[SPOILER WARNING: The following review contains SPOILERS for both the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game and the tie-in comics.]
Bruce Wayne has lost much in his war on crime and, more recently, his war with Superman and the Regime that sought to take over the world and force peace upon it.
He’s lost his secret identity. Now the whole world knows that he is The Batman. He’s lost friends – both good cops like Jim Gordon and Rene Montoya, who helped him defend his city, and fellow heroes from The Justice League. He’s lost a woman he loved, Selina Kyle, who left him rather than see him killed by his sense of duty.
He’s lost his sons. All of his sons. One way or another. Most distressingly, he’s lost Alfred Pennyworth. More than a butler, Alfred was Bruce’s foster father.
Small wonder then that Bruce should think of better times. Of the days when Damian Wayne was still a loyal son.. and the night the fourth boy to be called Robin was about to undergo a special rite of passage – his first solo patrol!
Unfortunately, there’s no way for me to show any preview images of this issue of Injustice 2 without spoiling much of the fun. Believe me when I say that the artistic contributions of Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Rex Lokus and Wes Abbott remain as strong as ever.
As for the story by Tom Taylor, well, let me say this. I don’t like Damian Wayne. In fact, I despise Damian Wayne. I think his creation is one of the worst things to come out of the Batman family of comics in the past decade.
Reading this story, however… I found myself liking Damian Wayne.
I can think of no higher complement for a writer than this. Taylor took a character I’d rather not existed and told a story that made them likeable. Such is the skill that he displays every week in this series and such is the reason why I sing this series’ praises.