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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!

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Lois Lane Gets A One-Shot, But Why Stop There?

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Lois Lane fans can rejoice (albeit temporarily), she’s getting her own book!  On February 26, 2014, Lois Lane will have a double sized issue of a one-shot story.  Written by Scott Snyder protege, Marguerite Bennett, with art by Emanuela Lupacchino.  In an exclusive interview with Comic Vine, Ms. Bennett states that the release date for Superman: Lois Lane #1 was moved up to be earlier than originally anticipated.  (More thoughts about that later)  She also refers to our beloved intrepid reporter as the First Lady (Queen, Khaleesi) of DC Comics.  Sounds like Lois couldn’t be in better hands, heart or mind.  Go read the article now!  Have a little squee time.

Superman and Clark Kent may not make an appearance in the story which is fine.   Me personally, I’m offended his name is even on the title.   Despite what those people who can’t get their heads out of the Silver Age (or  their asses) think, Lois Lane as a character can stand on her own.  She is a pillar of the Superman mythology, and has been from day one, Action #1, 1938.   Good creators know this even if decision-making executives don’t.

Lois will be dealing with family problems as well as an alien menace who still has a hold on her.  All that while relentlessly searching for the truth, no matter how ugly or vile or damaging.  Lois Lane eats the truth raw for breakfast and that’s why we love her!  And it should be why Superman loves her too, but  . . .

There’s always one of those, isn’t there?  New 52 Superman (not including Superman Unchained) is not truly Clark Kent.  He’s battling alien.  Clark Kent is not even a blogger let alone a journalist.  Scott Lobdell (writer of continuity Superman) had Clark Kent leave the Daily Planet because he thought they were doing infotainment instead of hardhitting news (and because Lois was reluctantly moving in with her boyfriend).   Cat Grant partnered up with Clark to start a blog.  Clark’s only contribution to it has been to fry competitor’s digital tablets so Ms. Grant could get an exclusive infotainment fluff piece to keep the blog solvent.  Journo Clark will never substantially exist while Superman is dating Wonder Woman.  Thus no Lois.

The Powers That Be or Diane Nelson (along with Jim Lee and Bob Harras) are bound and determined to keep shoving this fauxmance down our throats until we like it.  Smallville fans will recall the dreaded train wreck of a season 7 – “We’re giving them another shot.”  Speaking of Lana . . .

Greg Pak has taken over Action Comics.  He ‘loves’ Lois, but won’t be writing her.  He’s writing Lana Lang as Lois Lane.  Let me clarify that.  Lana Lang is as strong as Lois Lane, as determined to have her own career and thinks exactly like Clark.  Pak hearts his Lana.  He obviously has forgotten the first rule — Lois Lane cannot be replaced.

What Lois Lane fans may experience in the coming months in Action and Superman is Lois Lane not in the picture with Lana Lang being a Lois imitator and Wonder Woman in the Superman book.  The fauxmance has never been in Action so Lobdell will probably do Harras’ bidding in Superman.   Most Lois Lane fans aren’t purchasing Action or Superman and that will probably not change.  These ‘superbooks’ have had ever decreasing orders each month and if executive-interferring creative decisions continue to rule over what fans want, they will continue to fail.  Action and Superman are dangerously close to the 40,000 mark of iconic books going bad sales-wise.  With the decision to double down on the fauxmance and bring Lana in as a substitute Lois, book orders are just going to continue their plummet.

But fear not, there is some light . . . surprisingly from a unexpected source.   Tom Taylor, writer of Injustice: Gods Amongst Us, is now writing Earth 2 – and to his credit and perhaps his redemption in Lois Lane fans’ eyes, he is bringing Lois back from the dead.  No, not as a zombie — that’s Johns’ thing.  In Earth 2, Clark and Lois were married (as were Bruce and Selina, who had a child), Darkseid came and killed Lois (we’re not sure what happened to Selina).  Superman ‘died’ thinking his Lois was dead.  (a moment of bereavement for one and all)   BUT . . . (yep, there’s another one) . . . as we know death is a plot device in comics.

Superman has been Darkseided and has returned to Earth (2).  Some fans may recall 1989’s Action Annual which had a similar premise.  Earth 2’s story will be better.  We recommend it.  Here’s a quote from Taylor’s interview with USAToday on November 5th:

A new female Red Tornado is in town, too, and is going to be integral to the whole world and the coming war, Taylor says. “People will probably understand exactly how important Red Tornado is by the end of page 5. As far as I was concerned, Superman couldn’t come back without this.”

