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Injustice: Gods Among Us Year One - The Complete Collection

Write on: Sat, 20 Jan 2018 by  in Celeste's Reviews 1 comment Read 1450

Rating: 5/5 stars

Wow.  This first year of the Injustice series completely blew me away.  So many philosophical questions were raised here.  

Having the heroes of your youth broken before your eyes and remade into something dark and terrible is incredibly hard to watch.  When the Joker turns his attention from the Dark Knight to the Man of Steel, the world is changed forever.  A god among men who is broken has nothing preventing him from lashing out and breaking others.  

How far is too far when it comes to promoting the greater good?  Is it right to kill some to prevent more deaths in the future?  This is one of the questions I’ve always struggled with when it comes to super heroes.  If one of their villains is so terrible, why not just kill them instead of sending them away, when they’re just going to escape again and wreak more havoc?  I’ve always thought that a hero should take the hard road and sacrifice their conscience along with said villain for the greater good.  Even as a Christian, I held this to be true in theory.  That is, until I started reading Injustice.  When Superman finally steps up and does what I believed should have been done forever ago by taking out a villain permanently, it turns out to be the beginning of the end of the world as it was.

How far would you follow a good man down a path you think is wrong?  When your leader is no longer the man he used to be, how far do you follow out of sheer loyalty?  That is what members of the Justice League are struggling with as their world changes.  The heroes are divided, and those divisions are shaky and difficult for everyone involved.  

We see lives taken for the “greater good” and friendships destroyed over differences of opinion.  We see heroes and icons and role models that we’ve respected for decades succumbing to darkness and losing the love of their people, making due with fear instead.  Witnessing the blurring of lines and the degradation of conscience among these heroes was devastating, as was witnessing their inner turmoil.

This was one of the best graphic novels I’ve ever read.  It had so much depth that I wasn’t expecting.  I can’t wait to continue the series.

Celeste

Celeste was raised on a steady diet of fairy tales and Bible stories, and always chose to sleep with books instead of teddy bears. Her husband still feeds her book addiction. Southern born and bred, she’s proud of her Louisiana heritage and the spicy foods it brings with it. She’s a guitarist and lead vocalist in a Christian rock band, and hopes to write books of her own someday. Though she’ll read pretty much anything with words, her favorite genre is fantasy in all its many forms.

1 comment

  • C.T. Phipps C.T. Phipps commented on Feb 08, 2018 Comment Link

    Thanks for reviewing these! I've been thinking of doing my own reviews! I always felt Superman would be less obsessed with killing than Batman because there's some things out there like Darkseid, Brainiac, and Zod which are too powerful for normal people to ever deal with. The Injustice story, of course, is about Superman getting revenge rather than stopping the Joker's future victims from being killed. As one said, "The issue was never whether Batman should kill the Joker or not but whether Batman should build a better prison than Arkham and Blackgate." Great review.

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