Comic Book Review – Superman Unchained (2013 – 2014): Deluxe Edition (The New 52)

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After enjoying Superman’s crazed 1950’s high speculative fiction (SF) watermark—including every shade of Kryptonite—in terms of “re-boots,” I’m a huge fan of the Superman in action in Dennis O’Neil and Curt Swan’s 1971 “The Sandman Saga,” running across Superman (Vol. 1) issues: #233 – 235, 237 – 238, and 240 – 242, and edited by the magnificent Julius Schwartz.

But even Grant Morrison struggled to give us a clear distillation of New 52-era Superman, ramping up ample thematic tropes from creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster’s original “Fanfare for the Common Man” ethos, born and bred somewhat in Philip Wylie’s 1930 potboiler, “Gladiator.” But I still felt little kinship to the current take on the Man of Steel—that is until Batman scribe Scott Snyder (fair enough: he redefined the Dark Knight for our era in a way that genuinely works, and it appears Tom King is following up quite nicely) breathed life into a quickly flagging New 52 vision by penning an unconventional, completely cinematic buddy action film pairing Superman with Wraith, an ultra-powerful alien who, at first, gives Big Blue a run for his money as a rival.

Wraith has an actual “world view,” one completely opposed to that of the Man of Steel, as Wraith sees his having been co-opted by the government as better for the world, and Superman as the naïve new flash in the pan sailing through the skies. Wraith wants nothing of fame. He’s been performing black-ops for United States government with abandon for years. Rather than mere mid-air fisticuffs, the reader gets genuine ideologies in conflict, as the two ultra-powerful beings clearly have different things in mind in terms of what it means to protect the earth—even if that means an occasional genuflection in opposition force General Lane’s direction.

Author Scott Snyder hurls many a plot-thread into the air, and Jim Lee illustrates each with gusto, even managing to make the character design on Wraith rise above, say, the mere Mongul homage it could have been. Collected as a nice stand-alone book, the story is filled with funny asides that work, such as Lana Lang’s comment to Lois Lane, regarding Wonder woman: “Did you know they’re dating?” Between that and Wraith acting as an only marginally accepted mentor as the two ultimately have to team, forging Superman’s best outing since Kurt Buseik’s all-too-brief run.

 

4 out of 5 stars

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FanExpo Toronto 2018 – Cosplayers – Part 1

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FanExpo Toronto 2018 – Sunday Conversation with Dan DiDio

FAN EXPO Canada is the largest Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming event in Canada and the 3rd largest Pop Culture event in North America.

Celebrating its 24th year, FAN EXPO Canada has grown from a small comic book convention attracting 1,500 fans into a multi-faceted, 4-day citywide event that attracts over 129,000 people from around the world.

The Sunday Conversation is back! Join DC Publisher Dan DiDio as he gives you an up-close-and-personal look at how some of DC’s topnotch talent broke in, crafting the tales of your favorite DC comics!

Featuring Dan DiDio, Tom King and Joshua Williamson

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FanExpo Toronto 2018 – Spotlight on Greg Capullo

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Gregory “Greg” Capullo is an American comic book artist and penciller, best known for his work on Quasar, X-Force, Angela, Spawn and Batman. Greg Capullo also published his own creator-owned comic, The Creech, published through Image Comics. These were two three-issue miniseries.

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FanExpo Toronto 2018 – DC Nation Panel

FAN EXPO Canada is the largest Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime, and Gaming event in Canada and the 3rd largest Pop Culture event in North America.

Celebrating its 24th year, FAN EXPO Canada has grown from a small comic book convention attracting 1,500 fans into a multi-faceted, 4-day citywide event that attracts over 129,000 people from around the world.

The DC NATION is back and better than ever! Don’t miss out as DC Publisher Dan DiDio hosts this all-star gathering with Scott Snyder (Justice League, Swamp Thing), Tom King (Batman, Mister Miracle), Jock (All Star Batman), Greg Capullo (Dark Nights: Metal), and Jason Fabok (The Man of Steel) talking and teasing upcoming stories!

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FanExpo Toronto 2018 – DC World’s Finest Panel

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Some of the most brilliant and creative minds behind DC’s multiverse are gathered to give you an exclusive look into the thrilling world of DC comics! Drop in on this panel and check out what they’ve got in store next for The World’s Greatest Super Heroes!

Dan DiDio
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FanExpo Toronto 2018 – Creator Spotlight on Tom King

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Celebrating its 24th year, FAN EXPO Canada has grown from a small comic book convention attracting 1,500 fans into a multi-faceted, 4-day citywide event that attracts over 129,000 people from around the world.

Whether you came to know Tom King’s work from his fresh take on Batman’s former sidekick on “Grayson”, his ground-breaking work on “The Vision”, his acclaimed series “The Sheriff of Babylon”, his novel “A Once Crowded Sky” or as the writer of a little book called “BATMAN”, one thing is undeniable; once you start reading, you can’t stop. Join comics sensation Tom King as he talks about his work in comics so far, and maybe even a glimpse of what’s next.

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