Superman Blames Batman for Everything in Injustice 2 Prequel Comic

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Writer Tom Taylor is back for the Injustice 2 comic book series, which tells the story in between the first game and leads into the sequel. The comic is a digital-first series that releases weekly chapters online every Tuesday (starting April 11) and will be released in print each month (starting on May 1 for the first issue).

The story of the first game, Injustice: Gods Among Us, showed an alternate world ruled by a tyrant Superman driven to the dark side by the grief of losing his wife Lois and their unborn child, all thanks to an attack by the Joker. The comic explored the five years between when this tragic incident happened and when Superman took rule over the world. It showed how Batman tried to stop him, with each side enlisting the help of various heroes and villains, and the many twists, turns, and deaths along the way.

All of that led into the actual game, and the currently running Injustice: Ground Zero comic (by Chris Sebela, Tom Derenick and Pop Mhan) tells the definitive story of what happened over the course of the game, which ends with characters from the main DC Universe crossing over into the Injustice universe to help take down evil Superman once and for all.

That is, until the events of Injustice 2, which will see bad Supes re-enter the fray alongside a host of new characters like Gorilla Grodd and his Society of villains, the Suicide Squad, and Brainiac. The Injustice 2 comic fills in the five-year gap between the games, picking up with Batman talking to an imprisoned Superman just after his defeat.

We have your first look inside Chapter 1, which you can check out by clicking through the slideshow below.

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Superman Blames Batman for Everything in Injustice 2 Prequel Comic
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We also asked Tom Taylor six questions we had about the upcoming comic for Injustice 2.

Warning: there are no huge spoilers, but if you don’t want to know anything, then best steer clear!

IGN Comics: The first chapter sees Superman blaming Batman, maintaining that he was right to do what he did, for the most part. How would you describe Superman’s mindset going into Injustice 2? What’s their relationship like in Injustice 2 as compared to the first?

Tom Taylor: In the original Injustice, certainly in the early days, I think both friends thought there was a possibility they could save the other. Superman lived in hope that Batman would join his side and, in his mind, help him to make the world a better place. Batman hoped his great friend would see the error of his ways and, you know, stop being a murdering tyrant.

We’re past that now. There’s nothing fine about The World’s Finest. Both men have suffered and lost a lot. And both blame the other for a lot of what has happened.

IGN: Fans fell in love with your take on Harley Quinn, and it looks like she’s down to partner with Batman, so what can you tease about her role going forward? She was already immensely popular before the Suicide Squad movie, but has her increased visibility to general audiences changed anything for her since you wrote her in Injustice: Gods Among Us?

Taylor: Her increased visibility hasn’t changed anything for me. I’d be writing Harley as much as I could no matter who had heard of her. But I’m definitely glad more people are now aware of just how awesome she is. Injustice is a book full of shades of grey. No one is completely right. No one is completely wrong. Everyone is acting, in some degree, in a way they believe is right and they all have genuine grievances. Because Injustice is such an epic, it’s also a book where characters can truly grow and change. There is room for redemption. Harley is a character who embodies that.

IGN: The Suicide Squad looks to be playing a big part in your story, and you have quite a peculiar lineup (and that’s saying a lot given that SS is known for having weird rosters). How did you land on those more off-kilter members?

Taylor: With all the problems in the Injustice universe, we wanted a bigger Suicide Squad than we’ve seen before to deal with it all. But this IS Injustice, so I’m not guaranteeing the lineup stays the same. Some of the Suicide Squad members might not be around a long time. There is something coming for the Suicide Squad that changes everything. As I’ve said many times while writing this book, don’t get too attached to any characters.

IGN: With both DC and NetherRealm working on Injustice 2 together, does that change your writing process at all? Were there any particular characters they wanted emphasized for the sequel?

Taylor: There are, as with the first Injustice, certain characters in the game who will get more of the spotlight. There are events in the game which we will be seeding and foreshadowing. Some moments are only talked about in the game, so we have the opportunity to tell those stories. However, I can happily say, just like the last series, Injustice remains the place where I have the most creative freedom of any licensed series I’ve ever worked on. Jim Chadwick and Rob Levin at DC and everyone at NetherRealm trust me and offer me a lot of support. It means I get to unleash some of the greatest characters in the world.

IGN: Supergirl appears prominently in the marketing for the new game and the story teaser trailers. How big will her role be in your story? We’ve seen many renditions of Supergirl over the years, what will yours be like in terms of how long she’s been on Earth, her supporting cast of characters, etc.?

Taylor: Supergirl actually comes to Earth in the midst of our first arc. How she comes to Earth, and where she lands, is a big part of her story. This isn’t a Kara who gets to live with The Danvers. Her supporting cast of characters are important, and unexpected. The alliances she forms have a huge bearing on the story.

IGN: What’s it like working with artist Bruno Redondo again? How has he upped his game for Injustice 2?

Taylor: Bruno is a good friend and, artistically, to put it nicely, he’s a freak. He’s always been a great collaborator. From the work we did on Star Wars together to now, his work has only strengthened. The way his characters act on the page is everything a writer could want. I’m overjoyed to be working with him again, and happy he signed an exclusive to work on Injustice full-time. Daniel Sampere and Mike S. Miller are also crushing it, along with inker/finisher, Juan Albarran, colorist, Rex Lokus, and one of my favorite letterers, Wes Abbott.

