(CBR) In 2013, the digital-first “Injustice: Gods Amongst Us” was a surprise critical and commercial success for DC Comics, so the announcement that the best-selling prequel to the hit video game would continue in 2014 with “Injustice Year Two” came as little surprise. Nor was it a surprise that the death and destruction delivered by Tom Taylor in the first comic book series will continue in the second.
Of course, though the series’ overall formula remains the same, there are some changes coming in the new year. Taylor told CBR News, for example, that as in the game, Hal Jordan is no longer a Green Lantern, and the comic will feature the fan favorite character’s fall from grace, which is reminiscent of Superman’s trajectory in Year One.
And much like the death of Nightwing divided the now broken Batman from members of his family, the ultimate fate of Green Arrow at Superman’s hand in Year One will resonate loudly with those closest to him as Year Two begins.
“Injustice Year Two” also greatly expands the series’ mythos, both emotionally and geographically, as Black Canary and Harley Quinn find themselves playing major roles in Year Two, along with Sinestro and the Guardians of the Universe. The writer also discussed the superheroics of Alfred Pennyworth and why the death of characters like Dick Grayson and Oliver Queen are painful to both himself and readers, but are also highly plausible events necessary to drive the story’s narrative forward.
CBR News: At the end of “Injustice: Gods Amongst Us,” many of the world’s greatest heroes are battered, bruised or even worse, both physically and emotionally. Does that death and destruction continue in “Injustice Year Two”?
Tom Taylor: One of the major things that happened at the end of Year One was the death of Green Arrow at Superman’s hands. That was huge for a lot of people, and we’re spinning right out of that storyline. Black Canary’s reaction to Ollie’s death is obviously front and center. She’s not going to take that lying down; she is going to be coming for the Man of Steel. Also at the end of Year One, Batman is essentially broken by Superman, so the death of Green Arrow and Batman being broken divides the heroes even further.