Wednesday, July 27, 2016 • Afternoon Edition • "At least we're not Bleeding Cool!"

The Outhouse - The Greatest Comic Book Forum

Comics news, comic book reviews, feature articles about comics, interviews with comic creators, plus the greatest comic book and pop culture discussion in the Outhouse forums!

Advertisement

Superman Unchained #1

Hey you! Reader! Want to be a part of the GREATEST COMIC BOOK AND GEEK COMMUNITY on the web?! Well, they're not accepting new members, but we'll take anyone here, so why not sign up for a free acount? It's fast and it's easy, like your mom! Sign up today! Membership spots are limited!*

*Membership spots not really limited!

User avatar

guitarsmashley

Regular-Sized Poster

Postby guitarsmashley » Wed Jun 12, 2013 11:21 pm

SO zechs probably got a lil chubber but otherwise meh.
User avatar

HNutz

Rain Partier

Postby HNutz » Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:00 am

It looked pretty and was solidly written. And the poster was cool. I guess it was worth the price.

I'm intrigued to see where this goes.

Even if it gives us ANOTHER "evil Superman". Or maybe this will be the NuDCU version of Zod or something.
User avatar

guitarsmashley

Regular-Sized Poster

Postby guitarsmashley » Thu Jun 13, 2013 8:40 am

I'm guessing it's the eradicator. Hence the Zechs boner, he likes all the shitty characters.
User avatar

IvCNuB4

Staff Writer

Postby IvCNuB4 » Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:05 am

HNutz wrote:It looked pretty and was solidly written. And the poster was cool. I guess it was worth the price.

I'm intrigued to see where this goes.



Totally. This was the best written Superman since the reboot.
User avatar

Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Thu Jun 13, 2013 11:18 am

Unfortunately, this first issue of Superman Unchained doesn’t involve Kal-El being freed from slavery by a kindly German dentist and killing Leonardo DiCaprio and Samuel L Jackson, but it’s still pretty good. Ever since Grant Morrison left Action Comics and Andy Diggle’s run was curtailed before it even begun, this has been the book I’ve been waiting to deliver a Superman comic that is actually good, and whilst it wasn’t perfect, I think it’s a good start.

Scott Snyder (no relation to Man Of Steel ‘visionary director’ Zack) has become one of my favourite writers and one of DC’s best thanks to his work on Batman, Swamp Thing and American Vampire, and he brings his usual high quality to the world of Superman. Yes, he does return to some of his usual tics, like every issue beginning with an anecdote about the hero’s childhood or parents, but it’s one thing to read Bruce Wayne reminisce for the umpteenth time, than to read Clark Kent do it for the first time. Snyder has really built up a real and relevant world for Batman, and if he can do the same for Superman, then it’s all good.

We see that here in the scenes with the classic trifecta of Clark, Lois and Jimmy. The dialogue between all three of them is very strong, and Snyder manages to make the Daily Planet seem real, with Lois worrying about ad placement in the paper. We also see some commentary on the state of the media today, Clark has grown frustrated by the tabloidy nature the Planet has taken and so is an independent blogger, which is very cool. I also like how Snyder is establishing a living and thriving Metropolis, complete with Bagel Shops. I really like DC’s fake cities, and when writers like James Robinson, Geoff Johns and Scott Snyder really endeavor to make them seem real and distinctive, then I’m going to love it.

The actual Superman plot here involves Superman stopping a space station from crashing to Earth, in a very exciting, widescreen sequence wonderfully drawn by Jim Lee. I’m not the biggest Jim Lee fan in the world, but you know what you’re going to get from him, and the scope of this crash was real Jim Lee stuff. That massive double-sized poster was something else (albeit a bit unwieldy and hard to read, are we supposed to remove it from the cardboard? I dunno).

