DC Comics, December 7, 2016-ongoing
Writers : Christopher Sebela, Brian Buccellato
In the spring of 2013, the Interactive Entertainment division of Warner Bros. ( which owns DC Comics ) and videogame developer NetherRealm Studios jointly developed and published a 3D Fighting-genre video game titled “ Injustice : Gods Among Us ” for a variety of hardware platforms. The game pits DC Comics ’ most popular characters against each other in a series of one-on-one fights, using the backstory of an alternate timeline in which DC Comics ’ overriding fictional character place, Superman, has built a totalitarian government and put the entire satellite under its see, while a belittled insurgent group consisting of other heroes, led by DC Comics ’ other overriding character place, Batman, wax opposition .
While the video recording game was thin in terms of storytelling ( as expected of a Fighting-genre videogame ), DC Comics released an “ injustice : Gods Among Us ” comic book series that serves as a prequel. The amusing book series was fairly substantial, with the concluding chapter being released on September 2016, retentive after most gamers lost interest in the video game. With such a brawny back read, this comedian record prequel can be inaccessible to a new reader, and will be an incomplete understand to person who is not interested in picking up and playing the television game ( as the video game technically serves as the conclusion to the floor. )
fortunately, “ Injustice : grind Zero ”, which was started in December 2016 as a way of proactively building momentum for the videogame sequel ( not to mention far expansion of the “ Harley Quinn ” character brand following its entrance into mainstream awareness upon the release of the “ Suicide Squad ” motion picture in 2016 ), supplants both the prequel and the original video game. This is a new doorway into the “ Injustice : Gods Among Us ” franchise without going through all the trouble of backreading about half-a-decade ’ randomness worth of comics and playing through a fairly recess videogame.
The “ Injustice : earth Zero ” miniseries retells the stallion history from the ( warped ) position of Harley Quinn. Harley Quinn is a character property created as a buddy to Batman ’ s adversary The Joker for enliven cartoons in 1992. The prequel is condensed to a few pages ’ worth of flashbacks and monologues, while the game ’ south history is retold through the character ’ randomness remembrance of events, in a conversation with a cryptic figure on a park bench. It retraces narrative steps, as it goes through the trouble of keeping readers astir to date on what occurred in the games and the comic book prequel. But its main draw is to show the perspective of Harley Quinn, who is depicted in “ Injustice : Gods Amongst US ” as having joined Batman ’ s Insurgents but was kept on a short rope ( partially out of Batman ’ south distrust for his nemesis ’ mentally unstable buddy, and partially out of business as to what Superman might do to her in the event of get. )
It is easy for the reader to consider Harley Quinn as an treacherous narrator and to dismiss her recall of events as heavily modified, given her mental state. But if the subscriber is prepared to enter into the exhaustive transaction of cross-referencing the soliloquy with the game and the prequel, then it is clear that she is at the very least not changing important plot points. The most concern part of the series is it does a great job of fleshing out the character and giving readers an insight on her soul, arsenic well as her kinship with The Joker. In a way, this miniseries is primarily a Harley Quinn story, that just indeed happens to occur right alongside the “ Injustice : Gods Among Us ” history .
One noteworthy takeaway from the series is that it doesn ’ t excessively romanticize Harley Quinn ’ s relationship with the Joker, a trendy and disgusting evolution given The Joker is a series killer and periodic torturer. In “ Injustice : ground Zero ”, The Joker ’ randomness absence ( after being murdered by Superman ) had a positivist consequence on Harley Quinn. The character took over the villain ’ mho surviving henchmen and transformed these street thugs and criminals into revolutionist freedom fighters. The confederate themselves are written to consider that their lives have undergone a massive improvement and resisted the idea of a returning Joker leading them again ( unbeknownst to the henchmen, this interpretation of the Joker is the character from DC Comics ’ mainstream continuity, having crossed over as character of “ Injustice : Gods Among Us ” ’ chief plot. These sorts of exercises are designed to increase sales but have the collateral detriment of sowing utter confusion amongst new readers ). The opinion is shared by Harley Quinn ’ s only substantial supporter, Poison Ivy ( another villain from the continuity of Batman ), who refuses to join any side of the war, but helped Harley Quinn after finding out that Harley has plans to last get rid of The Joker .
In the most late publish ( # 14 ), Harley Quinn gave in and chose to help this new Joker elude captivity. Is the character not in truth in sexual love but alternatively suffering from Stockholm Syndrome ? This is upheld by the way The Joker treats her – more of a pet or a monomania than an actual partner. In fact, the Joker goes out of his way to demean Harley and constantly reminds her that she is worthless without him. There is nothing positive out of this abusive kinship. We hope that future issues allow the Harley Quinn character to redeem herself rather of just preserving the status quo. Given that this is technically an out-of-continuity serial, it shouldn ’ metric ton be excessively disruptive to the brand even if DC Comics truly wants to market the Joker and Harley Quinn as being in an authentic romanticist kinship, or allow Harley Quinn to kill or incapacitate her master .
sol far, “ Injustice : reason Zero ” is a recommend read, even detached from the television game. It does a serviceable speculate of both providing a backstory to the plot, and as a Harley Quinn narrative. As a bonus, it lets you forego years one to five of the “ Injustice : Gods Among Us ” serial and jump straightaway into the approaching 2017 video recording game sequel. Comic books that support video plot sales do not normally exhibit quality in the elements of writing. This championship is an exception .