Snell fill you in on the other plot problem), but the art... the art...
Ok, before we go any further, and because I don't really like to go negative on this blog, here's Paul C's positive review of Superman Unchained over at Last of the Famous International Fanboys. Call it the counterpoint.
Now let's talk art, specifically art that bugs the hell out of me. First and foremost, I suppose, are the giant fold-out panels that proudly proclaim THIS IS AN ART OBJECT, which is a good way to get me sighing when I'm reading the book primarily out of loyalty to its writer. Frankly, these panels are rather underwhelming. Jim Lee's a good pin-up artist, but these aren't his best in the issue (the sequence where the atomic bomb turns out to the a superhuman is much more interesting than either gimmick panel, for example). The first of the images actually DISTRACTS me by making me question what's happening:
Other questions the art asks: How wide is that prison copter?
How did Luthor build an momigami city from a book's pages while holding it like this?
Now let's talk about THIS screwy thing:
Am I nitpicking? Such is the nature of pet peeves. But sell me some hype, and I'll feel the need to compare it to the actual product.