By Ashley Gibbs
The prison where Superman and other members of the Regime are being held is under attack by the Suicide Squad led by the false Batman in Injustice 2 #3 but the real Batman has prepared for everything -or has he? This issue is filled with a lot of action during this full on prison break but also some nice reunions. While this issue isn’t filled with a whole lot of character development, it helps move the story forward as the chess pieces begin to fall into position. While the Regime was once the biggest threat this earth had to face, new powers are coming into place from the rubble of the broken world.
As the prison is breached, Batman and company must split up to deal with the threats. He himself goes to deal with Superman, who has escaped his cell. Sadly, the two don’t get much of a showdown or even much conversation as Batman’s contingency plan quickly kicks into gear with him from the Atom. But the Man of Steel might not have been the target of the break in as Talia al Ghul breaks out her son Damien while the Suicide Squad keep Green Arrow, Black Canary and Batgirl busy. We’re given a brief reunion with Harley, Oliver and Dinah before Harley is forced to join the bad guys again due to the bomb in her head. I liked seeing Batgirl in action as I missed her presence in the first Injustice game and do hope she appears somehow in the second installment.
The artwork in this series is consistently good and what I would expect from a modern American superhero comic. The characters are well drawn and full of very human expressions, the artwork flows smoothly almost as if one is watching an animated cartoon rather than reading. Most of the action in this issue takes place at night and as such things are dark to help set the mood, but the colors are ever vibrant showcasing each character’s unique attire. There is some violence and death but it’s thankfully not overtly gruesome and all of the fighting is handled well.
Overall Injustice 2 #3 is another installment in what is a great series so far and I can’t find much to complain about it. While this issue isn’t too deep, there are some great moments. One in particular when Harley meets the Green Arrow that Black Canary found from another dimension. While they haven’t said which world he’s from, fans of the [i]Arrow[/i] TV show may enjoy some of the nods to that continuity from his dialogue though he looks nothing like the Oliver there. But the moments of humor help to break up this very serious story and only add to what makes this a great read.
Injustice 2 #3
Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciller: Bruno Redondo
Inker: Juan Albarran
Colors: Rex Lokus
Letters: Wes Abbott
Publisher: DC Comics