Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Superman Unchained #5 Review

Written by:  Scott Snyder
Art by: Jim Lee and Dustin Nguyen
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 31, 2013

Blinded by the Lights

While searching for Ascension, Wraith asks Superman some pretty heavy questions on who he is and who he wants to become.  Even while being held captive, Lois Lane remains feisty and learns more of Ascension's plan because Villain's can't help but spill the beans.  Then the book ends with an explosive cliffhanger that could end the World.

Scott Snyder continues the slow burn story of Superman becoming SUPERMAN.  Wraith has been an intriguing and mysterious addition to Superman's world and it really pays off in this issue.  The questions he poses really make the reader wonder if Superman has gone about this whole superhero thing the right way. Wraith's intentions and loyalties have always been sketchy and after this issue they are really messed up.

The issue also involves a flashback that shows a pivotal point in Clarke's young life and a flash forward that shows how solitary an alien superhero's life can become.  Snyder really shows the reader that being Superman isn't just flying into space and smiling at the camera.

As far as Ascension and The Machine goes, so far they are no Court of the Owls, but things are heating up. While we don't really get to see much more of their plan, we do see that they are bad...really bad. At the end of the issue, them having Lois captive is the least of Superman's problems.

Any book that has Jim Lee on art is going to look good.  However, I was more impressed with Dustin Nguyen's art in the flashback scenes.  It is a water color like art with soft colors that not only looks great, but contrasts nicely with Jim Lee's pencil heavy art in the rest of the book.

Bits and Pieces:

Superman Unchained #5 is another piece in Scott Snyder's puzzle of what it is to\ become Superman.  Jim Lee and Dustin Nguyen combine to make the book look great and the issue ends with a bang.  With this and Greg Pak's Action Comics, 2014 should be a great year for Superman fans.


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