Something For Your Pull List

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Have you been hankering for a really good Lois Lane story?  Well, get down to your local comic shop and have them put Superman: Lois Lane #1 on your pull list.  Don’t have a pull list or a local comic shop?  Then be sure to either subscribe or pre-order it digitally.  On February 26th, Lois Lane will get a 48 page one-shot written by Marguerite Bennett with art by Emanuela Lupaccino.

Lois Lane is known for chasing down stories — but what happens when the story is her family? As her father gains more power in the government, Lois’s sister Lucy has become involved with a deadly drug scene! Meanwhile, Lois thought she was rid of the influence of Brainiac, but now she finds that the the computer tyrant of Colu is calling out to her again!

Here’s what Ms. Bennett has to say about Lois and her book:

Lois’s tale is an adventure story—a sci-fi noir, if you will. Lois Lane is the first lady (queen? khaleesi?) of DC Comics, and I was in fits to offer up a story worthy of her. There’s an elegance to the structure and a poignance to the plot that I hope won’t strike a nerve so much as twist it, and leave our readers avid for more.

For Lois, I had envisioned not the clean, bright, idealized superhero art of Superman, but a deep, rich, and somewhat darker human world and underworld. Not the grit and grime of Gotham, naturally, but a place of depth, texture, emotion, and consequence—a place where things must be seen with their scars, and not from high above.

Regarding her favorite thing about Lois:   Oh, Lord, just one? May I say her general magnificence? May I say her audacity in the face of danger? May I say her willpower, when all the world is going to hell? May I say that she is neither a believer nor a cynic, but one who will face the world on the principle of truth and truth alone?

I love the conviction in Lois, how the same woman can maintain such calm and resolve and yet be so invested in the world and all its struggles. She cares so completely as to plunge into the fray, a war journalist or investigative reporter, because she knows that the truth must be brought to light, no matter how ugly, no matter how terrible. Yet she doesn’t permit the darkness, corruption, or trauma of the world she has seen to sully her. It can try and try and try again to dig its hooks into her, but she is fiercer and filled with more conviction than any human or superhuman foe can break. Within her discipline and self-reliance is, I believe, an inherent compassion—an understanding of our suffering, and a trust that the truth will better us—a trust that we will better ourselves.

Thanks to G-Man at Comic Vine for the exclusive interview.

This is the queen without a crown, the first lady of the DCU. Her resolve is legendary, but that same resolve has its consequence. Even in her youth, Lois was called upon to be the example, the good soldier, the mother to her younger sister, the lieutenant to her father. Her complexity is phenomenal, but it has a price as much as a reward.

This is the woman who has stood toe-to-toe with gods and watched them blink first. This is the human heart of an increasingly superhuman world, its center of conviction, compassion, and resolve.

This story is hers. She is no one’s supporting cast member, and her very foundations are rising up against her. I have read and loved reading Lois, from Lois the girlfriend to Lois the war reporter, but for this moment in time, I felt she deserved a story about her family, her friendships, her relationships, her mess, her struggle, her climb. (Things explode, too, but the story is a poignant one.)

For familiar characters, you’ll find Jimmy Olsen and Clark Kent, Lucy and Sam Lane, and Lois’s mother, as well, in addition to several original characters (one for whom I have high hopes).

The complete interview with Vaneta Rogers at Newsarama.

Hold on, there’s more from the Newsarama interview:

With Lois, however, if there is fan enthusiasm for the concept, and if the sales turnout is strong, Dan DiDio has told fans that a Lois series would be there for them. It’s entirely within the hands of the readers, though. For my part, I hope they love her as much as I do, because I would be overjoyed for fans to see what she can do.

Let’s get our girl her own mini-series or ongoing!

As of this writing Lois has psionic powers (see Brainiac reference in the bolded solicit under the cover), is interrupting the fauxmance, and has the Parasite after her.  Superman: Lois Lane #1 will be coinciding with Superman #28 (same month as Lois’ book).  General Sam Lane has become US Senator Sam Lane who is investigating something called The Tower (mentioned in Superman #26 and Action #27).  With her current psionic powers she knows Superman and Clark Kent are one-in-the-same, but that could change with Superman #27 later this month.  And Clark Kent apparently will be making an appearance in her book.  He’s gone back to writing and pining for the Daily Planet.

Lois is the key!  The big giant key like Superman used to have at the Fortress of Solitude.  Marguerite Bennett knows it and let’s make sure DC Comics sees we know it, too.   A strong, visible Lois Lane always inspires Clark Kent to be a better Superman.

So are you ready?  Let’s get the word out about Superman: Lois Lane #1.

