Mild Mannered Reviews – Injustice: Year Five – Chapter #33

Mild Mannered Reviews – Injustice: Year Five – Chapter #33

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Injustice: Year Five – Chapter #33

Released Digitally: August 2, 2016

“The Smoking Gun”

Writer: Brian Buccellato
Penciller: Tom Derenick
Inker: Tom Derenick
Cover: David Yardin

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

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Regime Superman has been poisoned with Kryptonite. Cyborg has been abducted by the Insurgency, in an effort to obtain a smoking gun and expose Regime Superman’s murderous ways.

3Story – 3: Cyborg’s abduction presents an interesting idea, for the extreme meta-heads out there. Is Cyborg being violated, i.e., raped by Batman and company. The data that the Insurgency wants could be obtained by other, and more simpler means. Batgirl’s expertise with accessing data alone would be able to do so. Does the Insurgency have the right to abduct and perform and invasive procedure on an unconscious Cyborg, if only because he’s a member of the Regime? The answer is obviously of course not, and it richly shows how low Batman has fallen, along with the rest of the Insurgency who accompany him on this endeavor. It smacks of Joker and Harley Quinn’s abduction of Lois Lane, performing surgery on her to blow up Metropolis, etc.


Regime Superman’s killing of the fledging uprising against him is conveniently caught on film, with a full malarkey explanation to support it. Forget that it wouldn’t be possible to capture Regime in this act, unless he was purposely being tracked, but it’s all for naught. If you’ve played the video game, or have just followed the basic plots of Injustice, you know that Regime will get away with it, which defeats any potential build-up towards a climatic scene, but it’s also just indolent. Readers have been treated to a lackluster year and Buccellato intends to keep it that way.

3Art – 3: I live in NYC. I’ve been to Times Square several times. It’s easily researched, Googled, etc. While I usually rave about Derenick’s work, pages like this match the equally lazy hand that Buccellato has been laying to the book since Year Three.

4Cover Art – 4: Heavy is the head that wears the crown, and Regime wears that all over. Really nice.

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August 9, 2016 8:41 pm


August 10, 2016 10:29 pm

“Heavy is the head that wears the crown”

Don’t you mean “heavy is the head that has to review this book”? lol

August 15, 2016 10:49 pm

Even the Injustice suit solves the color balance issue better than the Snyder/New 52 suits by having a red trunks stand in that attaches to the pants of his costume…. I’d prefer this if we can’t have the proper red trunks Superman suit.

But other than that, I really dislike the Injustice universe and what it does to Superman and the other characters.