Comic Vine Review


Superman Unchained #1 - The Leap


Scott Snyder and Jim Lee team up to deliver a new Superman series that will bring a smile to your face.

The Good

We've been waiting some time now for this series to debut. We've been wondering how it will begin and what Scott Snyder and Jim Lee will give us. It's safe to say this comic doesn't start out the way you would think it would. Snyder has mentioned in interviews that he is bringing in a new character and the big questions are how will this character fit in and what will they mean for Superman?

The opening pages immediately show us that Snyder and Lee aren't going for a typical Superman story. The scenario brings about a great sense of mystery and you'll find yourself closely looking over every last detail on each page to try to get an idea what this could all mean. It's a secret from the past - from a time before Superman even arrived on Earth. It could be something he's not prepared to deal with.

Jim Lee's action explodes off the page. He delivers a great variety in tone and feel, based on the different aspects of Snyder's script. You might have seen the released images of the giant fold out pages. It's a great way to really give perspective to the situation. Some might say Superman is overpowered but seeing him out in space shows there are some things bigger than even Superman.

In this scene and in Superman's return to Earth, Snyder provides some narration through Superman's thoughts. This is always a tricky move as trying to capture Superman, or any characters,' inner thoughts has to be done carefully. The way a person thinks to themselves isn't always indicative of the way they speak aloud. How many Superman-action scenes have we read? 'Seeing' how Superman feels and the description of everything as he returns to Earth is something I never really thought of. Too often we just take Superman for granted. He has amazing powers and can pretty much always save the day and come out on top. By giving him an inner voice, Snyder makes Superman a little more human. This is something many writers have struggled with in the past.

It's not just Superman that Snyder gets to write here. We also see glimpses of Lex, Jimmy, Lois and even Perry White. Snyder makes all the interactions and conversations feel natural. It's like we're taking a peak into a private world and you'll immediately get the itch to want to explore more.

I can never get enough Jim Lee art. I've already touched on the massive action scenes. Lee also does an amazing job with Clark sitting in front of a computer or Lois holding a cup of coffee while on the phone. I'm not sure if I admired the big massive space scene more or the way Lois' hand looked as she held the coffee. Lee's attention to detail in even Jimmy's camera or a simple bagel is breathtaking.

Lee's art is complemented by Scott Williams' inks (as usual) and Alex Sinclair's gorgeous colors. Everything just pops off the page and gets sucked into your eye sockets.

If you want a nice juicy mystery and cliffhanger, you'll get a beauty of one as well.

Let's not forget the epilogue by Snyder and Dustin Nguyen.

The Bad

I am completely sold. This is an all-star creative team. It would have been nice to get some more Dustin Nguyen pages as well.

The Verdict

Is it any surprise this book is a home run? DC went all out when it came time to set up the creative team for this book. Scott Snyder has already won us over with his writing on BATMAN. Superman is a completely different character. The fact that we get a detailed view of his inner thoughts immediately gives the book a different feel. Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair make this an extremely gorgeous book. This isn't an issue you'll want to zip through. You will want to carefully look over each page and panel to take in all the art as well as carefully digest the mystery pouring over the pages. The addition of an epilogue by Snyder and Dustin Nguyen is like getting dessert after a great meal. This is what I want from a Superman comic. The only problem I had with book this is I want more.

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Edited By Kerrigan

Awesome. I was so hoping this would be a good book: the comic book world needs a strong Superman title.

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Posted By Calvalier

Awesome. Getting this.

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Posted By Shika1Dude

Good Review, Glad supes is getting this much attention to put him in an All-star team. Hope we also get a 5Star review for Man of Steel

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Posted By Jonny_Anonymous

I hope Snyder remembers Superman should be a science book

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Posted By doordoor123

I'm SO excited. Lobdell's Superman has lost its excitement and after Diggle left, Action also lost its excitement. Really excited for this book though. I really think DC needs to add more energy into Superman all around, but this is a good start. (By the way, I'm not saying new writers. Just more energy and excitement)

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Posted By longbowhunter

I forgot Dustin Nguyen was also gonna be featured in this book. Wednesday is gonna be a good day for Scott Snyder fans.

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Posted By Deranged Midget

This puts me at ease. With the recent developments on Superman and Action Comics, it has been a troublesome time to be a Superman fan. Thankfully, I can breathe easier now that I know this will help bring justice to the character.

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Posted By Mucklefluga

5 stars. Just what i expected. Cannot wait to read this masterpeice.

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Posted By Veshark

Hmm, might get this in trade. Superman is indeed lacking a good book at present.

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Posted By cloudzackvincent

glad to read the review

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Posted By JamDamage

McFarlane draws the best Spider-Man, Turner drew the best Batman, and Lee draws the best Superman (Wolverine also). So the art is going to be there. After one issue I don't know if this will be a good book or not tho. Superman is just so hard to write by himself. I alwasys prefer special guest stars because of this. Everyone is on a Snyder hype too. He deserves it to an extent. Black Mirror was tremendous, and Court of Owls was great too, but Night of Owls was okay and ran thru to many titles doing nothing but the same thing. I felt like I was reading the same book over and over again. Same structure for Death of a Family. To long. To much of the same thing, and the ending was nothing unexpected. I just hope he's not the new Loeb. Loeb wrote Long Hallloween, Dark Victory, and Hush, and now everything he touches turns to shit. 3 classic, and now most readers are scared to even read a thing he does. Plus the 5 star rating thing again. I'm sick of complaining on how they give out the 5 star GIFT on way to many books. 4 stars means great, 5 stars means classic.

