This issue of Injustice is more reminiscent of the video game source material than any before it, as it revolves largely around two characters locked in single combat and fighting to the death. If that’s all issue #5 had to offer, it wouldn’t be a very memorable read. Luckily, Brian Buccellato keeps the focus on characterization over spectacle, thereby maintaining the fundamental appeal this comic has boasted from the beginning.
The two characters in question are Superman and Wonder Woman, with the two having been tricked into a duel by Batman. This is one of those cases where knowledge of the game’s storyline drains this battle of any real drama. But that’s not the point. The two chapters collected in this issue use that duel as a backdrop as Buccellato fleshes out several characters. In the first chapter, Hal Jordan reflects on the nature of fear and willpower, and why the lack of the former in Superman is a troubling thought.