Tensions are running high in DC's highly acclaimed video-game-turned-breakout-comic Injustice: Gods Among Us. As Superman finds himself being stretched thin, his own council is starting to doubt him. And with the resistance slowly gaining more power, it seems like Superman's oppressive regime is beginning to crumble.
To revisit the six most WTF moments from Injustice : Gods Among Us and gain a general sense of the story, refer to my earlier article; otherwise, let's move on with the beginning of the fall of Superman's regime.
A New Challenger Appears
The real reason Superman's regime is about to take a dive is because of this cliffhanger in Chapter 3 of Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five:
Bizarro wakes up in a daze. The malformed clone of Superman goes on to find a tailor and convinces him to make a suit similar to Superman's. However, Bizarro sees an explosion on the news and subsequently flies into the fray, believing himself to be Superman, the hero who will save the day. Unbeknownst to the Rogues (a team comprised of the Flash's villain gallery) while they were running a diversion strategy for Batman as a part of the resistance movement, Bizarro arrives and...
The Trickster, arriving late to the diversionary plan, manages to convince Bizarro to leave the scene, saying the two have been friends for a long time. None the wiser, Bizarro flies Trickster away from the scene.
An Unexpected Variable
Moments after the two leave, Superman happens upon the carnage and calls upon his team — and all of his resources — to track down Bizarro and bring him to justice for sullying the Man of Steel's reputation. And with this, we are brought to the current situation at hand: While flying, Bizarro accidentally drops Trickster, the one person that he has considered to be his friend since waking in a daze, causing his death.
Another run-in with Bizarro proves to the Man of Steel that Bizarro is a clone, and one that could prove problematic, with strength almost rivaling his own.
And this brings us to Home-Roost, the latest chapter of Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five. In the previous chapter, Cyborg had called on Lex Luthor to investigate the issue of Bizarro, as the Man of Steel's regime was still searching for the imposter. Luthor agreed to keep an eye out for Bizarro, though he rebutted that the regime already gained full access to all of LexCorp's satellites. Knowing full well the creeping suspicion of the regime on his actions, Luthor begins mulling over his next course of action as the double agent working for the resistance, by supplying them information about the regime.
All of a sudden, a flustered and angry Bizarro instinctively crashes into Luthor's laboratory.
With nowhere else he can go, the clone instinctively flies to his birth home and to his creator Lex Luthor. Bizarro pleads with Luthor to heal Trickster, claiming that Luthor created him so that he could fix Trickster as well.
But Luthor, knowing of the scrutiny placed on him minutes after a conversation with the regime, feigns ignorance. He claims that Bizarro comes from another planet, like Superman, and was found encased in ice.
From here on out, Luthor gains the trust of Bizarro and asks him to come to the back of the lab for a few "tests," and promises to try to revive Trickster.
But because Luthor is helping the resistance and now that he's gained Bizarro's trust, it's only a matter of time before the resistance has its own Superman with which to battle the regime.
Equipped with a heavy hitter in Luthor, Batman and the resistance might be able to move forward with its plan of bringing down the dictator known as Superman and removing the chokehold that he has on the world. Bizarro could prove to be a huge asset to the resistance, given how he's gone toe to toe with Superman and that he seems to possess an admirable, albeit misguided sense of morality. What this means is that Bizarro will prove instrumental in the final endgame plan to finish Superman — and with Luthor handling the clone, Batman might finally have the bullet he needs to take down the Man of Steel, once and for all.
Only time will tell, but until then enjoy the latest chapter of Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five, and tell me what you think about it in the comments below. Thank you for reading!