Superman Unchained #4

Superman Unchained #4

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Jim Lee Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 6, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 6
7.7Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

Superman rushes to stop Ascensions attack and kicks off a huge battle with Wraith! Besieged on all sides, Superman has no choice but to call in some powerful friends...

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Joseph Ulfsrud Nov 9, 2013

    Scott Snyder reveals enough this issue to keep readers going, and entertains with a delightfully written Luthor, along with some explosive action. The expert writing and artwork dazzle, and the breadcrumb trail left in this issue is leading to what should be a great climax. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Nov 18, 2013

    Superman Unchained #4 continues Scott Snyder and Jim Lee's run as the best Superman book in the New 52.  This issue is action packed, mystery filled fun and excitement.  The storytelling and art combine to make this one special book indeed.  Must Read. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Nov 6, 2013

    Superman Unchained is unquestionably the new bar by which all Superman stories should be told going forward. Snyder and Lee have reinvigorated not just the Man of Steel, but also his supporting cast. A knockout series across the board. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Nov 11, 2013

    If you read this Superman book, you don't really need any of the others. Snyder gives us a series that is unabashedly in love with superhero conventions while also aspiring for more. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Nov 8, 2013

    Overall, a pretty damn good issue, which leaves me hungrier for the next one than I was before reading this one. There are rumours of issue #5 being released later this month, which means Superman Unchained double-ships this month. I can only hope that is true! Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - Josh Raj Nov 6, 2013

    Overall, Superman Unchained has a lot of things going on, but really keep the reader on the edge of their seat. This story is very interesting and has a lot of questions left to be answered. Snyder really does a good job with Lex and making him into a different kind of threat that could pose problems for Superman going forward. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Nov 6, 2013

    Luthor has some choice scheming going on, Superman is challenged in interesting ways (which is probably the hardest thing to write into a Superman story) and Ascension is on the rise. The backup is good, all two pages of it, as it sets up a very creepy new villain. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Nov 11, 2013

    The only case in which this isn't true is Wraith. I'm not sure I would classify him as a villain just yet, but he's just not an interesting character, he's essentially a more powerful version of Superman. Considering that this is Snyder writing this, it just seems really odd that he hasn't gotten any character development. Who knows, maybe he was created to be a one note character, but when he's part of such a vibrant cast, he sticks out like a sore thumb. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Nov 11, 2013

    Lots of progression and lots of new mysteries! There is nothing like a complex Superman story with high action and using his supporting cast to its utmost potential. I mean it, this is the best Lois book we have had since the New 52. Hopefully, Lee can keep up on the artwork so that there aren't major delays. Kudos to Snyder and Lee for this book. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 6, 2013

    Scott Snyder and Jim Lee continue heating up their take on Superman. It feels like it's been a while since the previous issue due to Villains Month but we're back and the mysteries continue to unfold. The gang's all here and thankfully we get to see separate stories for Superman, Lois and Jimmy. There's no telling what Lex will do next or what Wraith's motivations are which is part of what makes this all exciting. Now that Villains Month is over, hopefully we'll be back on track and be able to sit back and enjoy the show. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Nov 8, 2013

    After a 10 week delay, "Superman Unchained" is back with a bang. Scott Snyder, like always, fills the book with character insights and unique details, such as this issue's paper dolls, that set his work apart. Jim Lee proves that his is still capable of delivering high quality art, even after drawing these heroes thousands of times. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Nov 11, 2013

    Jim Lee is spot on again with basically all that he does. There was a certain feel to each section (Clark, Lois, Jimmy and Luthor) of scenes that was different from the others. And those paper dolls were equally as creepy, but in an awesome way, as their creator. I've gotta say, though, the pages of Superman and Wraith's battle had to be my favorite. From the action to the quieter moments, such as Clark bleeding, it was all grimly lovely. Though, I have to commend Lee on his consistency with the Ascension masks, and that page of the members attacking Lois was pretty amazing, especially in the mask details. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Nov 12, 2013

