REVIEW: Injustice: Gods Among Us #1

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Comic tie-ins to franchises in other mediums have a notoriously bad reputation. Sometimes you get some cheesy fun ones like Aliens versus Predator versus The Terminator, but there are very few good ones that are not continuations of the original property. Prequel comics, especially, are seen as not being very good by virtue of having to end at a specific place for the primary vehicle for the franchise to start at. So does Injustice: Gods Among Us, a comic, based on a video game, based on various comic franchises, work where others have failed? Find out with your Major Spoilers review!

prv15048_covInjustice: Gods Among Us #1
Writer: Tom Taylor
Art: Jheremy Raapack
Publisher: DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99

JUSTICE TO THE SOURCE MATERIAL

This comic, above all else, stays true to the source material, which is just other comics. Batman feels like Batman, Superman feels like Superman, and the Joker feels like the Joker. This is very important because this means the video game is likely to also mirror the comics in an equally faithful way. In the end, that is the job of having prequel/lead in material, to instill the would be fans with trust in the primary material. It also helps that the story told is a very good one, probably due to the fact that the writer is allowed more liberty in the pocket game-verse this all takes place in, and does not have to keep any kind of status quo outside of that of the video game itself. I was genuinely surprised with where this comic went, and really the seeds of story it sets up to be fully explored later on. I do not want to spoil any particular elements of the story here, because its really just worth reading.

RESIGN THE DESIGNS

The art is very serviceable throughout. There are some really good facial expression in it, which are balanced out by some awkward faces and proportions littered throughout. The color palette is surprisingly bright in contrast to the video game itself, seeming to sport a much darker visual tone from the trailers that have been released so far. The bright tone works too, something about the levels of saturation is very aesthetically pleasing. The biggest point of contention art wise, however, is the suit re-designs.They are taken right from the video game, and while they work more in a 3D environment, most of the heroes’ costumes, with the exception of Superman’s, feel too over designed in a 2D space.

BOTTOM LINE: SOME GREAT MARKETING

In the end this comic is marketing for a bigger thing that the parent company hopes to make more money off of. They have no real stake in weather or not this comic is good because it is just meant to remind us all about the property until the release date. Well, weather on purpose or by happy accident, they ended up making a really good comic. If you were on the fence about getting the game, this will put you firmly in the “buy” camp, or at least it did for me. If you are already going to get the game then this comic is a wonderful little treat to sedate your appetite until release. If you just want a good single issue superhero story, then this is the perfect thing to pick up. Over all, I recommend you go buy this.

Rating: ★★★★☆

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