When reflecting upon the Superman family books and mini series being published right now, DC Comics have certainly created a specific and unique feel for each title. The core Superman title feels very much like an intergalactic space opera, while Action Comics is immersed in mystery and intrigue. Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen brings the silver age whimsy, while Lois Lane is a bonafide political crime noir tale that is very much reflected in the regular cover and within the book.
Interior artist Mike Perkins has created a cover that really reminds me of political thrillers of yesteryear – such as ‘All the president’s men’ and ‘JFK’. The rippled red lines in the background feels like part of the American flag while Lois’ revoked press pass being pushed to the front really suggest to me that Lois is an enemy of the state type figure. Mike Perkins’ moody depiction of Lois is just perfect, and makes her feel dangerous regarding her determination in searching for the truth. The monochrome pallet used really adds to the gritty tone of the series.
The variant cover is created by Nicola Scott, and showcases quintessential Lois in her absolute element, out in the field and under fire. I adore the realistic artwork of this cover. I love photo realistic art, and this representation of Lois really feels like Margot Kidder’s portrayal of the character. This cover screams female empowerment, and I am all for it. This cover is beautiful, and action packed – great work from Nicola Scott!
Lois Lane #2 is a political thriller with crime noir elements peppered throughout. Our story begins with the world sharing its opinion on the kiss between Lois and Superman caught on camera within the pages of Action Comics. I love how this is presented to the reader via TV and radio clips that are scattered throughout the pages. Its a great representation of how we as a society consume media, specifically news as its spread globally within seconds with multiple platforms dissecting and exaggerating every facet of the story. Privacy is very much at a premium in this day and age, and that is perfectly represented in this issue.
I love how Lois conducts herself while her private life is debated by the world audience. Writer Greg Rucka has created the perfect Lois in my opinion. She lives her life according to nobody but herself, and doesn’t give a damn about what others think. Lois truly is fearless and unapologetic. These are some of my favourite facets of the Lois Lane character, however her more vulnerable side does appear when she confers with Clark. This really adds layers to the character. To those that look up to Lois – myself included – it really creates that realism with the character, we all have our strengths, but we also have our weaknesses.
As the issue progresses, we witness Renee Montoya investigate further into the death of Russian journalist Mariska Voronova. I love how Montoya and Lois team-up and work together on this case. I adore seeing Montoya within the pages of Lois Lane as she is an incredibly multi-faceted character who has really been around the block more than once. Montoya is a very realistic character who’s backstory is set in the back alleys and mean streets of Gotham City, this makes her the perfect ally for Lois in a tale such like this.
Montoya and Lois really compliment each other well. Both women are incredibly formidable. Lois’ tenacity and unwavering sense of truth even in the face of personal jeopardy, through to Renee’s street smarts and brawling prowess are featured heavily in this issue. The fight choreography in the issue reflects the tone of the series as its very hard hitting and realistic. It’s hard to recreate such action within art, but Mike Perkins does this flawlessly.
The environment in this issue is totally realistic and extremely detailed. The reader is informed instantly via artwork that this is indeed Chicago. The windy city has many unique features from its architecture, landmarks and world famous canal that are all captured in this issue. Artist Mike Perkins must have walked every city street with a camera because the visuals are just so incredibly detailed and authentic. Come to think of it, authentic is the best word to use in describing this issue. The bar scene from the closing pages is a prime example. The bar depicted every element you could possibly find in the real life setting from the wine rack through to the glasses, furniture and even the food. Every object is just so detailed.
Lois has some wonderful exchanges in this issue not only with Renee Montoya but with Perry White, and a shady individual tied to Lois story regarding the White House. Lois’ exchange with Perry feels very comforting to me. On the surface it appears Lois is cut adrift facing insurmountable odds, however the appearance of Perry shows she has a strong support network behind her who will always be there for her. Strong guidance and support for me is a core fundamental that is present throughout Superman mythology.
Greg Rucka really cultivates a wider world surrounding our characters. This is a densely populated world and you really feel it. Lois’ dialogue in this issue is quintessential and marries up to the voice I hear in my head when I read the character. Especially when she is totally focused on a story. This is a very focused and determined Lois who is very much showcasing her ‘superpower’.
This series has me very intrigued and I’m excited to see where the issue goes next. I am loving the reign of Lois at the moment. She has such great representation in quite a few books at the moment – of course including this and of course DCeased.