Rating: 3.5/5- Judge this book by its cover.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Gilad Levin.
This is it- the final showdown between Superman and Wraith. I have to admit, the only reason it worked for me was because of Jim Lee’s stunning artwork, which single-handedly salvaged this issue for me. During this 8-issue run, I’ve felt that Scott Snyder’s writing has been very uneven, some issues I love, others not so much. This is one of the latter scenarios. This issue felt like the plot was an afterthought with a focus on rehashed super-hero battle dialogue I’ve seen too many times before. Not surprising since the whole book is one big showdown between Superman and Wraith.
I don’t know how much input Lee had on the battle choreography took place, so will credit Snyder and Lee for orchestrating a fantastic battle. If you want to just read a couple of characters duking it out with some wonderful art, then this will be a great book for you, but I need more than just that to give a book a high grade. I thought he battle came to a disappointing (and predictable) conclusion. On top of that, I though the ending rushed out the conclusions to the Earthstone storyline, then the Luthor storyline, then the Jimmy Olsen storyline, then added in a huge setup for another series (Superman Unbound, anyone?), all in the span of 3 pages. That’s no way to end a series, in my opinion.
If you’ve stuck with Superman Unchained after all this time, you’re going to likely read this last issue just to see how it ends. It didn’t blow me away, but it somehow did its job in wrapping up all the plot threads from the series, albeit in a rushed fashion. As a single satisfying issue, this didn’t do as well for me.
Reviewed by: Gilad Levin
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