Full review here.
Full review here.
I agree with this review. In fact, I would give it an even higher score. I don't think it's perfect, but it's pretty darn close. I like what Wraith is doing, deconstructing the way Superman does things. Because as much as we admire Superman, what he does seems pretty ineffective compared to what Wraith is doing. And what Superman is doing is unsustainable. Everyone around him is going to die. Sooner or later, people are going to notice that Clark Kent doesn't age. Even if he finds a way to make them believe he's aging, he can't live like that forever. What he's doing now is a ticking time bomb and Wraith understands that. And Superman never got a chance to fully respond. With that in mind, I hope he gets a chance in the next issue. The only thing keeping this issue from being perfect in my opinion was that it ended somewhat abruptly. But this is still by far one of the best Superman comics to come along in years.
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Is this series a limited run, or could it continue based on sales? This title shows how portray the Lois/Clark/Superman relationship if you insisted on wiping the slate clean. I don't mind the marriage erasure, because they have a great relationship here.
I also really liked this issue because my husband and I had to brush off two cars, wait to see how much traffic was on the road (i.e. if other people are driving, maybe it's ok), and check the weather to head to the comic store on New Year's Day. We were very glad they decided to open - and we weren't the only ones waiting (ok, it was one other person, but still...).
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I quickly skimmed through it yesterday. I liked parts of it, like how it goes into some detail of how Superman's going to have to live his life years from now when everyone's aging faster than he is. It's something I've thought about a bit, so I'm glad it's being brought to the forefront here.
On the other hand, Wraith doesn't interest me at all.
I disagree that it's superior to the other Superman books. Superman Unchained to me is about Superman without being Superman: he doesn't ask questions so much as is given questions this entire issue — it's Lois that gets answers. (More over, I think the scene with General Lane and Lois in this week's Superman was a bit stronger emotionally as well.)
Wraith's suggestion that Clark will have to deal with aging makes logical sense until you place the series into context of the New 52: Clark's only been in Metropolis six or so years, during which time he's had to (a) deal with the government wanting to stop him, (b) meet Bruce Wayne, (c) fight Brainiac and get the armour, (d) help found the Justice League, (e) establish the Fortress Of Solitude, (f) deal with Lois and the sale of the Planet… and that's all up to Superman #1, after which he quits the paper, meets Kara and Kon, etc. There just hasn't been time for this to come up; had this question been raised a few years later, when he wasn't in his early 20s in such recent memory, it would have been more poignant.
The flashbacks are there to underscore Clark's realization he's not human. It's blatant he will recover from the gunshots and save Lana. In fact, if my memory isn't playing tricks on me, I think this may be in one of the previous books — that or it's borrowed from the movie, where Clark lets himself be beaten up but eventually pushes back and gets noticed by Lana/Pa, who keeps his secret. Superman Unchained is really about the alien aspect of Superman throughout: Wraith is there to underscore he's being viewed as a weapon by the government for ideological superiority.
As for landing in the US specifically… this is an old theme that would mean something had Jor-El not taken a centre position in all the past stories set on Krypton. Pre-52 DC, and Smallville in particular, established that Jor-El wanted Clark to grow up with American ideals as if to cement that middle American values are what's good. Not that there's anything wrong with that: Clark Kent's always represented the refugee who adopts the true pioneer spirit of middle America, and Lex (as urban commercialism) is his opposite as the result — a rural vs urban, though both would now be Republicans.
There are rumors flying about Romita coming to DC to draw Superman, could be that he'll work on Unchained, or Unchained will get axed and new series with Romita will be launched.
lots of dots