Superman Unchained #5

Superman Unchained #5

Writer: Scott Snyder Artist: Jim Lee Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 31, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 11
8.3Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

Superman and Wraith form an alliance to rescue a hostage and strike at the heart of Ascension, but the mission goes awry when it becomes clear the Man of Tomorrow and the soldier from beyond the stars have very different methodologies-and objectives! Plus, secrets are revealed about Wraith's people!

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Wayne Hall Jan 1, 2014

    Thats obviously not a problem for Snyder, Lee and Nguyen, who seem to have easily brushed aside all my concerns and have breathed much-needed life into Superman. And it couldnt have happened a moment too soon! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Dec 31, 2013

    What better way to end 2013 than with a Superman comic by Scott Snyder, Jim Lee and Dustin Nguyen? We're getting more answers here about Wraith, Ascension and even another look into Clark's past. The combination of Scott Snyder's script with Jim Lee's art as well was Dustin Nguyen's art in the flashback sequences makes this a great issue to end 2013. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Sarah Barclay Jan 4, 2014

    So, the world is going to explode and everyone's pretty upset about that. What are an alien and all his friends to do? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - David Staniusz Jan 1, 2014

    Superman Unchained # 5 leaves the series in a great spot for the New Year. Readers should have faith in Scott Snyder to bring all these threads to a epic conclusion Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Jan 2, 2014

    Although I missed seeing Lex Luthor, this issue may be the best of the series so far. We finally see Snyder reveal his intent behind juxtaposing Wraith against Superman. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Dec 31, 2013

    Great fun to read, and beautiful to look at, Superman Unchained is subversive. Wrapped within an exciting comic book tale are ideas and emotions that will go on to redefine Superman as an icon. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jan 4, 2014

    Overall, Superman Unchained to me is the best solo Superman series DC has and is the tone I had hoped we'd have seen when the DC New-52 launched some time ago. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Jan 1, 2014

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jan 1, 2014

    Not a bad issue by any means, with some bad guy banter that'll make you cringe, but plenty of Superman frailty to chew on. Wraith's story seems to be coming to a head and should be satisfying considering the stakes that were raised in the final pages. There's some gems in here as far as Superman and the real problem of not aging as quickly as his human friends too. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Jan 4, 2014

    A great installment, and I definitely look forward to the sixth issue this month. If there's any major downside to this issue, its that Lex Luthor and Jimmy Olsen are completely absent and that particular subplot is left completely open and hanging. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Guilherme Jacobs Jan 3, 2014

    It was definitely a bummer to have an issue with no Lex Luthor, specially after we saw how great Snyder's portrayal of the character is, but Superman Unchained #5 is one of the strongest issues in the series, bringing welcome answers to a lot of the questions regarding the new enemies Superman has to face. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Jan 6, 2014

    Still, this is minor quibbles. This book remains dense and excellent and has a more classic Superman and Lois. And what is the Wraith's deal? What I do think is that the Luthor-created Jimmy Olsen Doomsday hand is now going to be used to eliminate the Wraith somehow. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Minhquan Nguyen Jan 4, 2014

    Snyder crosses the line into getting too cerebral with the writing, slowing down the pace of the issue and minimizing the character work in the process. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jan 4, 2014

    Perhaps what the series needs is some humor - a ray of hope. Right now, it's all darkness and gloom. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Derek Baker Jan 1, 2014

    If anybody dropped Superman Unchained, I would suggest giving this issue a try. Snyder wrote his tail off and the art is truly spectacular. If this is a sign of things to come then count me in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Jan 2, 2014

    A character with the nearly unlimited power set of Superman calls for big storytelling, and Scott Snyder is using "Superman Unchained" as the opportunity to tell a big story not just about good guys vs bad guys, but about the very character of the Man of Steel. Jim Lee maintains his status as a legendary artist with page after page of quality art, but Dustin Nguyen's surreal flashbacks are beautiful to look at and basically steal the issue. With a story this grand, it's easy to lose sight of the end destination, and the issue does feel very opened, but one can argue that Snyder has earned the chance to stick the landing by crafting a story that speaks to the most traditions aspects of Superman's character and the world he lives in. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Population Go - Sam Hawkins Feb 5, 2014

    This is a great issue of Superman Unchained. The plot has been significantly moved forward with Ascension finally making their move, whilst the Superman/Wraith relationship continues to intrigue. The flashback sequences were surprisingly captivating too, considering that they cover the well explored ground of Clark first discovering his powers. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jan 2, 2014

    "Superman Unchained" #5 has regained the momentum established in the series' first issue, and truly is a Superman comic that stands out and remains far superior its companion titles. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Jan 2, 2014

    Superman Unchained #5 is really good comic book, that had quite a few powerful scenarios and a dynamic cliffhanger. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 31, 2013

    Unchained hasn't been Lee's strongest DC work by any means, and this issue tends to expose his storytelling flaws at times. Especially reading this series digital, Lee and inker Scott Williams' tendency towards excessive lines and cross-hatching can bog many panels down. The sequence exploring Clark's friends aging and dying doesn't play as well as it might have under another penciller's hand. The action looks pretty swell, but this book is about more than just action. Rather than illustrate a separate epilogue segment, Dustin Nguyen works inside this issue via the flashback scenes. His work is a softer, more emotional counterpoint to Lee's, and I found myself wishing he had been the one to tackle this flash-forward material. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Gilad Levin Jan 1, 2014

    As it stands, the book is overcrowded. In this issue alone we have Superman, Wraith, Lois, Sam Lane, Ascension, Young Clark, Lana and two more characters that joined the party in the end. All of this crammed into a 25 page comic book makes for a rushed story and the strong feeling that some of these guys should be cut out. The problem is, they are necessary for the story. The book's name is SUPERMAN Unchained. How is it a Superman book if Superman is only in 30% of it? Food for thought, Mr. Snyder. This reader wants more Superman in his Superman book. I haven't given up hope yet. Maybe next issue Snyder will get back on track with the caliber of story he told in #3 and #4. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Joseph Ulfsrud Jan 3, 2014

    A slow issue with some weird revelations, Superman Unchained #5 is probably the lowest point of the series thus far. Snyder does raise some interesting questions for the Man of Steel, but these questions are lost in the haze of trying to figure out Ascensions motivations. Lees art is still stellar, and there is some great dialogue to be had, so dont get too disappointed. Hopefully the next issue will resolve some of the problems with this chapter. Read Full Review

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