Review: Injustice 2 #36

“Goodbye”

Writer: Tom Taylor

Artists: Daniel Sampere, Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran, & Rex Lokus

The plot thickens in this week’s Injustice 2 #36, as Tom Taylor and the team begin to wrap up their work on the saga. Continuing the Brainiac-centric storyline, Injustice 2 #36 highlights the strengths of the title: nothing is sacred, anything can happen.

After his encounter with Brainiac, Grodd launches an attack to reclaim Gorilla city. Having captured Ra’s al Ghul, Grodd not only takes control of his former throne but also the Suicide Squad. After receiving intelligence about Grodd’s actions, President Jefferson Pierce chooses not to intervene. However, while captured Ra’s manages to send a message to Batman, letting him know about the current situation, thereby setting the stage for a confrontation between Braini-Grodd and the Dark Knight.

Oh No He Didn’t!

Freed from the shackles of Earth-0 continuity, Taylor is not afraid to break the rules. There are multiple shocking deaths in this issue along with a heart-wrenching cliff-hanger. Yes – deaths and cliff-hangers aren’t necessarily foreign to Earth-0 continuity, but Taylor uses these plot devices extremely well.

Channeling his inner George R.R. Martin, the writer keeps his readers on their toes, as no character is safe. In short – death does not feel cheap in the Injustice universe. These shocking events carry weight.

Perfect Pencils

There are a lot of people with their artistic hands on this issue: Sampere, Redondo, Albarran, Lokus. Yet, despite having multiple cooks in the kitchen, Injustice 2 #36 is a delightful dish, full of rich and beautiful art. Not once does the issue feel in-cohesive due to an excessive number of artists. The pencils are uniformly sharp, the inks on point and the colors are lavish. Characters are rendered with iconic beauty, and panels are dynamic in composition. This issue is gorgeous from start to finish.

Conclusion

While Injustice 2 may not be one of the company’s flagship titles, DC did not skimp on the talent for this book. Taylor’s grand vision for this story is matched by his teammates’ capacity for bringing this foreign world to life.

Injustice 2 #36 is bold in its execution and grandiose in the best way possible. As the story begins to crescendo towards an epic conclusion, this issue leaves its readers desperate for answers.  Injustice 2 #36 is the title’s last monthly instalment before the story wraps up in Injustice 2 Annual #2 – which will surely be another amazing issue of this superstar title. If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and read Injustice 2. The ride is worth it.

Images Courtesy Of DC Entertainment

Bryant Lucas

Bryant Lucas

Bryant Lucas is a Staff Writer at Dark Knight News. Bryant has been collecting comics for over a decade but has been a fan of DC since he was a child. Bryant works as a high school English teacher in Houston, TX, where he lives with his wife and two children. Bryant has a MA in English and American Literature from the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK.