If your closest confidant died what would stop you from killing the man who killed them? That’s the question Batman is faced with in this very issue. Is it good?
Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five #13 (DC Comics)
So what’s it about? The official summary reads:
It’s Damian at the crossroads when he must make a final, fateful choice between his biological father-Batman-and his current father figure, Superman. The new Nightwing can end the conflict that’s torn the world asunder these past five years, but either the Dark Knight or the Man of Steel is going to have to die.
Why does this book matter?
The sequel to the hit game this series is based on is coming and it makes me wonder if this story will have implications for that story as well. Plus who doesn’t like an elseworlds tale where the good guy – Superman in this case – is really the villain?
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
The art by Mike S. Miller is enjoyable in this issue and in particular it’s how he draws the costumes and fighting. We not only get a Superman vs. Batman brawl, but also a Damian vs. Batman and Justice League vs. Batman fight scene. I was shocked at how much fighting this issue contained (as many other series would surely pad them out), but it makes this issue exciting from beginning to end. The choreography is easy to follow and there’s a wickedly good full page splash of Batman and Superman taking punches from each other as if they were in a dance.
If DC Comics ever releases a Batman vs. Superman trade paperback again it’s going to have to include the fight from this issue. Writer Brian Buccellato takes a bit of a back seat with story this issue due to the amount of fighting, but he squeezes in some nice moments between Batman and each of the characters. It’s also nice to see this version of Batman isn’t a killer like we’ve come to see in the movies too!
Face 2 face!
It can’t be perfect can it?
The reveal at the very end of this issue might be lost on new readers, but anyone who has read the last issue will get a kick out of it.
It’s a bit obvious this series is originally made for the tablet experience since most pages don’t go too crazy with layouts. It’s mostly top and bottom deviations, which is fine, but it definitely does something to the flow of the story.
Anyone looking for a deeper sort of read shouldn’t be expecting much in this issue. With so much fighting you can hardly blame the comic, but besides a hero potentially getting himself in big trouble nothing changes by the end. It’s also a bit alarming that Batman puts himself in the position that he does.
There’s a lot of fighting in this issue.
Is It Good?
Come for the fighting and action and you won’t be disappointed.