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Booksplode #43 – Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One – The Complete Collection

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Thanks to our awesome Patrons, we’re proud to present another Booksplode!

This month, Josh Flanagan and Conor Kilpatrick take a look at…

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One – The Complete Collection by Tom Taylor, Jheremy Raapack, Mike S. Miller, Bruno Redondo, Axel Gimenez, David Yardin, Tom Derenick, Marc Deering, Diana Egea, Kevin Maguire, Neil Googe, Xermanico, Jonas Trindade, Andrew Elder, Alejandro Sanchez, Ikari Studio, David Lopez & Santi Casas, Rosemary Cheetham, & Wes Abbott!

What’s a Booksplode? It’s a bi-monthly special edition show in which we take a look at a single graphic novel or collected edition, something we really just don’t have time to do on the regular show.

Running Time: 00:40:00

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  1. Cue Starlord from GOTG Vol. 1. “Finally.”

  2. In regards to Earth 2, the evil Superman that appeared in that wasn’t actually Superman. It was the Earth 2 version of Bizarro which I found to be a weaker choice compared to Superman just being turned evil by Darkseid since it took away from interactions with Lois who became the Earth 2 Red Tornado among other characters. The actual Superman, Batman, and Wonder were all killed in that first issue. Now I love Injustice Year One even with the art issues along with Year Two and Year Three. The art is more consistent after the first year.

    Tom Taylor only did the first half of Year Three before becoming exclusive to Marvel which thankfully ended and then Brian Buccellato finished off Year Three with Tom Taylor’s ideas. Year Two was the war of the Green Lanterns with Hal becoming a Yellow Lantern and Year Three dealt with the magic characters. Tom Taylor wrote a great Constantine in Year Three which made sense years later with later series. Tom Taylor just knows how to write DC characters well. He finally gets to write Superman where I know a lot would prefer Clark, but I’m excited for it. He should have been given Justice League long ago honestly. I would strongly recommend Injustice Year Three Chapters 13 and 14 which was Taylor’s send off before going to Marvel. You see what Superman really wanted to happen and it certainly wasn’t what went down with Injustice. Bruce ends up with Diana which is from the Justice League animated series and Lois lives where they have a daughter, Lara. Superman ends up in a Kingdom Come type costume as Lara grows up. It’s so good. Then Tom Taylor did the Injustice 2 comics set before that game which were very good and had better art than Year One. You see a more modern Bruno Redondo there. The final issue annual as a flashback was great too.

  3. If you ever find the time which I know is asking a lot, I would recommend watching the Injustice: Gods Among Us cut scene movie since there is a story. Tom Taylor was just told with the digital comic that Joker is killed by Superman and was responsible for the death of Lois and Metropolis otherwise he was essentially allowed to do what he wanted. Tom Taylor should have been given a Green Arrow and Black Canary comic and does write Harley Quinn very well. I don’t like the voice of Joker in the game. That is for sure.


  4. Barry doesn’t just go with Superman in the series compared to everyone else who joined. He does question things even though he was part of Superman’s team and you get the great flashback chapter where you see the original Superman costume. Superman helped that kid with his bike and each physical issue had 3 digital chapters. Year One was the longest from that standpoint. From then on, the physical issues had 2 digital chapters for subsequent years. You can either finish Year Three or jump off after Year Three issue 7 which were chapters 13 and 14 and Superman’s wish for what he wanted. Years Four and Five aren’t worth reading. Then jump to the Injustice 2 comics. Year Four was about the Greek gods and Year Five was just setting up the game. Billy and Barry question things a lot in the video game with what has been done. Superman doesn’t appreciate Billy questioning his methods and Lex as Superman’s best friend is interesting for this world.

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