It’s odd, but this post involves two Snyders. The first is Scott Snyder who wrote Batman Zero Year, and Superman Unchained. The second is Zack Snyder who directed Man of Steel. This post was originally only supposed to talk about Scott Snyder’s work on Superman Unchained. However, I watched Man of Steel this weekend. I would be remiss if I didn’t talk a little about Zack Snyder too.
Additionally, it’s a Superman reference in the strip. I guess it’s just a Superman day all around.
A Tale of Two Snyder’s Part 2.
Scott Snyder’s a good writer and I bragged him up in my last post. However, Superman Unchained leaves much to be desired. It’s forced. Very forced. It’s almost like I’m not reading the same man’s work. The dialogue is canned, and unoriginal. I was really excited about the prospect of both the Batman and Superman runs. Now I’m not so sure I’ll finish Superman Unchained.
Jim Lee’s an amazing artist, but for this one he clearly phoned it in. Don’t get me wrong, I would kill to be able to draw like Jim Lee at his worst. Still, I’m not sure Superman is in his skill set. His panels feel rushed, and some are reminiscent of his last days at Wildstorm. Other panels are too busy and some of them are hard to see what’s going on. I feel guilty speaking so harshly about such a great artist, but it makes me want to read Batman Hush to remember how great he can be, and make me forget Superman Unchained.
Maybe Scott will find the right tone and pace to save this title. Maybe Jim will tighten up his work and get it cleaner. If anyone can do it, they can. I’ll give Superman Unchained one or two more issues. I want to give it a fair chance. A great team of this magnitude has earned every opportunity to keep me as a reader. I will tell you if it gets better in a month or two. As of right now, I wouldn’t recommend picking it up.
Onto Zack Snyder, and Man of Steel. I won’t give a full review, because I’m sure some people haven’t seen it. I will cover it next week, so people have time to watch it.
I’ve seen and heard reviews of “hated it” to “loved it” and everything in between. The movie is very polarizing. I think for some people, it’s not understanding Superman. For others it’s expecting Dark Knight and not getting it. To some it was just a fun action movie. To me, it was the Superman film I’ve been waiting to see for a long time.
You should watch it. It’s a fun film no matter how you look at it. Lot’s of action. Give it a go, and tell us what you think.