Injustice: Gods Among Us (comics)

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Injustice: Gods Among Us
Cover of Injustice: Gods Among Us #1 (March 2013).
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
ScheduleWeekly (Currently), Fortnightly (Formerly)
FormatOngoing
GenreSuperhero
Publication dateJanuary 2013 – September 2016
No. of issues148 (digital)
60 (print)
Creative team
Written byTom Taylor (Year OneYear Three: #1–7)
Brian Buccellato (Year ThreeYear Five: #8–12)
Artist(s)Various

Injustice: Gods Among Us is an American comic book series that serves as the prequel to the Injustice: Gods Among Us fighting video game. The series takes place in an alternate reality, where Superman descends into tyranny following his family's death at the Joker's hands and establishes a totalitarian One Earth Regime. In response, Batman forms an insurgency to fight back against the Regime.

The series was written by Tom Taylor and Brian Buccellato, and illustrated by a number of artists, including Jheremy Raapack,[1] Mike S. Miller, Bruno Redondo, Tom Derenick and others.[2] It was released digitally by DC Comics from January 2013 to September 2016, and was later released in physical comic book form and collected in trade paperback and hardcover editions.

Plot[edit]

The story is split into the five years preceding the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game. Year One to Year Four sees Superman's totalitarian regime fighting against another enemy; Year One has the Insurgency, Year Two has the Green Lantern Corps, Year Three introduces magic users such as John Constantine, the Spectre, Deadman, Zatanna and Doctor Fate. Year Four takes a different route and instead introduces to us the Greek Gods, where the ending has Zeus going face to face with Highfather of the Source. Year Five sees a desperate stand from Batman, a small handful of the remaining insurgents and Lex Luthor to establish a link to another Earth and call them for help.

Publication history[edit]

The series was announced by Ed Boon on October 5, 2012 at the EB Games Expo.[3] The first issue was released digitally on January 15, 2013 by writer Tom Taylor and artist Jheremy Raapack, and subsequent issues were released weekly.[1][4] The digital issues were later collected and issued in monthly print comic book form, and eventually in collected editions.[5][6] In December 2014, Taylor announced that he would be leaving the series after writing Injustice Gods Among Us: Year Three digital issue #14 (print issue #7), with Brian Buccellato replacing him by continuing the story into Year Four and Five.[7] The final digital issue of the series was released on September 20, 2016, stopping right before the plot of the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game.[8]

Sequels and spin-offs[edit]

Another comic book series, titled Injustice: Ground Zero, followed the Injustice comic prequels. This series was a retelling of the game's events from Harley Quinn's perspective.[9][10]

Taylor and Bruno Redondo returned as the writer and artist respectively for the sequel comic book series Injustice 2 which began publication in May 2017. The series takes place between the events of the first game and its sequel, Injustice 2.[11]

A miniseries known as Injustice vs. Masters of the Universe featuring a crossover with the Masters of the Universe franchise was first published on July 18, 2018 by DC Comics. It is written by Tim Seeley with art by Freddie Williams II.[12]

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

The series was well-received by critics. According to review aggregator Comic Book Roundup, Year One as a whole scored an average of 8.6/10 based on 115 reviews,[13] Year Two averaged 8.4/10 based on 115 reviews,[14] Year Three averaged 8.3/10 based on 122 reviews,[15] Year Four averaged 7.4/10 based on 77 reviews,[16] and Year Five averaged 8.1/10 based on 134 reviews.[17]

Accolades[edit]

  • 2013 IGN People's Choice Award for Best Digital Comic Series[18]
  • 2014 IGN Best Digital Comic Series[19]
  • 2014 IGN People's Choice Award for Best Digital Comic Series[19]

Collected editions[edit]

The Injustice: Gods Among Us series is collected in several trade paperbacks and hardcovers.

  • Injustice: Gods Among Us
    • Volume 1: collects issues #1–6; November 13, 2013;[20] ISBN 978-1-40124-500-9
    • Volume 2: collects issues #7–12, Annual #1; June 25, 2014;[21] ISBN 978-1-40124-601-3
    • Injustice: Gods Among Us Year One - The Complete Collection: collects the entire series; March 2, 2016;[22]; ISBN 978-1-40126-279-2
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Two
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Three
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Four
  • Injustice: Gods Among Us Year Five

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bosier, Jen (January 21, 2013). "The Grim, Dark Future: 'Injustice: Gods Among Us #1' Comic Review". Forbes.
  2. ^ Jasper, Gavin (May 17, 2017). "The 40 Best Moments From the Injustice Comic Series". Den of Geek.
  3. ^ Lien, Tracey (October 5, 2012). "Injustice: Gods Among Us to spawn its own comic". Polygon.
  4. ^ Phillips, Brandy (January 15, 2013). "'Injustice: Gods Among Us' Battle Edition and Release Date Revealed; Digital Comic Based on Game Available Today". DC Comics.
  5. ^ Jasper, Gavin (September 20, 2013). "A Look at Injustice: Gods Among Us - The Comic Book". Den of Geek.
  6. ^ Semel, Paul (January 15, 2013). "EGM Interview: Tom Taylor, Writer Of DC's Injustice: Gods Among Us Comic". Electronic Gaming Monthly.
  7. ^ Yehl, Joshua; Schedeen, Jesse (December 11, 2014). "Injustice: Gods Among Us Comic Writer Tom Taylor Departs, Brian Buccellato Takes Over". IGN.
  8. ^ Guerrero, Tony (September 19, 2016). "Injustice: Year Five Comic Concludes With Superman Versus Batman". GameSpot.
  9. ^ Elfring, Mat (December 6, 2016). "Harley Quinn Stars in Comic Series Which Connects to Injustice 2". GameSpot.
  10. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (December 7, 2016). "INJUSTICE: GROUND ZERO #1 REVIEW". IGN.
  11. ^ Whitbrook, James (January 20, 2017). "DC Announces an Injustice 2 Comic, Continuing the Best Evil Superman Story Ever". io9.
  12. ^ Hoffer, Christian (July 18, 2018). "Review: 'Injustice vs Masters of the Universe' #1 Sets Up an Action-Packed Showdown". ComicBook.com. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
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  17. ^ "INJUSTICE: YEAR FIVE". Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved August 6, 2018.
  18. ^ "IGN Best of 2013: Best Digital Comic Series". IGN. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
  19. ^ a b "IGN Best of 2014: Best Digital Comic Series". IGN. Retrieved February 13, 2018.
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  29. ^ "INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR FOUR VOL. 1". DC Comics. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  30. ^ "INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR FOUR VOL. 2". DC Comics. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  31. ^ "INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR FIVE VOL. 1". DC Comics. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  32. ^ "INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR FIVE VOL. 2". DC Comics. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  33. ^ "INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US YEAR FIVE VOL. 3". DC Comics. Retrieved February 6, 2018.