Superman Unchained #2

Superman Unchained #2

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Jim Lee Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 10, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 26 User Reviews: 7
8.0Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

The technological terrorists called Ascension are growing bolder with every attack, creating problems only can solve—and that’s with help from the world’s greatest detective, Batman! But the mystery that’s really got them both worried is the unknown figure that’s been shadowing Superman! And in this issue’s backup tale, Jimmy Olsen takes center stage as Metropolis reacts to an event that’s shaken the city to its core! - See more at:

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Joseph Ulfsrud Jul 12, 2013

    Snyder and Lee continue to show why they deserve so many fans. The comic weaves a few new plot lines while keeping the main plot clear and in focus, looking beautiful the whole time. Next month will be an interesting one. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jul 14, 2013

    While the artists and writers on Superman and Action Comics are highly talented individuals, they just can't seem to get me invested in this new Superman or keep me interested in buying his books. Granted this is most likely the case because of the horrible editorial decisions by DC Comics that ruined Superman's longstanding mythos (i.e. the one built up in the Post-Crisis years) and not because of their writing ability. Snyder and Lee though have not only got me interested and invested in their version of The New 52 Superman, they have almost completely sold me on it. Read Full Review

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

    A bit cumbersome in words, a trifle flat in art, but these are forgettable flaws for an otherwise ideal sample of a Superman story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Jul 11, 2013

    Overall, though, the issue only falters there. Scott Snyder is really showing that working with the New 52 Superman doesn't necessarily mean that a good Superman story can't be told. The character feels just as Super as ever here and thanks to being teamed up with Jim Lee, Snyder can really let loose with grand, epic set pieces the likes of which Man Of Steel would be jealous of. If they keep it up, this might end up becoming the main Superman title of the DCU. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jul 9, 2013

    Readers could expect a "slow burn" from Scott Snyder based on Superman Unchained #1, and everything from this issue points to this being the case. And there's also the issues surrounding the mysterious and technologically savvy terrorists from Ascension and what they have in store for Lois Lane. Readers who were still unsure of the direction this new series would take will likely find issue #2 to contain a mixture of familiar narrative elements, as well as some really intriguing new territories to be explored. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Jul 12, 2013

    No matter how you look at it, this title is fun. It has mystery, action, and smarts. Everything a fantastic series needs. I can't wait to see where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jul 10, 2013

    Superman Unchained is an exceptional piece of work. A fun, imaginative, and exciting story produced by one of the finest teams comic book fans could ask for. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Jul 10, 2013

    "Superman Unchained" #2 is a fantastic offering for Superman fans of any era. All of the requirements for an enjoyable, exciting Superman story are in place and well executed. Snyder and Lee take it all a step above, adding in relationship development between Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne in the form of a subplot that might have legs later on. Readers should enjoy seeing Clark and Bruce depending on one another and the name-dropping of Cyborg helps tighten the universe ever so slightly. This issue is rounded out with a two-page backup that seems a little thin for the beefy story that precedes it, but offers a little more personality. The extra buck for the book gets us three more pages of lead story while Snyder is clearly using the two-page epilogs to inform readers of the impact Superman leaves on those around him. "Superman Unchained" #2 continues an incredibly strong tale of the Man of Steel. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Nerds On The Rocks - MikeFitz538 Jul 10, 2013

    I know I might be in the minority here, but I really feel that Jim Lee might be the wrong artist for this book. It's not that his art isn't good, and frankly this book is fantastic. It's just that I'm not sure he's the best artist for this book. But besides my issues with the art, this is a great book. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - ClumsyG Aug 23, 2013

    If there's anyone who's able to get his groove back, it's the one they call Superman. And while the title suggests he's been given a pass, so far Superman Unchained #2 feels like the process has just begun. There's action and excitement. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Jul 10, 2013

    The scenes with Luthor feel detached from the main narrative, and so ending the issue on a Luthor-centric moment feels off-kilter. Obviously we won't know the reasons for his involvement until the story is complete, but currently it feels like he's here just because he's Superman's most famous foe. With two other antagonists already present, adding in this familiar face might be too much. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jul 11, 2013

    Jim Lee's art seems far more in sync with Snyder's style this time out, bringing things back to Earth and making an excellent companion for Batman's Greg Capullo. This may all culminate in Superman simply punching things, and it certainly misses the humble charms of the digital Adventures of Superman, but this is by far and away the strongest Superman book currently on the market. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Sep 10, 2013

    This was a brilliant issue, and the series is certainly looking good. It was however slightly slow in places spending too much time developing things, and although that will help the story as a whole, it doesn't help this issue much. The issue did however have some interesting, and exciting action, as well as an appearance from Batman, and the developments have me intrigued as to what will come next. I would highly recommend this issue, as although it's slightly slow it is shaping up to be one of the best Superman stories in the New 52 so far, if not the best. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - mahargen Jul 11, 2013

