Injustice, the new DC series set prior to the upcoming game of the same name, is, like all of their digital series, being released weekly; these small instalments will then be bundled together and brought out as a monthly mini-series otherwise not unlike any other on the shelf; those bundled together into a trade. As a reader this is an interesting and rather ideal set-up: one allowing me to regularly consume the story with the rhythm of a great TV serial, the more archaic readers their preferred paper format and me (again) the luxury of a contained collection to keep into the future. As a writer though ( of these rambles, let alone of the book itself) this weekly format is a challenging one; leading to regular reviews that will either end up being too repetitive, too short or too repetitive to read. So while I will be eagerly awaiting each and every Tuesday night for the books release ( Wednesday for you yanks) I will only be reviewing at irregular intervals.
But you don’t care about that, you want to know about the book itself. Last week I wrote a lot about this books beginnings, about my experience reading it and about the craft that made it so compelling; what I didn’t really mention though was the story ( I don’t like to be specific before others have had the chance to experience something for themselves). Inside of the book itself the biggest surprise – for me at least, going in with no information – was the suggestion we got of an Übermensch abandoning the American way and wielding the European tradition of Dictatorship in its place; it was a shock to see superman become the villain, primarily because he was shown as such a sweet protagonist on nearly every other page. This week we get to see just how this future could possibly come to be, even though we are barely scratching the surface of the series’ mystery.