Yesterday, DC Comics and USA Today unveiled the name of the upcoming Scott Snyder/Jim Lee upcoming comic. They also talked a little to both Snyder and Lee about what to expect. Here is the link to that article:
And the name of the new book is Superman Unchained. It is an interesting title, invoking classic images of Superman breaking chains, cashing in a little on the Django Unchained name, and also tying in to the approach that Snyder and Lee are bringing to the book. I also think there is some nice synergy with the upcoming Superman Unbound movie.
As usual, a couple of things in the interview stuck out which I will show here but it is worth reading the article in total. There is some news about the upcoming Greg Pak/Jae Lee Batman/Superman series as well. Here are some blurbs.
Snyder teams with artist (and DC co-publisher) Jim Lee for an all-new Superman Unchained series beginning June 12, and that same month sees the debut of Batman/Superman by writer Greg Pak and artist Jae Lee that will show the earliest meeting between the company's two iconic heroes.
No surprise about the release date, a mere 2 days before the release of the Man of Steel movie. I can understand toking the publicity fire and taking advantage of the media blitz most likely happening at that point.
Later Jim Lee said:
"We've been pushing the creators to not be beholden to the past conceits and understandings" of Superman, he adds. "So we will speak to a new generation of readers."
I am just a little worried about statements like this. I think there needs to be some 'conceits and understandings' about Superman that have to remain intact. If you write Superman like Deathstroke or Wolverine or even Batman ... he isn't Superman anymore. If someone pitched an angry, violent, killing Superman, would Lee think that was 'fresh'? Or would he say it was wrong? Personally, I don't want Super-Doom.
You can write good Superman stories while still leaving his essence intact, even in this modern world, even as you woo new readers.
Lee says they'll pull back "the camera" sometimes, "showing really how this small little figure, this human-shaped character, can literally move mountains," and Snyder aims to focus on this superhero who has the power to shape the world however he wants it yet looks at humanity to be inspired himself.
I wonder if the 'unchained' portion of the name comes from Snyder and Lee having Superman doing more incredible things, exploring the vastness of his powers ... like the fetters are off. If the opening scene is Superman hoisting a mountain, where do you go from there.
And yet, I also trust Snyder's take because he seems to be focusing on the 'man', that his Superman is inspired by the goodness inherent in humanity.
"If I think for a second, 'I'm working on Superman,' you get chills and it becomes very, very intimidating when you think of all the amazing stories that have come before," says Snyder, who also is doing backup stories in Unchained with artist Dustin Nguyen.
I didn't know there would be a back-up feature in the book. I was glad to hear that because I think this is going to be a solid book. But adding that the artist is Dustin Nguyen is just a complete win.
"I know conceptually why he admires Lois Lane, but then when you're writing them and you feel the chemistry between them and it comes to life on the page, it's always these little bursts of surprises that have been a joy to discover with him," Snyder says.
And lastly, this is the part of the article that struck me (and it seems the internet) the most. Lois will play a big part in the book. Snyder understands the chemistry between them. He knows that Superman admires Lois. These are welcome words. If there has been one thing lacking in the New 52 Superman, it has been a strong role and presence for Lois. It looks like there will finally be a place to read about a strong Lois.
Hopefully this book will live up to my preconceived expectations of excellence, expectations that are growing.