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April 23, 2014 / Jett

Superman Unchained #1 Review

The Man of Steel has never been a character that’s done much for me. As an outsider looking in, he always seemed too perfect. Too powerful. But maybe I haven’t given him a fair shake, since I’ve never really done much to back that notion up.

If there were any time to give Superman a chance, now’s a good time to do so. I thought New 52 Superman #1 and Action Comics #1 were good. More recently, I’ve heard great things about Superman Unchained. Written by Scott Snyder of Batman fame and drawn by the legendary Jim Lee, this has to be a winner, right?

Things start out hot for Superman here, as a number of space stations have been thrown out of orbit and are hurtling towards Earth. This scenario lends itself for some awesome art from Jim Lee. Most notable is the foldout poster that actually acts pages of the book. It’s a cool addition and it’s crazy to see how much detail Jim puts into his work, but it’s attached in a way that obstructs some of the text unless you peel the poster away from its cardboard insert.

This ultimately leads Clark to question who could cause a catastrophe of this scale, which leads to the introduction of a new villain. On one hand, he sure looks like he’s capable of doing serious damage, but at the outset, he doesn’t appear to be that much different than what Superman would normally face.

Superman Unchained #1 is solid, though maybe not for me. I really dug the action sequence to set things off, but I don’t think it was enough to keep me coming back for more. It’s certainly not bad, but just not enough for me as a non-Superman fan to appreciate or get invested in.

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