March 11, 2015
The crap is really starting to hit the magical fan in this penultimate issue of Injustice: Year Three. Even as Batman and Superman’s forces enter into another extended battle, the epic war being waged between Trigon and Mr. Mxyzptlk threatens to unravel creation itself. It’s a fitting culmination of Year Three’s magical conflict. But as always, it’s the character work that makes this book shine.
New writer Brian Buccellato really seems to come into his own in these two chapters, better capturing previous writer Tom Taylor’s knack for iconic moments and strong characterization. Nowhere is this more evident than Chapter 21’s heartfelt reunion between Batman and the spirit of Nightwing (who now serves as the Deadman of this world). Buccellato delivers an emotional tribute to their relationship, punctuated by a great little burst of humor.
There are various other memorable moments scattered throughout this issue, both humorous and dramatic. One that stands out in particular is a significant death scene that will likely have ramifications beyond the scope of Year Three. But above all, what stands out in these chapters is the way Buccellato is able to represent both sides of the conflict. This isn’t yet a war of good and evil as it is in the game. Superman’s faction have their own desires and their own deeply held belief that they’re making the world a better place.
Visually, these two chapters manage more consistency than we’ve generally seen from Year Three. Bruno Redondo and Juan Albarran make a great pair in Chapter 21, while Mike Miller’s work is pretty solid in Chapter 22. If there’s any real flaw in the art, it’s that Miller’s pages don’t go nearly far enough in conveying the magical damage being caused by the Trigon/Mxyzptlk battle.
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