Joshua is IGN’s Comics Editor. If Pokemon, Green Lantern, or Game of Thrones are frequently used words in your vocabulary, you’ll want to follow him on Twitter @JoshuaYehl and IGN.

Overwatch’s Omnic Uprising Skins Seem to Have Leaked

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King’s robes?

In what’s become something of a tradition at this point, some upcoming Overwatch content appears to have leaked – in this case, upcoming event skins.

Posted by Imgur user raulrsd, off-screen images of the Xbox One dashboard appear to show Tracer, Reinhardt, Mercy and Torbjorn in new get-ups:

Overwatch's Omnic Uprising Skins Seem to Have Leaked

If the images are genuine, it would match up with the recent Overwatch “Uprising” comic, which ends with the same four characters in the same four costumes (image below), on their way to tackle a robotic crisis in London.

The comic is almost certainly a precursor to the King’s Row Uprising in-game event scheduled to drop tomorrow, April 11. Blizzard’s Jeff Kaplan has inferred that, whatever this turns out to be, it will take place within the game’s backstory, rather than reflect a real-life holiday event.

Overwatch's Omnic Uprising Skins Seem to Have Leaked

Matching costumes from the “Uprising” comic.

These likely won’t be the only skins available – Kaplan has previously promised that Widowmaker will receive her first legendary-level skin since release at some point soon. This seems the time.

One thing we definitely won’t see tomorrow is the abandoned “cat in a jetpack” hero the Overwatch designers once considered. Shame.

Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK News Editor, and he can’t wait to force his screaming friends to play Torbjorn in the inevitable PvE mode we get. Follow him on Twitter.

Top 10 UK Sales Chart: Persona 5 Is Series' Biggest Launch Ever

Persona 5 has finished top of the UK physical games chart in its first week on sale, as Mass Effect: Andromeda tumbles from No.1 to No.5 in the week ending April 8. Altus’s title is the first JRPG to top the UK chart since 2013’s PlayStation 3 exclusive Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, and it’s the biggest Persona launch ever in the UK.

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands maintains its position at No.2, as does Lego Worlds at No.3. Grand Theft Auto V continues to chart well at No.4.

Another Lego title, Lego City Undercover, re-enters the chart this week at No.8 following its release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. The open-world game originally released for Wii U in 2013.

The rest of the chart is made up of many familiar faces; check out the full list below courtesy of sales monitor Chart-Track. Note this table does not include digital sales data, and so should not be considered representative of all UK game sales.

Person 5 has now shipped over 1.5 million copies worldwide. Its success follows an excellent critical reception, in which GameSpot awarded it 9/10.

“Persona 5 is a game that shouldn’t be missed,” said our reviewer, Lucy James. “It’s stuffed to bursting point with gameplay ideas and presentation flourishes–there’s an overwhelming level of artistry in every part of Persona 5, making it a truly standout entry in the series. It’s a refined, effortlessly stylish RPG that will be talked about for years to come.”

Read more in our full Persona 5 review.

Mass Effect: Andromeda, meanwhile, recently got a patch promising to fix many of the game’s flaws. Check out what the sci-fi game’s facial animations look like now it’s been updated.

  1. Persona 5
  2. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  3. Lego Worlds
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  6. FIFA 17
  7. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  8. Lego City Undercover
  9. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  10. Overwatch
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    Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Could Be 10 Hours Long

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    Long Lost Legacy.

    It sounds as though Naughty Dog isn’t skimping on upcoming standalone story DLC, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, with original pitches for the expansion coming in at around 10 hours long.

    Speaking to IBTimes, Naughty Dog director of communications Arne Mayer explained that the studio had been asked whether it would make a single-player expansion for Uncharted before, but always declined because the impulse to make a full-length game would be too strong:

    “There’s no way we could, sort of, constrict and restrain ourselves,” said Mayer, “and that’s exactly what was happening here. When we were doing story pitches, we were coming up with a game that would be over ten hours long and so we suddenly realised everything we said was true and we couldn’t keep it short.”

    It may well be that the expansion has since been cut down from those story pitches, but it seems more than likely that The Lost Legacy will be more substantial than Naughty Dog’s last story expansion – The Last of Us: Left Behind – which came in at around 2-3 hours.

    The Lost Legacy will centre on Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross – both bit-part characters from the series – searching for the Tusk of Ganesh in India. It also won’t feature Nathan Drake in any capacity.

    The expansion doesn’t have a release date at time of writing, but it’s expected to drop this year.

    Joe Skrebels is IGN’s UK News Editor, and he wants to be the motion capture artist for Uncharted’s Jeeps. Follow him on Twitter.

    Injustice 2: New Video For The Flash Coming Soon

    NetherRealm will release a new Injustice 2 video this week that will provide an “inside look” at The Flash’s moves, the developer has announced.

    The video will be released on April 10. Ahead of that, NetherRealm released the teaser video below that provides a glimpse of The Flash; take a look:

    #TheFlash wins! Tomorrow, 4/10, get an inside look at The Flash’s moves in an all new video! #injustice2 pic.twitter.com/7iRrh4tshN

    — Injustice2 (@InjusticeGame) April 9, 2017

    In other news about Injustice 2, NetheRealm released the fourth chapter in the game’s Shattered Alliances series last week–watch it here.

    We also recently got a look at Catwoman, Black Adam, Cheetah in the game, and learned about how Injustice 2’s microtransactions will work. Injustice 2 launches for Xbox One and PS4 on May 16. You can see a roundup of all the confirmed characters so far here.

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