“THE CHAINED PART ONE!”
Following the shocking cliffhanger of Superman #5 and the events of Knight Terrors, Superman has learned that Lex Luthor kept a prisoner beneath Stryker’s Island for decades. Who are they and why did Lex lock them up? Can Superman unlock the secrets of the Chained?
Featuring guest artist Gleb Melnikov!
ComicBook.comSuperman's highly anticipated new arc "The Chained" kicks off in Superman #6, and it was well worth the wait. Writer Joshua Williamson picks up from the shocking cliffhanger of issue #5, and things take a swerve that forces Superman into unfamiliar territory. One of the most intriguing aspects of Supercorp has been Superman's hesitation in embracing it contrasted with how helpful and positive it's repeatedly been shown to be. That continues in issue #6, and one of the clear benefits of that effort and investment is the relationship between Superman and Mercy. As for The Chained, he makes one hell of a first impression, and the seeds of intrigue are already starting to produce results. Series artist Jamal Campbell isn't at the helm this time, but artist Gleb Melnikov, colorist Alejandro Sanchez, and letterer Ariana Maher do a stellar job of keeping the series' overall tone while adding their own style and flair. Their work shines brightest in the book's darker moments towards the end of the issue, which are simply fantastic and have the added benefit of presenting The Chained as a legitimate threat to Superman. Superman fans are pretty spoiled right now, and you will not see me complaining about that one bit.
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Supergirl Comic Box CommentaryMelnikov really brings some action to the art. He veers into a sort of Frank Miller vibe here, more than I am used to seeing. It certainly amps the horror of the new villain. And his Superman is appropriately bigger than life.
Geek DadWhile original artist Jamal Campbell is missing from this arc, Gleb Melnikov has been building into one of DC’s best new artists for a long time and he has a great sense of epic scope and scale here. The Superman resurgence continues to turn this franchise into one of DC’s best.
Lyles Movie FilesWhile Campbell has guided the visual direction of the title since the start, Melnikov capably fills in and would be a welcome regular contributor. Alejandro Sanchez retains the hopeful outlook of the series with bright colors that highlight Superman’s costume. Letterer Ariana Maher works in quality sound effects. Superman had its badly timed break for Knight Terrors, but with its return, this is shaping up to be one of DC’s can’t miss titles.
Superman HomepageI absolutely love the writing in "Superman" at the moment! That said... something I am not a huge fan of is storylines with unanswered threads and storylines spread thin that it hurts the readership. "Knight Terrors" was shoehorned into the timeline and then there was the Annual. It's starting to to get dangerously close to territory where it's getting a little hard to follow. Nothing has yet been resolved in the previous stories and we're jumping into a new arc. To be clear I'm enjoying the book but keeping track of different stories is starting to get harder.
The Super Powered FancastThe Story: While I am enjoying the direction Williamson is taking the character of Superman and how he is expanding the character’s world, this level of impulsive behavior by Clark is starting to strain credibility. It’s just hard to fathom that Superman would do what he’s doing with the history he shares with Lex and the arc is making it a point of showcasing that Lex is right while turning Superman into an errand boy and a lapdog. The Art: Melnikov offers some great visuals throughout the issue. I really enjoy the visual style of the issue as well as the action within it.
AIPTSuperman #6 is a lovely return to the typical world of Superman and the Dawn of DC. While some of Clark's actions do seem strange, they are still always rooted in his character. With incredible art and good character work, it is absolutely worth a read. After months of Knight Terrors, it's just nice to get back to continuing the mystery of Lex's history and Project: Chained.
Nerd InitiativeThe new arc of Joshua Williamson’s “Superman” doesn’t delay in bringing action and excitement to readers. Sharp writing and excellent visuals by Melnikov and Sánchez give readers a fun story to jump along for the ride heading to the monumental Superman #850!
The Comicbook DispatchSuperman #6 starts the new Chained story arc as Superman seeks to uncover Lex Luthor’s secret Project: Chained. While the interior artist did change, the art in the comic is still good when it comes to depicting Superman and the other characters. The story quickly brings reader into the story and gets right to what people are here for. The introduction of the new villain is intriguing but it’s too early to tell whether they will be a good or bad addition to Superman’s roster of villains.
Weird Science DC ComicsSuperman #6 pulls back on the sunny, hopeful tone of adventure when the Pharm/Graft duo leads Superman to uncover Lex's secret project. Williamson creates a building atmosphere of tension that suits the story's direction, and Melnikov's style works to make the new villain as creepy as possible.
Comic WatchA story that feels like a retread of the first arc doesn’t catch this reader like it should. Add in recycled story beats from the first arc and an artist that doesn’t hit the mark, and you’ve got a recipe for mediocrity. Jamal Campbell’s cover is a beautiful reminder if just how far this series’ interior art has fallen in just one issue.