Snyder manages to use this crash to not only show how awesome Superman is, but set up several interesting plotlines. There’s the possibility that a new cyber-terrorist group called ‘Ascension’ could be behind it. Lex Luthor could also be involved (and Snyder writes a pretty great Lex), and then there’s the biggy, the existence of another being, just as powerful as Superman who is working for the US Government and who stopped another Satellite from crashing. Who is this dude? We see in the opening scene that he was the cause of the A-Bomb explosion over Nagasaki in 1945, which is a very interesting divergence from real history. A lot of people seem to think it’s another Kryptonian, maybe Zod, but my guess? Captain Atom. I know we’ve already seen him in the New 52, but time-travel is part of his origin anyway.

This was a strong start to this title, with a movie coming out, there needed to be a good Superman story out there, and this was that, and hey, it’s a perfect introduction to the character for any new readers who stumble into comic shops after seeing Man Of Steel. This is the kind of Superman we should be getting, two of the industry’s top creators, writing the top Superhero kicking some ass.
User avatar

Johnny Smith

rubber spoon

Postby Johnny Smith » Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:19 pm

Great start! Very enjoyable issue.
User avatar

Grayson

Outhouse Drafter

Postby Grayson » Thu Jun 13, 2013 2:27 pm

I didn't hate it but I was a little underwhelmed by it. Unfortunately, I can't really pinpoint exactly what I didn't like about the issue except to say that it wasn't what I was expecting from a first issue. I'll give it a few more issues.
User avatar

Juan Cena

DANG!

Postby Juan Cena » Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:42 pm

Punchy wrote:


We see that here in the scenes with the classic trifecta of Clark, Lois and Jimmy. The dialogue between all three of them is very strong, and Snyder manages to make the Daily Planet seem real, with Lois worrying about ad placement in the paper. We also see some commentary on the state of the media today, Clark has grown frustrated by the tabloidy nature the Planet has taken and so is an independent blogger, which is very cool. I also like how Snyder is establishing a living and thriving Metropolis, complete with Bagel Shops. I really like DC’s fake cities, and when writers like James Robinson, Geoff Johns and Scott Snyder really endeavor to make them seem real and distinctive, then I’m going to love it.

.


Image
User avatar

Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Thu Jun 13, 2013 3:46 pm

Aren't you a blogger?

I don't see why you're laughing.
User avatar

guitarsmashley

Regular-Sized Poster

Postby guitarsmashley » Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:49 pm

Punchy wrote:Aren't you a blogger?

I don't see why you're laughing.


Because, alright there is no way I can say something without getting at least a warning. Just yeah he's terrible.
User avatar

Juan Cena

DANG!

Postby Juan Cena » Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:21 pm

Punchy wrote:Aren't you a blogger?

I don't see why you're laughing.


Blogs are some of the most "tabloidy" things out there.
User avatar

Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:45 pm

Juan Cena wrote:
Blogs are some of the most "tabloidy" things out there.


Yeah, in the real world.

But one written by Clark Kent, award-winning investigative journalist and social crusader, wouldn't be.
User avatar

Juan Cena

DANG!

Postby Juan Cena » Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:52 pm

Punchy wrote:
Yeah, in the real world.

But one written by Clark Kent, award-winning investigative journalist and social crusader, wouldn't be.



He'll probably be crawling back to the Planet then. "Crusading Journalist" he may be. A businessman he is not.
User avatar

habitual

Silly French Man

Postby habitual » Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:57 pm

Juan Cena wrote:

He'll probably be crawling back to the Planet then. "Crusading Journalist" he may be. A businessman he is not.


Do you really think that what you do isn't blogging?

Hab
User avatar

Punchy

Staff Writer

Postby Punchy » Thu Jun 13, 2013 6:07 pm

Juan Cena wrote:

He'll probably be crawling back to the Planet then. "Crusading Journalist" he may be. A businessman he is not.


Clark Kent doesn't need money! He doesn't need to eat. If he can't make the rent on a Metropolis apartment, he has a massive ice fortress or a JLA satellite to live in, he probably doesn't even need to sleep. He has no travel costs because he can fly anywhere in 10 seconds.

Clark's blog isn't there to make money, it's there to help the world, just like what he does as Superman.

You're just hating on New 52 Superman just for the sake of it now.

leave a comment with facebook


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: 52Problems, FaceBook [Linkcheck], Kravis, LiamA, Punchy, Spacedog and 64 guests