    Jim Lee is Jim Lee. Love him or hate him, he's a top-tier talent. He has an obvious style that doesn't change much. His set pieces here are great and just the right degree of epic. His design on the assorted black hole weaponry of Lane's is solid and fits well into the almost sci-fi approach Snyder seems to be taking to this title. I hope this direction is expanded on in future issues. Snyder's characteristic darkness is beginning to seep in as well, so I'm very interested in where this story might be going. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Booked - Jeff Hill Jul 12, 2013

    The comic that should be the best on the stands continues to soar higher than even my highest expectations with the second issue of dream team Scott Snyder and Jim Lee's epic tale of the Man of Steel. The artwork is perfect. Period. The script is simultaneously human and super. And even though it's only the second issue, I feel like this creative team has accomplished more than the last three years of Superman writers and artists combined. This series, if I were forced to choose one and only one, would be the title that I would give out to reluctant or new Superman fans who were interested in learning more about the New 52 and its mightiest hero. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 10, 2013

    The action is heating up as the threats are forming to give Superman a difficult time. Having more than one threat forming is great as Superman should have more than one problem going on due to his vast powers and abilities. Scott Snyder gives a unique voice to Superman as we get to go into his thinking process during catastrophic moments. Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair wrap up the story in a beautiful package. There's a lot going on and Snyder is setting up multiple threats for Superman. Seeing characters such as Batman, Lois and Lex make it even more exciting. We're still seeing some set up in the big picture but it's shaping up to be a crazy ride, one fans will not want to miss. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jul 13, 2013

    So, like many of my Superman reviewsthese days, this is a measured review. There were some very nice moments here.In particular, the opening scene and Superman's internal dialogue was verygood. But the confrontation with General Lane and the Superman/army fightseemed forced and overdone. In fact, that scene alone soured the rest of thebook for me. Am I being blown away by this comic.No. But I am finding it to be a dense multilayered Superman book with decentcharacterization. As with Superman, I am more interested in the background plot threads than the main one where Superman is squaring off against the Army's super-man. Had Superman not initiated the conflict with the Army I mighthave given this issue a higher grade. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Derek Baker Jul 10, 2013

    This is a great title that should only get better with age. Its not as compelling as Snyders Batman run, but lets give things a little more time to play out before we start making comparisons. If you really need the Man of Steel in your life, Unchained is the obvious choice. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Analog Addiction - Tony Couto Jul 11, 2013

    Superman: Unchained #2 needs more moments like Superman giving General Lane the ultimatum, to really show the character's depth. Otherwise, Superman feels like the less-interesting glue of the book, whose only purpose is to hold together the more interesting supporting cast. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 10, 2013

    I have high hopes for this book and so far it hasn't disappointed…much. Obviously we're only two issues in and it's hard to say what Snyder's ultimate vision is for the character. As it stands today however, the villains are flat at face value with little to no motivation shown. This issue also oddly spends a ton of time with Batman, and while it's pretty cool, I had to ask myself if this was a team up book and not a solo Superman title. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Jul 15, 2013

    Overall, this is a really solid second issue of Superman Unchained. The story understandably is slowly unfolding in front of the reader, which may frustrate some, but I personally feel that Snyder's storytelling is teasing us nicely. As noted with last issue, Snyder seems to have a real good grasp of Superman and his supporting cast, whilst he also has a really intriguing story to tell us. As such, I'm really looking forward to seeing what #3 has in store for us, as Superman gets set to meet the mysterious other 'Superman' for the first time" Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Jul 31, 2013

    Although this series has yet to really capture my interest, this issue is a bit of an improvement over the first. By next issue we should start to find out a bit more about this mystery villain, what Lex Luthor's intentions are and maybe a bit more on who's behind all the attacks from these two issues's openings. I think the creators of this book have a proven track record and I'm confident they'll be able to deliver on this story, I just hope they start to do it in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jul 13, 2013

    Superman Unchained is a dense read. It's packed with villains and potential villains, but the story just isn't connecting in the epic way that Snyder's Batman has. The book has some room to grow before it can live up to the creator's names, but I am hopeful that will occur. This is an average to good read. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Jul 13, 2013

    Issue #1 was $4.99. This issue was $3.99. I feel like I was swindled. This is how I felt after seeing Avatar: the experience was too expensive for pretty visuals and a padded story. I don't want to pay for pretty. I'm done buying this series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jul 13, 2013

    Superman Unchained is fine so far. But it should be better. It should be bigger and more imaginative. Based on the creative team, it has no excuse to just be another mediocre Superman comic. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 14, 2013

    It's lazy storytelling, and in my opinion, it's frankly offensive. Read Full Review

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