DC Comics Spotlights Superman for Free Comic Book Day

April 12, 2013|Elliott Serrano, for Redeye

This has been an interesting year so far for Superman. After stirring up controversy with a questionable writing hire, DC Comics is vying to arouse fan interest - in advance of the upcoming “Man of Steel” feature film - with the launch of a new book titled Superman: Unchained by comic superstars Scott Snyder and Jim Lee.

(The obvious question is what kind of chain was being used to bind the near-omnipotent kryptonian? I’m assuming it was made of kryptonite, and that he had some help getting those chains off. But I digress…)

The new series will be found on store shelves when the “Man of Steel” film hits theaters, but  readers can get a sneak peek of Superman: Unchained when DC releases Superman: Last Son of Krypton Free Comic Book Day Edition. The free comic will also contain the first chapter of the Last Son of Krypton story arc – that ran previously in Action Comics - by Geoff Johns, Richard Donner and Adam Kubert.

Snyder has been on a hot streak with his work with Batman in Detective Comics, and Jim Lee has had a successful run on Superman previously with Chicago-based comic-book writer Brian Azzarello. Just as many are wondering what unique perspective “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder will be taking on Superman, I am curious to see what Scott Snyder and Lee have up their sleeves for the comic. This should make Superman: The Last Son of Krypton FCBD Edition one of Free Comic Book Day's more popular releases.

It’s been an interesting year for Superman, indeed.

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Free Comic Book Day, which takes place the first Saturday in May each year, has proven to be very successful with comic book readers and comic shops alike. Many Chicago shops, like Challengers, Graham Crackers and Dark Tower, have turned the day into a celebration of comic books.

If you haven’t been to a comic shop in a while, I encourage you to find one and pay them a visit! (To find a comic shop close to you, visit comicshoplocator.com)

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