In the wake of the destruction of Metropolis and the death of Lois Lane, Superman decided to force peace upon the Earth at any cost. Since then Superman has faced many foes, surviving assaults by both the Green Lantern Corps and Earth’s magic users. And he has all but shattered the Resistance organized by Batman and killed most of the superheroes who dared to stand against him.
This is a matter of great concern to Ares. For Superman is very close of bringing about total peace and what power would a god of war wield in such a world? But Ares is as crafty as he is bloodthirsty, for modern wars are fought in backrooms as well as on battlefields. And Batman proved to be a most willing knight upon Ares’ chessboard.
Through a series of bargains and deals with other deities, Ares has arranged for the gods themselves to declare war on Superman, with the armies of the Amazons poised to do battle with Superman’s Regime. To avoid fighting her sisters, Wonder Woman suggested a trial by combat with each side choosing a champion to represent them. The gods agreed and Superman elected to fight his own battle. And Batman, acting as the agent of the gods, chose Wonder Woman to be their champion!
With a story built around hubris and tragedy, it was only a matter of time before the Greek Gods became involved in the story of Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Brian Buccellato has brought them forth with style. The twist that Wonder Woman has been manipulated into fighting Superman for the sake of her people, her mother and her gods against her will is a brilliant one. More importantly, it leads to one of the best action sequences in this series’ history and a rare opportunity to see Diana truly cut loose on an opponent she’s uncertain she can defeat. It’s also an interesting fight as neither hero – reluctant as they are to fight the other – is willing to give an inch of ground.
The artwork by Mike S. Miller maintains his usual high level of quality. Miller has an excellent sense of choreography and an eye for detail that captures the scope of the epic clash that takes up most of the issue. The artwork is marred only by some occasional odd expressions, which seem out of place given the action and dialogue.
Thankfully, these moments are few and far between. And this ultimately proves to be an excellent issue of one of the best series on the shelves today.