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Posted By batmannflash

excited for this one

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Edited By Trevel8182

Can't Wait!

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Posted By lifeboy

Dustin Nguyen is in this?! Thats definatly the way to break it off in someone's ass!

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The Bad


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Posted By TheUnN4med

The Bad


lol. You are right. I don't know if i can pick this up with that on mind, but i really want too.

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Posted By Battle_Forum_Junkie

Man, I really wish I could afford to start getting it...

Maybe I could get a trade later...

Does anyone know if all his issues are going to cost this much or just his opening issue?

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Edited By Squalleon

Does anyone know if all his issues are going to cost this much or just his opening issue?

Only the first issue.

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Edited By Herokiller12344

Wait a minute, what do you mean "New Series" There's still Action Comics and Superman. What's this one about?

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Posted By V_Scarlotte_Rose

Quick question. Have supporting characters been changed to look like their film counterparts?

Just wondering if DC does that.

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Posted By gmanfromheck

@v_scarlotte_rose: Not at all. Jim Lee draws them the way they're supposed to look and of course he does a great job.

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Posted By V_Scarlotte_Rose
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Posted By consafo80

Glad to hear this is good. I trust Comicvines reviews a hell of a lot more than newsarama who I'm sure just roll a dice for their score

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Posted By BR_Havoc

@jamdamage: To be fair to Loeb ever since his son died he could of just lost his passion for comics.

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Posted By Barkley

4.99 is alot for a comic but its SUPERMAN!!

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Posted By Mercy_

Really interested to see how he handles Lois in the long run.

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Edited By tikhunt

@battle_forum_junkie said:

Does anyone know if all his issues are going to cost this much or just his opening issue?

Only the first issue.

Oh thank God, Allah, Odin and Zeus for that.

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Posted By Pressinator

Awesomeness.....get it soon

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Posted By toptom

it was not supposed to be released tomorrow?

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Posted By Dabee

@toptom said:

it was not supposed to be released tomorrow?

Yeah, but CV gets to review it early. Some say it's part of a press-release, I think its a time machine.

Great review, by the way. Can't wait to read this!

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Edited By toptom

@dabee: i have imagined that, but usually they post their rewievs on Cv the same day the comic goes out.

however..i already could not wait to see this comic,and now.... i can not wait even less than before: thanks for doing me that G-man!

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Edited By knightofthechronicle

@g_man I saw the preview and noticed how there was a blue man coming out that bomb. Is there any way that the man has some connection to Captain Atom?

Thanks for the review, excited to pick this up.

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Edited By Rich711

So, is the plot of "Superman Unchained"; Superman escapes from slavery and becomes a bounty hunter to kill the men who stole his wife?

Or is the DC reader the one that is being unchained from the horrifyingly bad Superman run of Scott Lobdell. Scott Lobdell's run is almost as offensive and disturbing as slavery and I feel like slavery there are evil people like Dan Didio who refuse to acknowledge just how bad it really is.

Either way, I am not reading Superman (Unchained or otherwise) until they liberate the main Superman titles from the oppression of Scott Lobdell.

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Posted By jer121

how does this book relate to current continuity?

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@jer121 said:

how does this book relate to current continuity?

It's current. Clark still isn't working at the Daily Planet, etc.

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Posted By SandMan_

I don't trust Newsarama reviews...

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Posted By jer121

@g_man said:

@jer121 said:

how does this book relate to current continuity?

It's current. Clark still isn't working at the Daily Planet, etc.

thanks G-Man!

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Edited By Fantasgasmic

The Bad: THE NAME! It just sounds so dumb! Why not bring it under the banner of one of the old Superman titles like Adventures of Superman, Superman: The Man of Steel, or title it based on a well-known moniker like Superman: The Man of Tomorrow, or Superman: Last Son of Krypton.

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Edited By trevorreece86

@jamdamage: Michael Turner? Best Batman? I'd actually go with Jim Lee on this one as well (or Jeph Loeb's partner-in-crime, Tim Sale)

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Edited By Superdork

Newsarama gave this a 4/10, and I usually agree with them over comicvine.

I will make up my mind when I read this tomorrow.

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Posted By Mercy_

Just read this and man oh was really good. LOVED how Snyder handled Lois (and everybody, really). I can't wait to see this book flourish under his pen. Hopefully soon DC starts bringing in other writers for the rest of the Superman family books.

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Edited By Shallbecomeabattoo

Only question is, will Lee draw every single issue and if he really does, will there be delays? I really hope he does, since I hated the fill in issues on Justice League, even if the art was still great! If you sell it as the new Lee book, he should do at least all twelfe issues.