So, previous years of Injustice: Gods Among Us have brought us: superheroes divide and fight each other, an intergalactic war, the world’s deadliest magic show and now Year 4 brings us a battle of biblical proportions! That’s right, as if the plot wasn’t crazy enough already the old gods and the new get involved in the battle of Superman vs Batman and isn’t that sentence just nuts?! Wait until we get to the action!
Step right up, because Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year 4 brings us battles featuring; Super vs Super, Super vs God and God vs God! Sure, it’s an action packed year but… where’s the plot?
Year 4 definitely has a weaker start than previous years but it did get better as it went on. There were also some characters that I didn’t recognise this time and whilst that can be quite a daunting thing, it was actually quite enjoyable to discover new characters. As for older characters, some of them were still just as frustrating as previous years, but Wonder Woman is showing hints of being the Wonder Woman I remember – but it is only hints.
I found that a lot of this year got a bit too “real world-y” for me and it really took away from the fantasy. But I also think this had something to do with the writing. The writing wasn’t as strong as I would have liked it to be, or come to expect, from previous years. Tom Taylor’s absence is almost painfully noticeable and it really impacts the overall tone and flow of the story. Sorry Brian Buccellato, you’re a pretty good writer – you’re just not as good as Tom Taylor.
Year 4 is high on action – there’s absolutely no doubt about that, what would you expect when God’s get involved to crack some skulls?!, but the entire year is pretty low on plot. It was almost as if the creators went:
1: “Ok – we have a different writer, how can we disguise this and make the readers forget?”.
2: “We could bloat the roster with Ancient Greek gods who could, you know, get involved in a very physical way? Everyone knows who they already are so we don’t have to worry about character development or any of that important stuff and we could just have them crush people – except, you know, not everyone as the mortal superheroes have to prevail against the immortal gods….?”
1: YES! You are a GENIUS! It’ll be like ‘KABLAM!’ and ‘BLAM!’ and ‘KABLARGH!’. Yes. I like it. Make it happen!
Needless to say, the plot suffered. Greatly.
Year 4 was a much shorter read than previous years due to all the ‘kablam, pow, kersplat’ parts of the graphic novel – but with the lack of writing and plot this wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. But to be fair, there were some pretty bad segments, but it wasn’t all bad.
There were also some weird moments in Year 4. Purely from a writing/plot standpoint, there are some characters that I genuinely don’t understand why they haven’t joined the Insurgency. It was also really (laughably) dumb seeing all-powerful ancient gods behave (and die) like mere mortals. I mean, really? How are these gods so easily emotionally manipulated, corrupted and even killed? What the hell is so godlike about them then?
Continuing on with the characters, Aquaman was actually pretty good as a character, he’s actually kind of cool! Harley is still excellent – she has been throughout the entire series so far! Damien is still a complete dick – so is Wonder Woman to be honest.
It’s really annoying that the plot never really went anywhere throughout Year 4 and it just goes to prove that bigger doesn’t always mean better. Year 4 is definitely the weakest year so far. I really miss Tom Taylor as a writer.
But you know what – I’m still having fun, and I’m still going to finish the series and I’m still happy with Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year 4 and I look forward to Year 5!
Want to see superheros face off against gods? You can buy Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year 4 here!
[PLEASE NOTE]: I was not paid or sponsored to write this review – all the opinions are honest and my own.