If you are on twitter, use the hashtag #GoLois! in your tweets.  We want to get the buzz and the info out there.  Prepare your local comic shop and let DC Comics know, there will be a demand for this book!

#GoLois!

Please feel free to use the banner above to get the word out.   Thanks to kiki!

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Show Your Appreciation for Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years

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Lois Lane Girl Frenzy will be in Lois’ new graphic novel!

On Monday, November 25th, if you’ve pre-ordered Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 years from Amazon. . . (if you haven’t, do it NOW), please tweet the following people on Twitter.  @jimlee  @geoffjohns  @dandidio1

State you’ve pre-ordered & include #LoisLane75yrs hashtag  (remember only 1 hashtag per tweet)

We really need to show our appreciation for the book we fought so hard to get!  Lois Lane recognized on her 75th anniversary.

On Wednesday, November 27th, this book will be in comic shops or retailers who sell graphic novels.  Please take a picture of your purchase/pre-order and send it to the same DC personnel with the same hashtag.  You can be as creative as you like with the pic.   So pictures of the book can carry on for some time.  Perhaps into the Christmas season since people may receive them as gifts.  (Got a Lois Lane fan in your life?)

This is all for Lois Lane, the First Lady of DC Comics (or at the very least, Action Comics – the book that started it all).  We need to prove that Lois Lane is a money maker.

Soon, you’ll be hearing about another ‘campaign for Lois’ which involves showing DC Comics how the upcoming Lois Lane one-shot (this February) can be sustainable as a series.  Let’s help out EvilMarguerite by showing them Lois Lane is not ‘just’ anything.  She is IT! #GoLois!

So tell everyone you know that November 25 and 27th are dates to remember in support of Lois Lane.  Get out there & tweet for the intrepid reporter!

DC COMICS TURNS JUSTICE LEAGUE INTO WANKER FARE

Couldn’t fanboys just steal Playboy like the generations before them?

The picture above is from a Superman v2 comic book series called For Tomorrow with Jim Lee as artist.  It is from issue #212 published in late 2004.  This is Superman with his wife, Lois Lane.  Now Lee is telling EW.com that his inspiration for  Justice League #12 cover (written by Geoff Johns) is from  Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss and Alfred Eisenstaedt’s V-J Day in Times Square photograph.  I call BULLSHIT!

Last year Superman fans were bemoaning the disintegration of the Kent marriage for the new 52.  Jim Lee, Co-Publisher, stated at that time “once we got rid of the marital detail stories started to flow.”   Since that time he has stated that it was always about the triangle for two meaning Superman/Lois/Clark.  Again, I call BULLSHIT!  Basically Lee has replaced Lois Lane with Wonder Woman on the JL12 cover.

Also last year Dan Didio tried to retro Superman’s real life historical timeline by saying the marriage was the result of the Lois and Clark: New Adventures of Superman television show.   Again, BULLSHIT!  Anyone with a computer can Google the REAL facts.

Why so much bullshit?  Because it seems that’s what the big wigs at DC are throwing against the wall to see what sticks.

This year DC Comics has another surprise for Superman fans.  He’s going to be in a status quo relationship with Wonder Woman after what was called in the EW.com interview with Johns and Lee as  flirty foreshadowing.  BULLSHIT!  Unless ‘she’s strong’ and ‘Diana!’ are come ons, then there was no flirting or foreshadowing.  Which is why Lee and Johns waited one week before the book’s release for the ‘controversial’ exclusive.  LIGHTSWITCH BULLSHIT!

My apologies in advance to my male reading cohorts who actually like Superman and his supporting cast and his soulmate, Lois Lane.  This is no way directed towards you.

DC Comics has decided (with very dicey survey results) that their target audience is males 14 to 34 years old. So this may be what they are going after — characters and icon fans be damned.

“The creative team believes the heroes are right for each other. She’s a mythic Amazonian warrior; he’s a veritable demigod. Both have huge hearts for mankind, yet also feel estranged from humanity. Relationships with civilians are tricky for caped crusaders, even liabilities. Usually, they choose to mask their full, true identities and hide their secret, high-risk do-gooding from their lovers to protect them. At least together, Superman and Wonder Woman can be themselves. Oh, and they’re also ridiculously good looking, too.”  — ew.com interview August 22nd, 2012

This is wrong on so many levels.  First off, you get things like this said:

“Superman has found a cervix hardy enough to withstand his ballistic Kryptonian seed. In next week’s issue of Justice League, Superman and Wonder Woman will officially become the DC Universe’s new power couple. Commence the atmospheric diddling!” — io9.com Superman and Wonder Woman Are Officially Doing It.

