Written by Scott Snyder
Pencils by Jim Lee
Inks by Scott Williams
Colors by Alex Sinclair
Published by DC Comics
Full disclosure, I’ve never been a huge fan of Superman. He has always seemed one dimensional to me as far as a hero goes. He’s the All-American who can’t be hurt unless you happen to have a leftover piece of his home world, rather boring. However when Superman Unchained was announced I had to check it out for one reason and one reason only, Scott Snyder, the guy in my opinion could do no wrong until Batman #19. Suffice it to say, I’m glad I chose to check it out.
Superman Unchained on the surface is another Superman book like any other. Superman saves the day; Clark interacts with his surrounding cast and so forth. Read on and you’ll find that this Superman book offers more, a mystery villain who may not be a villain and an arm of the American military that is actually against Superman. This book had quite a different feel to it than most. The cliffhanger at the end totally sucked me in. Who is this bad guy, why is the military working against Superman? Questions that will no doubt be answered, but are intriguing enough to give the next issue a shot. I also loved how the beginning of the book comes around full circle to the end, another show of great writing.
Jim Lee does the deed here as far the art is concerned. Open up its pages and you will be treated to one beautiful book. There are panels upon panels of great work bolstered even more so by Sinclair’s colors. I think the color palette is an interesting choice here. Some of the panels are a bit muddied showing an edge of darkness that I am not used to when reading Superman. All was not perfect though as there are times when Lee’s facial expressions fall a bit short, but stuff like that is easily forgiven when you turn the page to see an upside down conversation with Luthor or a harrowing space station rescue.
Overall this was a great book and a great showing for the Man in Blue. The story Snyder lays out shows great promise going forward and the epilogue helped to draw me in even more. If you are like me and never really thought of giving a Superman a try than this is the book for you. If you love Superman and buy everything with his image on the cover than this is still the book for you.
4 out 5 nerds
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