so many artists creating the first six issues, I found it annoying that the visual style changed so often. Maybe it was planned that way and maybe they kept switching artists as they switched focus on the heroes, but I couldn't discern a pattern if that is what they did. How hard can it be to get a single artist to commit to six issues of a comic?

Were only the rest of DC's New 52 as interesting as this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Travis Starnes on December 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This story starts with a flash of the future, a perfect world where there is no war, no conflict and yet Batman is still not happy because the price of that peace was too high. Back in the present we see Superman and Lois are so happy because she is pregnant and when Superman meets Batman later in the day his joy is overflowing.

One issue that becomes immediately apparent when reading this comic is the artwork. I know I have a preview review copy which helpfully states that it may contain uncorrected proofs, but I cannot see this as being markedly different to how it will go out. All the art in this comic looks out of focus; it is a very weird sensation when reading it. The text boxes and speech bubbles are neat and perfectly sharp, but all the art behind looks like a picture waiting to come into focus. It is real shame because the art at a quick glance looks fantastic, but the more you try to look at it the more you realise that it is not going to get any sharper. If this had been a reprint of a much older comic then I could understand it, but it is less than a year old so that offers no explanations.

This is not a perfect comic, it asks quite a few questions that it never answers. One question is; did it really just end that abruptly? Many comics end on a cliff-hanger I know, but this one simply ends mid action sequence with no indication it is coming. I am used to this sort of ending happening with a big splash page, something to let you know that this section is ending and to look out for the next, but this feels like someone simply turned the TV off in the middle of the film. It also asks some very silly questions such as; how does Superman shave?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin Price on April 15, 2014
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Not your standard DC style story. Great read and a nice alternate take on the members of the Justice League. Superman as you've never seen him before.
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