There seems to be a trend right now of superheroes and villains going up against one another, whether that’s on the big screen in movie theaters across the globe or in the world of video games. NetherRealm Studios were quick to jump on that trend in 2013, when they brought a whole slew of DC characters together for their critically-acclaimed title Injustice: Gods Among Us; pitting big name comic book characters against one another and blurring the lines of ‘good guys’ and ‘baddies’ more than ever before.
Now the follow-up to that game is on the way courtesy of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in the form of Injustice 2, which promises to go above and beyond everything that has come before it if the brand new story trailer for the game is to be believed. The game isn’t the only thing to look forward to however, with details not only on the beta but a connected comic book project now revealed.
DC Entertainment have this weekend confirmed that critically-acclaimed artist Bruno Redondo will be spearheading the digital first prequel comic book series Injustice 2, inspired by the upcoming video game of the same name. He joins series writer Tom Taylor as the book’s lead artist, with the two having worked together previously on 2013 comic series Injustice: Gods Among Us. The pair will be joined by artists including Juan Albarran, Daniel Sempere, Mike Miller and more still to be announced. Redondo and Taylor commented:
Redondo: “Returning to Injustice and working with Tom again feels like a homecoming. Much of the work I’m most proud of is what Tom and I did during the first comic and it feels great to come back. Tom is one of my favorite writers and one that I enjoy working with the most. We have a similar understanding of the characters, the drama and the humor, which I think helped make the first series so successful. Working in the Injustice universe allows us to do so many things we’re unable to do in any other comic and I can’t wait for fans to see what we have in store for Injustice 2.”
Taylor: “I am so excited to continue working with Bruno Redondo. He’s a good friend and an incredible talent. I think Bruno ‘gets’ me as well as any artist ever has. We compliment each other well, and Bruno lifts Injustice up with every stroke of his pen. As a former theatre director and performer, my main focus is always on how well our characters ‘act’ on the page. Bruno brings so much emotion to the page, nailing the low points and the high. His characters breathe, and he’s just as comfortable delivering big action and shocks as he is with my ridiculous humor.”
What will be interesting to see is just how the new comic book series bridges the gap between the first video game and the one coming up in May of this year. Taylor says that the goal is to tell "one complete story" between the Injustice video games and comic books, charting the course of how Batman and the other greatest superheroes of the DC Universe (including, Kal-El's cousin Kara aka. Supergirl) go about "cleaning up the mess an evil Superman and his regime left behind.”
Following the Injustice comic book’s digital launch, DC will also be offering the Injustice 2 comic as a twice-monthly print periodical beginning in May. Those who are excited about coming to grips with Injustice 2 can get a head start now by registering for the game’s beta. You can apply online for the relevant code on either Xbox One or PlayStation 4 ahead of Injustice 2's official release, by heading over to https://beta.injustice.com/.
Injustice 2 arrives on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16th, 2017.