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Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Vol. 3 Paperback – October 17, 2017
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PRAISE FOR INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US:
"Starts off with a bang." --FORBES
"An addictive soap opera of larger-than-life characters." --PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"An entertaining gateway into the new game universe." --IGN
About the Author
Brian Buccellato is a writer and and illustrator, best known for his work as scribe on THE FLASH with co-writer and artist Francis Manapul. He has also written DETECTIVE COMICS, INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US and FOREVER EVIL: ROGUES REBELLION for DC Comics. As a colorist, he's worked for Marvel, DC, Vertigo, Top Cow, Image and Dynamite Entertainment. His recent coloring credits include ADVENTURE COMICS, HELLBLAZER, SUPERMAN and THE FLASH.
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From there the story explores Batman's final gambit: to kidnap Cyborg and hijack his computer systems to find video proof of Superman's wrongdoing (whether that be his massacre of the Joker Underground protest group or his complicity in the murder of Alfred). As you can expect by now the plan fails to materialize thanks to the return of Raven who manages to use her magic to prevent the broadcasting of the video. With nothing else left Batman and Luthor begin their last ditch effort: summoning alternate dopplegangers of the Justice League through the multiverse to help stop Superman (the plot of the game's story mode). Thus the ending of the book syncs up nicely with the start of the game's story mode, as fans had predicted it would.
What makes the final volume such a weak ending is the continued problem of the Regime's lackluster reaction to Superman's outright villainy. The Flash, after have a crisis of conscience when Iris and his friends were jailed for being sympathetic to the Insurgency, immediately sets aside his second guessing of Superman and goes all in on the Regime (though we at least know with his character that he does eventually join the Insurgency during the game to repent for his actions). However, worse is Cyborg and Hal Jordan who actively seem to realize that Batman is right about Superman and that he did have some hand in the death of Alfred. Why they stick by him at this stage isn't explored as well as I'd prefer. The book even ends with Hal wondering aloud if Superman has gone too far and if he made the wrong choice, despite the fact that during the first game's story he refuses to leave the Regime with Barry and outright tries to stop the latter's defection. All in all, the quality of the writing often seems to suffer a bit when the creative team is hemmed in by creative decisions that were made for the story's game. In typing up all the loose ends so that Injustice Year Five perfectly rolls in to the game's campaign the book suffers a bit of story telling busywork.
Also, once again, the writers kill off numerous Insurgency members as a second hand method of explaining away their lack of an appearance in the first game. Here we see the death of Hawkman, something Hawkgirl just accepts outright with little to do. Although I understand the writers' need to justify why these characters wouldn't show up in the game's story, I think they could have found other methods to explain away their absences other than killing off so many people. This is especially noteworthy when you consider that Injustice 2's story outright contradicts some moments from this five "year" comic. For example, in Injustice 2's opening we see a flashback of Robin murdering Victor Zsasz in cold blood to prove his loyalty to Superman. This is not only not the manner in which Robin joins the Regime in the comics, but it directly goes against the major "Year Five" plot thread of Zsasz murdering Alfred. All in all, I do feel the Injustice comics would have been better served playing just a bit more by their own rules instead of feeling overly beholden to the games and their events. While the connective tissue is appreciated, it does come at the cost of the overall story a bit. When you consider the fact that the game designers don't feel as much a need to ensure that the new game lines up with the comics, then I think we could have forgiven a bit more leeway on Buccellato's part.
Would continue buying the ongoing installments .