Superman Unchained #2 Review

Superman Unchained #2 Review

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Superman Unchained #2

Written by: Scott Snyder

Art by: Jim Lee

With the recent release of the blockbuster, Man of Steel, Superman seems to be on everyone’s mind lately.  To capitalize on his renewed popularity, I thought this week we would take a look at Scott Snyder and Jim Lee’s newest comic, Superman Unchained.  In this review I will be specifically talking about Superman Unchained Number 2, but wanted to give you a quick recap, just to ensure we are all on the same page.

In our first installment we see our titular hero save astronauts from a space station gone rogue (imagine HAL from 2001 A Space Odyssey).  We are introduced to a new global threat, Ascension; they are like Anonymous but can take control of a Space Station and don’t mind killing people to get their message across.  Superman also confronts an old foe, Lex Luthor, and a new and seemingly extremely powerful villain is teased.

Now on to Unchained Number 2…

Again like in issue one we are thrust into a harrowing situation for Superman.  The Dubai Tower is falling, threatening to kill thousands and an Ascension controlled Mech is closing in.  Superman has seconds (18 exactly) to stop the falling tower, put down the giant robot, and save thousands of people.  In spectacular fashion, he does.  Superman’s first priority is stopping the building from falling.  So in its final seconds, he creates a giant waterspout under the falling building and then uses his ice breath to freeze it.  The mountain of ice he creates supports the structure so it doesn’t crash to the ground.  Kal El then flies like a bat out of hell into the mechanized heart of the hacked robot and tears it apart from the inside out before it can wreak more havoc.3160816-superman+unchained+preview+4

It is scenes like this that Snyder excels at.  He shows how Superman can use all his powers to quickly assess and eliminate the problem.  These sequences are well crafted, well thought out and action packed.  It’s awesome to see Superman break down each decision as the seconds pass.  Lee’s art really shines here as well.  He displays the epicness of what’s happening while also showcasing what’s important, Superman.

Moving on, our story only gets more interesting.  Snyder gives us a taste of Superman and Batman’s odd friendship.  Batman offers advice while testing out anti-Superman technology on him.  While Superman uses Bruce for his detective prowess. The remainder of the book is setting up for what’s to come and it looks promising.  Lee’s character designs are the star in the final pages as his villains take over the page and prepare us for battle.

Snyder and Lee work well together in this action packed story and I can’t wait to see what’s to come.  Snyder really knows how to use Superman and all his abilities and Lee can make it all seem possible.  This book is still a lot of set up like the first but I do like where Snyder is taking us.  The next issue is set up to be action packed and problematic for Superman.

Superman Unchained #2 has a great opening act.  Once again showing Snyder knows Superman and his powers but the rest of the book is more about set up and less about character.  Although in Snyder’s case I’m not too concerned.  He seems to know all the players but is looking to change the game.  Unchained #2 offers us another great Superman moment but is more about what’s next.  Pick it up if you’re a fan but I wouldn’t expect to see anything new or different about Snyder’s Kal El, at least not yet.

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Casey Walsh

At an early age I knew I loved two things more than anything else Comic Books and Video Games and no matter how hard my parents tried they couldn't keep me away from the capes and pixels. Now that I have a wife and child of my own I can't wait to share these vast worlds and experiences with them and hopefully you! With GWW I created and become editor of the comics section, which has now become the websites most popular area and features daily post with unique Comic editorials, reviews and previews. Along with Will Elizondo we started the GWW Capes Crew podcast. A weekly show dedicated to to all things Comics, Superheros and Sequential Art. After a year of creating content for GWW I was made its Editor in Chief. I love everything I do and can't think of a better way to spend my time than to spread every form of geekery to every corner of the globe. Comics will all be my passion though and were my heart lies. Twitter: @gwwcapescrew/@TheComixKid PSN ID: rosettastone24 Console of choice: PS4 or Vita Favorite Genre: Action RPG Comic Book Pull List: Guardians of the Galaxy, Superior Spider-Man, Batman, Black Science, The Star Wars and Superman Unchained, Amazing Spider-Man, Justice League. Anything by Rick Remender, Dan Slott, or Donny Cates Favorite Comics: The Dark Knight Returns, Blackest Night, Old Man Logan, BuzzKill, Infinity Gauntlet, Winter Solider, Fables Also Collects: Marvel and DC Minimates and action figures galore. Career Systems: Atari 2600, NES, Gameboy, Game Gear, Genesis, SNES, Dreamcast, PS1, Xbox, PS2, Xbox 360, PS3, Vita, PS4

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3 Comments
    • Clark Kent II
    • On: July 11, 2013

    Love this series so far.

      • Casey
      • On: July 11, 2013

      I feel the same way. Would love to see more connection to the current DCU. I am a continuity fiend.

      Please provide me with an email or twitter account so I can send you your free digital comic. Thanks for commenting

    • Clark Kent II
    • On: July 11, 2013

    Jim Lee and Scott Snyder have been two of the best in comics for a while now. I wish this had continuity with the rest of the DCUO though.

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