Thursday, 12 September 2013

Superman: Unchained #3 Review

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Jim Lee

This has been a brilliant series, as although it hasn't been quite what I expected, it has still been amazing, and looks to be building up to something phenomenal. That added with the fact that both my favourite artist, Jim Lee, and one of my favourite current writers, Scott Snyder are working on it have me hooked.


Superman squares off against Wraith, and appears to have met his match, but is everything as it seems?


This was a brilliant issue, and the series is staring to take shape. Scott Snyder did a great job of making this an exciting, and interesting issue, which was also very entertaining. It was however not without it's faults, as although being one of the best issue yet, it had a few anticlimactic moments, with a slightly inconsistent pace. The amazing drama, and dialogue made up for that though, as along with the outstanding action sequence, and the mystery it made for a brilliant issue. I also loved all the other small developments throughout this issue, and Snyder is showing that he can write Superman just as good as he has been writing Batman.

The art was once again phenomenal, and I just can't get enough of Jim Lee's magnificent artwork. The detail throughout was simply magnificent, as although there were a few very minor imperfections, most of the art was outstanding, being very dynamic, and impactful. Lee's layouts were also superb, adding a lot of depth to the issue, as well as making it more dynamic, and dramatic. The action was probably however the best thing about this issue, as it was simply amazing, being very explosive, and exciting, with Lee being one of the best artists at action sequences. I also loved the emotion added to this, as it really added depth, as well as realism to the story, making it feel more alive.

The best thing about this issue was the fight between Superman, and Wraith, and the fact that Superman may have met someone more powerful than he is. Now the fight itself was brilliant, being very explosive, and exciting, having tremendous artwork from Jim Lee. It was however the dialogue that interested me more thought, as it was simply brilliant, showing the difference between Superman, and Wraith. I also loved how there is a bit of mystery about Wraith still, and I look forward to seeing how Snyder develops him as a character, as so far it's been brilliant.

General Sam Lane would make comments in this issue, with his interaction with Superman being extremely interesting. Now I won't go into too much detail as to avoid spoilers, but this showed a different side to Lane, showing that he dislikes Superman for different reasons than originally assumed. Besides this his interaction with Wraith was very interesting, and I'm sure that he will have an even more interesting part to play during the development of this story.

This issue would also continue to develop Lex Luthor's story in the background, with him making a couple of short appearances throughout. Now I will once again avoid going into any details as to avoid spoilers, but it appears that Luthor is continuing with his plans. I have to say this is one of the strangest things I've seen from Luthor in comics, but also one of the most interesting as well, as although it hasn't surpassed the amazing way Grant Morrison used the character in All Star Superman, it has been the best since, and I look forward to even more developments from this side of the story.

Final Verdict

This was an amazing issue, and better than last issue. It had amazing development, and action, as well as great drama, and outstanding dialogue. It also had a bit of mystery to it, with some suspense, and tons of excitement. Due to all this I'd highly recommend this issue, and am really looking forward to the next one.

Rating: 8/10