Mild Mannered Reviews – Injustice: Year Five – Chapter #23

Injustice: Year Five - Chapter #23

Mild Mannered Reviews – Injustice: Year Five – Chapter #23

Released Digitally: May 24, 2016

“Birthday”

Writer: Brian Buccellato
Penciller: Marco Santucci
Inker: Marco Santucci
Cover: David Yardin

Reviewed by: T.A. Ewart (aka liheibao)

You know it’s bad when you’re apathetic to the death of a major character within the story. Worse when you’re actually pleased that the character is gone. Alfred has gone from being the friend, confidant, and surrogate father of The Batman, to a self-righteous hypocrite. There was a time when Alfred would have provided sound counsel to Batman or anyone else involved in a mess like this. Instead, he’s been used, much as Commissioner Gordon was, as an ineffective counter to rise of Regime Superman, as he gives nothing but platitudes and the obligatory “badass” moments. Sure, he knocked out Regime Superman to save Bruce Wayne’s life, but he never pressed Bruce Wayne his decision making or choices. A discussion with Bruce on why he’s willing to work with criminals and murderers in order to stop Regime, or on the insurmountable nature of his battle against the Justice League never happened. There was never any wisdom from Alfred, and his death, unlike Commissioner Gordon’s, serves no purpose other than to solidify the hold Regime has on Damian, and because he has to die anyway – it’s in the video game.

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