If you only read one DC Comics book this week it better be Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Four Annual 1. Most people hate spoilers and if I tell you who the main character is in this issue, it will ruin the set up for Year Five, but let’s just say you will get a little woozy if you streeeeeeeetch your imagination.
There is a new super powered shape shifter who is being held in The Trench, a super villain prison held in the ocean rivaling the depths of Atlantis. When the new prisoner’s father attempts to reason with Superman, he overreaches his welcome and goes rogue in order to free junior and possibly a few undesirables.
It has been a handful of years since The Joker caused Superman to kill his wife and child thanks to the mix of Kryptonite and Fear Gas, but the Man of Steel continues to rule with an iron fist. The Flash still holds out for hope that Supes will come to his senses, but this issue’s hero (?) doesn’t have the time to wait for all of that to happen.
When I started reading Injustice and I saw the shape-shifter, my first reaction was, “No way! Really? This guy?! After all this time? He’s the most under-appreciated super hero in the DCU!”
Seriously, this is the best Justice League story out there, I honestly wish it was the main storyline for the New 52’s JLA. Tom Taylor is brilliant, how many characters in the past two months has he made worth reading? All of the ones he’s written? He’s awesome. Bruno Redondo’s art makes me wish this was Superman’s costume and the inks from Sergio Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona were a seamless transition between these two finishers, and Rex Lokus makes the colors pop off the page.
This is my favorite DC Comics book of the year and I wish Taylor all the continued success. He’s on a roll.
Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Four Annual 1 is out today at your local comic store and online.