This is what DC Comics has reduced two of its greatest icons to . . . wank material.  No backstory.  No heartfelt emotions.  Just power sex.  Which might be great for Superman (it really destroys his character) but Wonder Woman will be considered ‘the other woman’  because ask anyone on the street or on the internet — Who is Superman’s girlfriend?  They’ll tell you, LOIS LANE.   And readers know Lois is much more than that.

Humans are considered lesser beings by this powerful couple and DC execs.  But isn’t it humans that buy comic books?  Shouldn’t DC keep the human components involved in their iconic histories for readers to relate to?  No?  Let’s just have power sex.  Wank.

Geoff Johns and Jim Lee later tweeted a link to a Good Morning America clip announcing EW’s exclusive.  Guess what happened?  All around the table who heard the news that Superman is dumping Lois (untrue story wise) said, “NO!”  “I won’t accept that.”  With the additional fact from the JL writers that Wonder Woman has been chasing Superman since 1988.  This is while a photoshopped picture announced Wonder Woman as Superman’s sidekick. Again, BULLSHIT.  Let’s have power sex.

So Wonder Woman is getting trashed for being a homewrecker since most people know the TRUE iconic couple (since 1938) and this places Diana in a bad light.  And sidekick?  Really?  Wonder Woman is far from being a sidekick.  Not good for getting new readers.  It’s publicity, but bad publicity and destroys her character for no reason but to have her and Superman have power sex.  Wankers!

Lois is seen as being dumped.  Actually in the new 52, Lois has been put behind a desk and has a placement within the Daily Planet on the par of Perry White.  She is NOT Clark’s boss even though DC execs have stated she was.  George Perez was originally handpicked by Dan Didio to write the Supes Wondy scenario since he did it previously in 1980s.  It lasted 2 issues back then and Superman and Wonder Woman decided to be friends.  DC apparently put that idea on hold and micromanaged, veteran writer and artist, Perez til he quit the book.  Now Geoff Johns and Jim Lee are going to portray this relationship as THE POWER COUPLE.  But I have a sneaking suspicion that Diana is going to be the Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) of the Justice League.  Again, horrible for her character.  It would show manipulation through sex.  And that’s how we get the Trinity War next summer, boys and girls.

Clark Kent, remember that guy?  Again the human component is being abandoned.  This time for power sex.  Why have a dual identity when you can have power sex with Wonder Woman?  DC Comics has not written much about Clark since before World of New Krypton (WONK) and Grounded.  He’s the alien raised by loving humans which DC seems to detest.  Another character destroyed.

Also amongst all this bullshit is a incoherent timeline for the new 52.  Action Comics written by Grant Morrison was to take place six months before Justice League.  In Action #12, Superman ‘dreams’ of marrying Lois Lane and wishes it were true.  This story is still in the past.  Justice League started 5 years prior to Superman book and came to the present in issue #7.   Superman book started in the present and had Superman and Clark wishing he was with Lois.  So what is up with the new 52 Superman?  What is his story?  Does he love Lois Lane while screwing Wonder Woman?  Really?  How does that give him any credibility?

By the way, the Superman book will be on its third set of creators next month.  The politics behind the books are wreaking havoc.  Matt Idelson, editor over Superman Group books, stated that Clark and Lois weren’t inevitable.  That they wouldn’t happen on his watch.  In Superman #12 Matt Idelson is not listed as editor.  It seems the DC comic book factory is breaking down — and I don’t use that analogy loosely.

So if you want to enjoy the REAL Superman, read Smallville Season 11 by Bryan Q. Miller.  It’s a digital first comic based on the tv series.  Not in the new 52 and Clark and Lois are together — literally in digital issue #13.  Go to OSCK.wordpress.com to see how to buy and download those for 99 cents.  Or you can get 4 print issues (at this writing) for $3.99 each at a comic book store (web or local).  Put it on your pull list. Batman is arriving in Smallville.  It’s the only place World’s Finest fans will get their Superman Batman fix.

Don’t buy Justice League while this bullshit is going on.  It seems DC Comics is hellbent on destroying Superman and now Wonder Woman.  Batman has umpteen books.  Don’t support bad behavior.

Another great Superman book is Superman Family Adventures by Art Baltazar and Franco. It’s a print first comic and also available as a digital.  Not in the new 52.  You’ll really enjoy reading this as will your kids.

Clark Kent, we miss you in the new 52.

Lois, we love you.  Keep on being headstrong, smart, intuitive and searching for truth and justice.  You inspire us and a super man by being the best of humanity.