TNTM The Show Trade of The Week: INJUSTICE GODS AMONG US: YEAR ONE THE COMPLETE COLLECTION
Jheremy Raapack Mike S. Miller Bruno Redondo Axel Jimenez David Yardin Tom Derenick Marc Deering Diana Egea Kevin Maguire Neil Googe Xermanico Jonas Trindade
Andrew Elder Alejandro Sanchez David Yardin Ikari Studio David Lopez & Santi Casas of Ikari Studio Rosemary Cheetham
If you don't know this series is a prequel to the video game in which Superman leads a totalitarian regime that polices over the world in order to keep it safe and Batman heads the resistance. This book is how it began. Originally it started off as a digital release so even in one chapter you'll see two different artists and colorists. Considering there's 13 chapters that adds up to a lot of names on this book in regards to the art. Fortunately there's only one writer, Tom Taylor, so at least that's consistent. I only had minor issues with the writing but the art is another story. Speaking of story let's get into it.
If you check the credits there are twelve artists and six colorists on this book. As I said this was released digitally first so that's partially why. I believe these series came out every week or two weeks at first. That's a very difficult time schedule to keep up with for any creator much less art. That being said I can understand that the inconsistencies of the art are part of the nature of the beast. Despite that some of the artists themselves are inconsistent from panel to panel. Some look exponentially better than others and a few just aren't very good at all. For the most part this is a pretty colorful book. As dark as the tone of the writing and story are the color scheme is a little too bright. It does get dark at times and especially towards the end which is when it feels right but usually it seems off. Inconsistencies in the art don't kill the book but they definitely weaken it.
What it comes down to is this is a superb story. It's without a doubt the writing is the star of the show here. Knowing that this was a digital release first it was a give in that the art wasn't going to be consistent but for anyone else that doesn't know that that's not an excuse. Knowing is half the battle but with this book there's even inconsistencies with certain artists and colors. This doesn't ruin the book but it lessens the overall quality and therefore impact of important moments. I can't give this graphic novel the highest grade but I can easily say it's a BUY!!