Superman Unchained

Superman Unchained

Book - 2016
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"From the skies above Metropolis to the four corners of the globe to the star-streaked spaceways beyond, one man is synonymous with the word "hero." Since his arrival marked the dawn of the superhero age, Superman has waged a never-ending battle for truth and justice, no matter when or where. But before the dawn came the darkness. When another with incredible power, far more than that of mortal man, fell to the Earth. One who could spell the end for the Man of Steel"--p. [4] of cover.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : DC Comics, [2016]
ISBN: 9781401250935
Branch Call Number: GRAPHIC NOVEL (PAPER) (TEEN) Snyder, Scott
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm


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Mar 30, 2018

Scott Snyder is a brilliant writer. He's had an excellent run on Batman, and his American Vampire series, which seems forgotten now but is responsible for the attention that likely got him on Batman in the first place, shows in this book. And while Jim Lee is not as great as he once was, circa his X-Men run with Claremont or the creation of the WildC.A.T.S, his work is still to a standard that many artists today at the top of their game cannot hope to reach. Dustin Nguyen's art is good.

All this said, the series is brilliant. While it deals with the New 52 Superman and Lois, not the present day Rebirthed version that they melded with and Jon is not a part of this story, nor is that dynamic present it is still an excellent Superman story to read. Snyder shows us his relationship with Batman not as that cliched, "I'm better than you, Supes," or who's got the bigger -ahem- superpower antagonistic relationship so popular with lesser writers but instead here we get a Batman and Superman who are equals and friends. Superman isn't portrayed as a naive boyscout but rather simply as someone who sees the world differently than Batman and it works in the story's finale when you see Superman's selflessness in play and how his actions and his behavior inspires the actions of others.

All that said, it's nice to see a villainous Lex Luthor who is as cunning and genuinely a genius as he is self-involved and as always using Superman as a scapegoat for his moral failings. And especially nice is seeing something other than Kryptonite that can bring the Man of Steel down. As I said before, Scott Snyder is a genius at the top of his game and it is easy to see here in his portrayal of Superman, which is not ordinary. One hopes Brian Bendis can do half as well when his run begins. But no matter the continuity, whether you're beholden to it or not, this story reads as an excellent standalone Superman story. If I had one complaint it's that I wish it were 12 issues instead of 9 and that it would have featured more Jimmy Olsen. Seriously, not much to complain about here. A top writer, and a top artist delivering an excellent story for fans of a good superhero yarn.

May 08, 2016

Excellent Superman story. It's fun, features cameos by Batman and WW, and involves the ethical dilemmas that make Supes a compelling character. Plus the art is incredible.

Aug 23, 2015

I'm tempted to start a Chain Letter encouraging library users to check out this compilation (Deluxe edition or not) as it represents a pretty effective coming together of Messers Snyder, Lee and Nguyen.

I won't give away too many plot points, but in a nutshell Superman is presented as a superhero with doubts and insecurities, a man who is (in the view of Luthor, anyway) clearly just making it up as he goes along, which means he doesn't actually stand for anything (which I felt was a pretty sly way by the writer to acknowledge the torturous task of reconciling an iconic character with 75+ years of writers and storylines).

Also, due to the enormity of some of the threats he faces, we get to see Kal-El go all-out in terms of using his powers and some choice gadgets from the Fortress of Solitude.

There are some tasty cameos as well, and, Snyder being Snyder, Batman steals one of the coolest sequences with his ludicrous "stealth suit" and a very creative use of iconic Batcave artifacts and gadgets.

On the whole, definitely worth letting this one off the chain!

May 25, 2015

A miniseries that was supposed to be an ongoing series but quickly got reverted to the mini status instead. Snyder is somewhat hampered by the fact that his main character is inherently dull to begin with. The story pits the Boy Scout against a hidden being of great power and brings in other players along the way.

ma1co1m May 17, 2015

Considering the fantastic stories he's been writing on Batman, it's hard to believe this could be written by Scott Snyder. Straight up lousy.

DC387 Feb 06, 2015

Outstanding Artwork by Jim Lee & Dustin Nguyen. An Incredible Storyline by Scott Snyder.


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