Injustice: Gods Among Us – Volume 1 – 1


Injustice: Gods Among Us – Volume 1 – 1

General Info

Issue No:
1
On Sale Date:
January 2013
Cover Date:
March 2013
Era:
Non Canon
Story Title:
Part One

Creative Team

Cover Artist:
Jheremy Raapack
Writer:
Tom Taylor
Penciller:
Jheremy Raapack, Alex Gimenez, Mike S. Miller
Inker:
Jheremy Raapack, Mike S. Miller, Marc Deering
Letterer:
Wes Abbott
Colourist:
Andrew Elder
Editor:
Jim Chadwick, Sarah Litt (assistant)

Characters

Main:
Batman (Bruce Wayne), Superman (Clark Kent/Kal-El)
Heroes:
Justice League: Wonder Woman (Princess Diana), Cyborg (Victor Stone), Flash (Barry Allen), Green Arrow (Oliver Queen), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan)
Villains:
Doomsday, Harley Quinn (Harleen Quinzel), Joker
Olympians:
N/A
Amazons:
N/A
Other:
Jimmy Olsen, Lois Lane, Son of Kal-El
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Comments

Based on the video game of the same name, this series featured an alternate version of Wonder Woman. The title was released as a weekly Digital Comic in parallel with a monthly print version.

The alternate reality featured in Injustice explored a world where heroes take justice into their own hands and become an authoritarian regime under the command of Superman.  Wonder Woman allies herself with Kal, meaning she is effectively a villain in this title.

Director Zack Snyder had intended his original two part Justice League movie, that was going to follow on from the events of ‘Batman versus Superman’, to be based on the events of Injustice. This authoritarian world controlled by the Man of Steel was even hinted at in a flash-forward “dream sequence” in the 2016 movie.

Synopsis

A sullen Batman reflects that crime in Gotham has been silenced but not by justice as much as by fear. Fear of Superman, who is the dictatorial ruler of the world, reigns.

Five years ago, Clark Kent, also known as Kal-El, Superman, is awoken in the middle of the night to the first sound of two hearts beating inside his wife, Lois Lane – hers and their growing baby’s. Lois and Clark embrace in the joy of this discovery when Lois receives an anonymous tip about a crooked councilman taking a pay-off and prepares to leave. Clark offers to join her but she refuses, insisting it isn’t necessary. The couple separately depart on their respective routine as hero and journalist.

As Superman, he finds Batman already in Metropolis while on his way to S.T.A.R. Labs and in the middle of a fight with some street toughs. Superman proposes a rooftop rendezvous and telling Batman about his recent news; in which Batman has figured it out already – he can see the fear and joy all over his friend’s face. Batman is asked by his friend as the baby’s godfather.

Meanwhile, Lois and Jimmy Olsen are at the docks and are on the lookout for their councilman. Jimmy gets his camera ready, but he is suddenly shot dead by the Joker.

Over at S.T.A.R. Labs, Batman is investigating the theft of a supply of kryptonite on which the scientists were experimenting to determine its conceivably beneficial-to-humanity properties. Superman arrives, panicked, begging Batman for help in finding Lois, who is kidnapped by the Joker.

Batman alerts the Justice League – Green Arrow, Cyborg, Wonder Woman, The Flash. Searching areas of Metropolis that Superman can’t immediately see while airborne, Flash finds the corpse of The Scarecrow, murdered by the Joker. Wonder Woman discovers at the docks that the Joker has hijacked a submarine.

Superman rushes over to apprehend the submarine and promptly beaches it before storming in, where he finds The Joker and Harley Quinn in the infirmary with Lois strapped to an operating table, a scalpel in the Joker’s hand and gas masks on both his and Harley’s faces. Superman is shocked that the villains are accompanied by Doomsday.

Confronted by Doomsday, Superman, reacting quickly to protect Lois and their unborn child, charges at his foe and flies off with him into space, leaving the Joker and Harley Quinn behind to make their escape. However, Green Lantern stops them with a giant hand construct as he and the other Justice League members arrive on the scene.

Batman investigates the submarine to find it empty except for Scarecrow’s fear toxin. A quick interrogation of The Joker soon reveals that the fear toxin was tainted by Kryptonite he had stolen from S.T.A.R. Labs and that Superman isn’t fighting Doomsday at all. Doomsday is simply a hallucination. And as Batman gets through to him over their communications system and being in space helps to clear his head of the fear toxins, Superman comes to a tragic realization: he has taken Lois into space without any kind of environmental protection or breathing apparatus, killing her and their unborn child.

Matters are quickly worsened as The Joker reveals that the operation he was performing on Lois involved connecting her heart to the missile in Metropolis. As Lois dies, a nuclear warhead is activated, thereby devastating Metropolis.