Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five #13 Review


Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five #13 has the same writer as the previous issue, but with different artists. In #13, Brian Buccellato pens and highlights the inner demons of one of the younger members of Superman’s Regime — Damian Wayne.

Mike S. Miller (Batman Beyond, Excalibur, Essential X-Men) is the illustrator for this issue and he does not disappoint. His iconic art is noted immediately and the flawless way he draws older Damian is simply remarkable.

So far, Buccellato has really impressed fans with his literary skills, and this issue is no different. Altogether, Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five #13 may seem like a filler installment of sorts, but it’s still an essential read and integral to the overall story.

The issue begins in the Batcave with Damian Wayne — one of Batman’s former Robins and Bruce Wayne’s biological son. Damian stumbles upon Alfred, who is dusting off the legendary dinosaur which has become a mainstay in the Batcave.

The former Bat-Team members have a dialogue about Superman’s Regime and Batman’s Resistance. Both parties make excellent points in favor for their respective teams. Alfred leaves Damian with something to ponder on — his role in the Regime moving forward.

Meanwhile, Catwoman (Selina Kyle) and Harley Quinn break into a jewelery store. Here, Buccellato showcases a hilarious contrast between the two anti-heroes.

But like most villains or grey-area figures in comics, they will eventually cross paths with the hero. This time, the hero happens to be Damian, who’s still processing what Alfred said to him earlier.

Damian takes out Harley Quinn easily, but Catwoman gives the former League of Assassins heir a tough fight in more ways than one. Damian, in a futile effort, appeals to Catwoman’s lust for power as a means to recruit her to the Regime. Like Alfred, Catwoman leaves Damian with some parting words of wisdom that have him questioning his place in the Regime. But unlike Alfred, she leaves him hurting physically.

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five has sent readers on an endless emotional roller coaster. Though this issue did not feature Superman or Batman, the focus on Damian still felt important to the overall story arc.