[SPOILER WARNING: The following review contains SPOILERS for both the Injustice: Gods Among Us video game and the tie-in comics.]
In the wake of an ally’s death and some unseen enemy’s declaration of war on Bruce Wayne’s plans to rebuild the world in the wake of the destruction unleashed by Superman’s Regime, it’s only natural for Batman and his allies to think about what’s most important to them. It’s especially natural to Oliver Queen who – no matter what world he’s from – is given to introspection and brooding.
To that end, he proposes that he and Dinah Lance get married… tomorrow.
Of course throwing together a wedding on a day’s notice is no small task. Not even when you have the bankroll of three billionaires and Bruce Wayne’s considerable connections in Gotham City backing you!
Yet even Batman’s knack for foreseeing trouble and planning for everything can fall short, as a sudden personal matter lures him away from the wedding… just in time for some unexpected party guests to arrive to “pay their respects” to the bride and groom…
When the preview of this issue became available a few days ago, I glibly remarked that I already liked it better than the Green Arrow/Black Canary Wedding Special. I’ll admit that is no difficult task, as my disdain for Judd Winick’s handling of Green Arrow and Black Canary is as Brobdingnagian as it is well known. Ignoring my obvious bias, Injustice 2 #13 truly is the superior wedding special.
Why Injustice 2 #13 succeeds where that story failed lies in the core of Tom Taylor’s writing. Taylor has an obvious love and respect for these characters and he uses that to inform the story and the humor. There are no hackneyed jokes about the groom getting cold feet or bridezillas here – just the characters we love, being themselves. It’s not the stuff of grand sagas but it is enjoyable to read. The action can wait until next week.
That love and attention is also present in the issue’s artwork. Bruno Redondo’s fine eye for detail has never been stronger, further enhanced by Juan Albarran’s inks. Every flower petal, every flowing lock of hair is rendered perfectly and Rex Lokus’ colors provide the perfect finish to one of the strongest artistic acts in comics today.
If you haven’t been reading the comics set in the Injustice universe, this is a fine place to start. Though born of a single bad day and one of the darkest events in recent comics history, Injustice 2 #13 shows that there is light and hope in this setting as well. There are other great things I could talk about, but I’d rather you discover them for yourself – this book is that good.