Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Comic Review: Superman Unchained #1


With Man of Steel splitting audiences and critics I thought I would return to the comics and found this-a Superman without the angst and massive property damage. 

After a brief prologue set in 1945, Superman is busy tying to prevent a number of objects falling from space causing massive destruction. After saving the day and some brief encounters with Lex Luthor and Jimmy Olsen, Kal becomes concerned when an eighth object didn't fall where it was supposed to.  While investigating he gets attacked by missiles. Unknown to him its just the start of a bigger tale and a secret kept in the dark for decades.

If the plot description sounds vague well I don't want to spoil it. For those turned off by Zack Snyder's film this is the Superman you'll want. Writer Scott Snyder  and artist Jim Lee have crafted a cool comic book that brings Superman up to date but keeps him grounded in what made the character an icon. From his opening rescues to his confrontation with Luthor to Clark and Lois engaged in their usual back and forth this is a fun comic, something that went missing for quite a bit in Man of Steel and I appreciate the need for a fun and dynamic story.

Is there any problems? Well jumping in after the whole "52" reboots might cause some confusion for those who haven't kept up but otherwise it manages to entertain. Even without the red underpants.

So if you are disappointed with the film pick this up and you'll remember why Superman is a great character. Until next time have fun.

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