The second issue of Superman Unchained arrives this week with a lot of momentum behind it — the premiere issue finished at the top of the June bestsellers list and reviewers not only gushed, they practically geysered (sampling: “off the chain,” “best in years,” “spectacular art,” “fast-paced writing and stellar art“).
The project had a lot of pedigree (Scott Snyder weaving the words, Jim Lee widening the wow), some tailwind timing (Superman’s 75th anniversary and the opening of Man of Steel) and a admirable “anything goes” spirit. (The first issue’s kooky double-sided poster pull-out might be the perfect rebuttal to slabbing puritans but is that why it cost $4.99?)
With all of that, it seems like the perfect time to check in with Lee, the affable superstar who launches DC heroes into the sky by night (with his marathon all-night art sessions) and steers the corporate ship during the day (as co-publisher of DC Entertainment). Lee lives in San Diego County so Comic-Con International will be a home game for him and it will be the only place fans can get a special edition Superman Unchained No. 1 with a black-and-white Lee image showing Clark Kent turning into Superman.