Written by Tom Taylor
Pencils by Bruno Redondo
Inks by Juan Albarran
Colored by Rex Lokus
Every gorilla has its day and as we see in this issue, it was Grodd’s bloody day of conquest as we see Grodd march his way into Gorilla City with his army, hellbent to take down his enemies and more than willing to use whatever tactic it takes to achieve his goal, even if that means taking over the mind of children to use against his enemies.
This issue does a good job at progressing the overall story forward towards the events of the game with several major characters meeting their final fate and seeing Grodd taking over the throne of Gorilla City. Where most of the story is dark, sad and bloody, there’s also a message of hope during the middle of the book where the President tells Black Canary that he wants to create a world where the children don’t have to train to save the world, because if the adults do the hard and dirty now, they can make a world that doesn’t need saving. And while The Presidents intentions are good, we also see that he’s willing to let some people die to save the lives of others.
The artwork in this issue as with the rest of the Injustice 2 series is top notch and looks great. Everytime I jump back into this series I’m never disappointed in the art, and I always enjoy the art teams high level of detail they put into the pencil, ink and color work, especially on the characters reactions and expressions, which helped sell the story to me.
The dialogue throughout the book flowed pretty well, and for the most part, every character seems like they are represented well and true to their characters in the main universe, though I do feel like Ra’s could have felt like he was more capable than what was shown. The only dialogue I didn’t enjoy was Harley Quinn’s, mostly because I feel like it was tacked on as a forced but not funny Harley joke, that wasn’t really needed and it seemed like even the characters around her ignored what she was saying. Other than that, I thought it was a well written issue that I enjoyed reading.
Where the first half of the book starts off by fooling you into thinking that Black Canary and Green Arrow are shot down in the Oval Office of the White House, the second half of this issue delivers on the death toll as we see 3 different and unique head trauma caused kills. Spoiler Alert those are as follows, Grodd activates the bomb inside Man Bats head, as Man Bat tried to stop Grodd from harming Ra’s AL Ghul. The second death is that of Solovar the king of Gorilla City, Grodd takes over Solovar’s son’s mind and threatens to kill the young children unless Solovar accepts his faith, and as Solovar reads Grodd’s mind to see if Grodd will keep his promise, Solovar see’s what Grodd’s been up to and who he’s been talking too, Brianiac, and just then Deadshot shoot’s Solovar in the head at Grodd’s Command. The third major death in this issue comes at the hands of Ra’s Al Ghul or rather by the hand’s of Grodd. As Ra’s tries to escape his fate he sends a message to Bruce Wayne seeking his help, but it quickly becomes too late as Grodd takes over Ra’s mind and then crushes Ra’s head in his hands.
Overall I liked what was being presented here. The highlights for me were Grodd’s bloody conquest of Gorilla City and seeing how Alfred is dealing with being brought back to life by the Lazarus Pits. It was quite emotional, and I felt both happy and sad for Alfred. It makes me wonder how this will affect Bruce in the next issue and final issue of the Injustice 2 series. I can’t wait to see how writer Tom Taylor ends the series.