A lot of good people are about to get hurt.

While Batman and his rebels might be incapacitated, the might of the Green Lanterns is not turning a blind eye to Superman’s takeover of planet earth and issue #4 signifies the march toward war. Ignore the ladies on the bottom half of the cover, because they’re not here. This chapter is more about the Green Lantern corps than any issue of Injustice before it!

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Sinestro

Written by Tom Taylor

Pencils by Mike S. Miller

Inks by Saleem Crawford

Colors by Rex Lokus

Remember how in the last review I talked about how Sinestro could see a reflection of himself in Superman’s recent totalitarian actions? Well, that’s all spelled out in detail in issue #4 for anyone who isn’t as familiar with the character’s sordid past. It’s a well-told Sinestro origin story with a few tweaks here and there to make the Injustice portrayal a bit more unique. While recent incarnations of the character have painted him more as someone we can empathize with at times and, more often than not, an anti-hero rather than a villain, Tom Taylor’s take is totally evil. I honestly like both takes, but the more sinister Sinestro  seems to be a great fit for Injustice as he can serve future stories as a little devil on Superman’s shoulder. The artwork on this one was also great except for the design of Flash, but that’s in no way the creative team’s fault– that’s just how Flash looked in the Injustice video games that the comic is based on and what we see here is a spot on recreation of that. It’s great to see how much better illustrated Year Two of Injustice is after the artwork being the main drawback of Year One. I particularly liked the faded, washed look that Rex Lokus gave the flashbacks to Sinestro’s past and the disturbing juxtaposition of Miller’s horrifying imagery against Sinestro’s lies. I enjoyed everything about this, but I can see how readers who are well-versed in Green Lantern mythology might get bored hearing yet another take on Sinestro’s backstory.

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Oa

Written by Tom Taylor

Pencils by Bruno Redondo

Inks by Julien Hugonnard-Bert

Colors by Rex Lokus

Hal Jordan goes on trial, argues, one of the Guardians says “We’re not the ones on trial here, Lantern 2814!” and they send him on his way. We’ve seen this before. A lot. But the end result is rarely this severe.

The Guardians are aware of what has happened on Earth and they want Hal Jordan to answer for it. We get a few scenes of him pleading his case and interacting with the likes of Kilowog and John Stewart as more and more Lanterns arrive on Oa for a briefing on the events in 2814. It would all seem pretty tame and by-the-numbers Green Lantern material, but since this is Injustice we all know that it’s building toward something pretty shocking and the final 5 pages don’t disappoint. This portion of the book was illustrated by Bruno Redondo, who complements the style of Miller well and Rex Lokus is back for a consistent color scheme between the two halves of the comic. Redondo does a magnificetn job rendering all the different alien Lanterns and even though the action we see is only brief, it’s pretty impressive looking… or maybe that’s just because of the emotional weight behind every blow.

I will say that, even though I know it’s his catchphrase and  I love hearing him say it, Kilowog says “Poozer” too much in this issue. Space out the “poozers” a little.

Recommended If…

  • You love Green Lantern stuff. If you hate Green Lanterns then you might be miserable because this issue is 90% or more Green Lantern Corps-centric
  • Sinestro’s origin is something you’re unfamiliar with
  • Action is what you’re in the mood for. There are some cool, but brief fight scenes here. The importance behind the violence makes these few panels pretty impactful

Overall

It’s another Green Lantern heavy installment and you know what’s going to happen, but I love the ever-rising tension that Year Two has had and the origin of Sinestro should make for an entertaining read for those unfamiliar with the villain.

SCORE: 8.5/10