At last year's New York Comic Con, DC Comics announced that Scott Snyder and Jim Lee were taking on a new Superman book, Superman Unchained, to coincide with Man of Steel's theatrical release. With Grant Morrison's departure from Action Comics it immediately became the prime Superman book to read. And with such a stellar creative force, it was silly not to expect anything but greatness. Yes, Unchained is a fun book but it's hardly the force we all wanted. Spoiler-free review ahead.
Still, Unchained does have its merits. The story still has the familiar Snyder-style sense of mystery that we've grown to love in Batman and American Vampire. The issue does leave you wanting more once its over. The back-up story by Snyder (with art by Dustin Nguyen) was also a nice welcome addition. Also, Snyder's characterizations of Superman's supporting cast are spot-on. I enjoyed the panels starring Lois, Jimmy, and of course Lex Luthor. And as usual, the art of Jim Lee/Scott Williams/Alex Sinclair is as epic as ever. Superman's New 52 suit was designed by Jim Lee and rightfully so I don't think any other artist draws it as well as him. Lastly, the highly anticipated four page fold-out, double-sided spread is breathtakingly gorgeous. Its the first of its kind in comics and I'm considering buying another copy so I can hang it on my wall! If you buy this issue in digital, YOU ARE MISSING OUT.
FINAL VERDICT: C+