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The technological terrorists called Ascension are growing bolder with every attack, creating problems only can solve—and that’s with help from the world’s greatest detective, Batman! But the mystery that’s really got them both worried is the unknown figure that’s been shadowing Superman!

And in this issue’s backup tale, Jimmy Olsen takes center stage as Metropolis reacts to an event that’s shaken the city to its core!

Story by Scott Snyder
Art by Jim Lee & Scott Williams
Colors by Alex Sinclair
Letters by Sal Cipriano
Cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams, & Alex Sinclair

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  1. Superman lifting a tank?

    haven’t seen that before. 😉

  2. I thought he was holding a wooden sword in the thumbnail.

  3. I’d love Superman covers to actually tell more of a story than just posing.

  4. NO POSTER!? 😛

    Snyder is great, Lee is alright. Should be a fun ride all things considered.

  5. Scott Snyder got me to by a Superman Comic. I love this so far. I hope 2 blows my mind too 🙂

  6. Loved #1. Can’t wait to see where Snyder takes this series, Jim Lee’s art is superb.

  7. Jim Lee doesn’t do it for me at the best of times and I really don’t like his superman. He’s so angry and over the top macho, it just feels like a hangover from 90’s extreme. But I do love Synder.

  8. I am looking forward to know more about the bad guy! Jim Lee did make him look like he jumped out of a late 90s superman book but this villain is going to force some interesting decisions from Superman.

  9. I hope this is better than the first issue, that one just didn’t excite me. I’m not sure why, I guess because I didn’t see anything new or anything “classic” reinterpreted to be cool again. I’ll give this a shot tho, I want to like a Superman book by Snyder.

    • Maybe it’s Jim Lee’s art? I think he’s a good clean artist and I understand why he became so popular, but a lot of of the books he draws just come off as dull to me. He’s certainly not a great storyteller or anything – I guess he is the ultimate style over substance artist we have these days.

      He seems like a really nice guy, though.

    • I’m sure he is, but the art wasn’t a huge issue for me. In fact I didn’t really care about it (I’ve seen Lee’s Superman so much), I was more concerned about Snyder’s writing. I was hoping for a fun twist on the Clark/Jimmy dynamic or something. Didn’t really get any of that.

  10. My simple criteria for deciding if I’ll continue to pick up a series is this, “Do I remember what happened last issue?” If I can’t remember what happened last time I usually skip the series.

    All credit to Snyder, this is getting a second pick up purely because I want to see where he takes Superman. This, despite my only having a vague recollection of something about a satellite.

    This is the only title in my list that I’m not 100% anxious to crack open.

    • I totally agree with you, I use the same criteria. My problem is I read too much and dont remember what happened last issue most of the time anyway (especially once-a-month titles)

    • Marvel helps out with the recap pages, which I love and wish DC did as well

    • I do the same thing to gauge if I like a book enough to buy monthly. I also pay attention to which books I read first when I have a larger stack. I liked the first issue of Unchained but I may drop off after the first arc.

  11. This was pretty good. I’ll give it a 3.5 but unless it starts getting really good I’ll drop it to make room for some of those awesome Image titles coming out!

  12. Didn’t even lift a tank in this issue!!!!

  13. Gotta say, after this issue I’m worried about Snyder’s take on Superman. I’ll stick around for a while but I’ll be on the fence with this one

  14. I got to my Comic shop late and they were sold out.

    I find my self not really missing the title, for what ever reason. Maybe I should just trade wait this.

  15. I really enjoyed this. Any Batman/Superman interaction is always worth reading, IMHO. Snyder did a great job of capturing both character’s voices, Lee did a great job of rendering them. Excellent issue.

  16. This issue was much better then the first, looking forward to more

  17. A little overwritten. Not crazy about the art, check out page five where Superman has his wig on backwards. I’m gonna stick it out at least another issue for Scott Snyder,

  18. After two issues I am still waiting to really love this title. I’m not quite sure what’s going on? A construction vehicle was programmed by a terrorist cell to knock over a building??


    • Yeah, just not very interesting. Sigh. I want to like this so bad.

    • I thought the design of the vehicle was absolutely awesome. Kudos to Snyder or Lee, whoever thought of it, on that one.

      Plus, I really liked Superman’s thought process as he agonized over the best way to save all the people trapped inside the buildings. It was a nice way to introduce our protagonist to the readers in this particular issue.

      To me, it felt like a bit of a rebuttal to the latest movie, where Superman doesn’t give a damn who lives or dies when he smashes through buildings. This was a Superman who valued all life, even that of his enemies. Of course, this issue would have been written months before the release of said film, but still, when I read that sequence, I was like, “Now this is a Superman I can get behind” This was proper Superman, Henry Cavill was The Plutonian in flashback.

      Besides, who doesn’t want to see Superman vs a Giant Robot? That really worked for me.

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