Minions are a billion-dollar business. Supporting characters in the first Despicable Me movie, the yellow sidekicks somewhat stole the show, their role expanding in its hugely successful sequel. And with Minion popularity continuing to grow, they’ve now been given their own standalone movie; a spin-off that acts as both prequel and origin story.
So the film takes us back to the dawn of time, when the Minions developed from tiny, single-celled organisms into diminutive, banana-loving, nonsense-spouting henchmen whose only goal is to serve the most despicable master they can find.
Via Geoffrey Rush voiceover and a bunch of hilarious visual gags, we therefore witness them evolve through the ages, the Minions locating and serving villains during the Jurassic era, the Stone Age, in Ancient Egypt and through the Dark Ages. But finding a boss is easy, it’s keeping said boss that’s hard, so-much-so that when a series of baddies die in unfortunate circumstances, they retreat to Antarctica to experiment with a master-free existence.
The latest volume of Injustice has suffered from an annoying lack of focus as writer Brian Buccellato has juggled the ongoing conflict with the Greek gods alongside various other storylines. This fourth issue puts the book back on track to an extent, as the impending war between Superman’s empire and the gods renders all other matters null and void for the time being.
That renewed focus comes despite the fact that both chapters spend a significant amount of time in the past. Buccellato delves deeper into the origins of the Batman/Ares alliance and what motivates the gods to venture down from Mount Olympus in the first place. None of the revelations are necessarily surprising, but they make logical sense in the context of Superman’s increasingly firm grasp on global power. Meanwhile, Buccellato writes some great material involving Lex Luthor, taking advantage of the fact that Injustice’s Luthor is a far more noble and well-meaning character than his traditional self. At this point, Luthor may well be the most sympathetic character in the book.