    Overall, I think this issue is a pretty good read but it is likely to suffer most simply from having been off newsstands for about two months " which is a long time for new, on-going series. Additionally, I cannot help but feel as though the storylines for Jimmy and Lex as well as Lois and Ascension have progressed faster, if not further, than that of Superman and Wraith in spite of the difference in page count each pairing has had. In truth, if this was written by a writer with whose I was familiar, I would have likely rated this a point lower. However, Snyder has proven in past series that he will take his time in slowly building a story up in order to deliver a powerful conclusion making the wait worth the while. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Nov 7, 2013

    Jim Lee's art is exactly what you'd expect from him, although his style hurts this tale a bit. Lee tend to draw everything with a futuristic edge, giving every city a high tech look and slick shine. That's fine, but when a large part of the story is focused on tech terrorists, it sorta loses that wow factor. The terrorists in question use big robot to act cities, but it seems like everybody has big robots. Hell, Lex Luthor built one out of a model in his jail cell. It's hard to really understand the tone of the book, because Lee's art never gives you a clear sense of the world. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Nov 7, 2013

    In "Superman Unchained" #4, the stakes are raised. The threats take deeper dimension, revealing their texture as they begin to connect into a larger beast. I hope I can retain the gist of this story before the next issue and double that level of hope that Lee is able to sharpen up his consistency for that issue as well. I'm still enjoying this book and it is DC's best print-first Superman comic (the "Adventures of Superman" weekly keeps producing exemplary results) despite its flaws. If the timing and the art can be tightened up, "Superman Unchained" would be more powerful than a locomotive. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Nov 8, 2013

    So if you're a fan of Superman this is a must read, if you're not but want to give him a shot Superman Unchained probably isn't a bad place to start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Population Go - Sam Hawkins Nov 19, 2013

    Overall, this is another solid issue of Superman Unchained. All four differing storylines progress along that little bit more, with more questions posed, as the mystery deepens. The biggest one, as teased in the first issue, is still dangling, tantalising above the rest. Just what is Lex Luthor planning? Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Nov 6, 2013

    Superman Unchained has a special something, it just needs more of it. Snyder knows how to write Superman well, he just needs to apply some proper character work to make this title unique. Hes killing it with Luthor, though. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 11, 2013

    As always, the art by Jim Lee and Scott Williams is terrific, but the story still hasn't come together - though I'll grant it may make more sense when it's eventually published as a collection. But for now, it just doesn't work. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    GoCollect - @jwebbjwebb Nov 13, 2013

    I will keep reading Superman Unchained for its talent alone. Snyder and Lee have started a Superman story that is intriguing. I like that we now have a character that is shrouded in government mystery and cover-up. The fact that Wraith is more powerful and older than Superman is a fascinating premise alone. Is he Kryptonian, a friend, a foe, or something else? We also have a new global threat that mirrors todays cyber warfare landscape. With Big Data and Cloud Computing on the rise the Ascension is a perfect villainous movement for todays world. The creative team may not be the best fit but its fun watching them mesh together. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Nov 6, 2013

    This is a title that I very much wanted to love. One of my favorite writers was tackling a character that I had always wanted to experience again in a monthly format with an artist known for his bombast and bullet train momentum. I forgave a weak start, but month after month, I was never hooked enough to justify my spending $3.99. It's never been that Snyder is a bad writer, or Lee a terrible artist, quite the contrary actually. Its just that they don't ever seem to be interested in delivering anything new or noteworthy with the series. Its a generic story from two immensely powerful creative. This could have been so much more, but instead its just more of the same and that's what makes this series' failings all the more painful. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Master Destructo Feb 4, 2014

    All things considered, I did enjoy this issue quite a bit. I was a little lost--the two month wait for this ish didn't help things. A recap page is a must whenever there is a delay like this, especially when the plot is a bit complex. I enjoyed the exploration of Wraith's and Superman's power set, and the mystery of who Wraith is and what Ascension and Luthor are up to. Lots of intriguing plotlines. I'm happy to hear that this will be a limited series, so it sounds like we'll be getting a full resolution by the time it's all over with. Lee's doing a great job, but I do hope he'll be able to churn these out monthly without delays from here on out.

  • 9.0
    Redeadhood May 21, 2014

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  • 8.0
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  • 7.0
    mrDovydas Nov 16, 2013

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