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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Superman Unchained #2

July 12th, 2013 by Sarah Barclay Comments

Written by Scott Snyder

Art by Jim Lee

Inks by Scott Williams

Colors: Alex Sinclair

Epilogue by Dustin Nyugen

Published by DC Comics

The newest Superman series continues its debut arc as the Kryptonian tries to deal with attacks by the cyber terrorist group Ascension and figure out who is dropping and moving the satellites. But of course, things are always a bit easier with a little help from your friends, especially if your besties are Bruce Wayne and Lois Lane.

As someone who doesn’t read all that many Man of Steel related titles, I forgot how intelligent Clark Kent is. But its kind of common knowledge isn’t it given that he’s a bon a fide journalist. The scene in Dubai, with Clark interspersing his countdown throughout his train of thought, was really fun to read. That and everything involving Bruce reminded me that Scott Snyder has a really tight hold on these characters and who they are, both in costume and out. With something as classic as the friendship between Clark and Bruce, you have to be sure you do it right. Snyder, no surprise to this reader, hits it out of the park, especially with that short epilogue about Bruce’s weapons against the alien.

My only hesitation right now is just I’m not entirely sure where Luthor and General Lane’s own ‘superman’ fit together, or if they do at all. But I’m sure that’s for a later date.

Jim Lee is one of the best in the business for a reason. I loved the armor-look of Superman’s costume, and even how it comes to right before he flies off to find General Lane in Utah. And as petty as it probably is, my favorite panel has to be of Clark getting tended to by Alfred right before he takes off to the skies. But I think Lee really shines in the landscape panels, with a favorite of mine being the tower lying safely on the stream of frozen water after Superman’s improvised plan.

No matter how you look at it, this title is fun. It has mystery, action, and smarts. Everything a fantastic series needs. I can’t wait to see where it goes from here.

4.5 out of 5 nerds


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Self proclaimed as hilarious, Sarah is a strange mixture of weird human and sports fan. Hailing from Pittsburgh, PA (but currently studying photography in Ohio) she spends most of her time running into tables and tripping over herself while waiting for a TARDIS to show up in the courtyard. If not in a tree or receiving medical attention, she can be found on the tweeter-box (@alfredthebatcat) ranting about ice hockey, baseball or her undying love of Dick Grayson.