And here she is.  A gynoid (female android) who can transform to human, not your Ma Hunkle, but we’ll take it.

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So Lois fans do have some books to consider even if they are not the ‘superbooks.’   Superman Unchained (which will probably end in March, 2014 unless Lee pushes it back farther), Earth 2 (Lois possibly as the resurrected hope), Smallville Season 11, and sometimes the Adventures of Superman (digital first).   And then there’s the one-shot in February, 2014.  Yes, yes, I know you want MORE!

Fight the powers!  Fight the powers that be!  (Everybody dance)  DC Entertainment seems to be determined to yet again leave money on the table.  Why?  Who the hell knows?!  So what can we do about it?

We know from Dan Didio, because of the success of the #LoisLane75yrs tweet-a-thon, DCE ‘caved’ and gave us the Lois Lane: A Celebration of 75 Years book, due out November 26th.  Have you pre-ordered yours yet?  Some of the story selections for the book are a bit ‘strange’ but amazingly, the stories in the Superman 75 years book are often Lois related.   So think about getting both, but definitely the Lois one.

Also Didio told us that after ‘a couple of bad stories’ they would start building up Lois Lane and that he thought ‘they’ had pushed Lois down too far.  So maybe the one shot and it’s earlier release date is because he, at least, has heard the fans.  But why stop there?

If DCE caved once, they’ll do it again.  Let’s make our DEMANDS loud and clear.  They can keep their damn superbooks with the non-Lois (and thus, non-Superman mythos) stories.  Let them fail.  But . . .

WE WANT A LOIS LANE ONGOING SERIES!!!

Make DCE cave by making Lois Lane #1 a smash hit!  Show them they continue to leave money on the table.  DCE is a business and how do businesses profit and stay afloat?  By giving the consumers (that’s us) what they want.

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LOIS STORY IN SUPERMAN ANNUAL #2

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Despite the fact, Brainiac is on the cover, Superman Annual #2 is a Lois Lane, investigative reporter story. Spanning five years including when Metropolis was invaded by The Collector (Grant Morrison’s Action Comics), we see some of the residual effects of that event in the present time.

Preview pages of this Scott Lobdell story with art by Dan Jurgens (Death of Superman, creator of Doomsday and Booster Gold) showed a Lois Lane dying from a fall.   Fans were upset as this would be the sixth time a dying or dead Lois has been used in the past two years.   Soap opera much?   Lois has been used as death fodder to help the fauxmance along.

One unusual thing about this annual is that it is not a stand alone.  It is part of a story arc concerning a Psi War.  Lobdell is currently writing both Superman and Action Comics (after Andy Diggle left).   Lobdell probably needed the panel space before Greg Pak takes over Action in #25.

Despite Lobdell’s previous use of narration boxes from some omniscient non-vested entity, we see and ‘hear’ this story from Lois’ perspective.  It appears to be a solid story and hopefully Lobdell can continue this quality throughout this arc.  We just wish Lobdell would quit TELLING us stuff that happened with Clark/Superman and Lois in the five year gap — we’d like to SEE it!

This is the best and truly first time we see Superman come to Lois’ rescue in the new 52.  In fact, it may be the most interaction they have had since the reboot.  Jurgens continues to make us feel what happens between these two ICONIC characters.  (Caps for Didio’s benefit.)

Scott Lobdell has made Lois Lane the mother of her and Clark’s son, Jonathon Kent (from the future) and Connor Kent (Superboy).  In fact, she is Kon’s double mother, in that Connor not only has Jon’s DNA but also another set of DNA from Lois and Clark.  Clark’s was taken when he was tortured by the military in early issues of new 52 Action and Lois . . . we never were told when Harvest (the villain) took her DNA.   Since Superboy has psionic powers, is it possible that Lois’ blood was obtained sometime after the events in this issue?

The Superman books under Lobdell have been a chaotic mess, not only writing wise but also editorially.  DCE definitely has its problems with hodge-podging stories while ‘getting them out on time.’  And with their fierce ‘scrutiny’ of Superman’s story and lack of planning, this makes reading these books . . . painful.

Currently, there are only three Superman related books that give us enjoyment every time.  Superman Unchained by Scott Snyder, Smallville Season 11 by Bryan Q Miller and Adventures of Superman by various creators.  Check them out!

Greg Pak is currently writing Batman/Superman and has included Earth 2 Lois Lane (married to Superman) in the story.  Unfortunately, with the fauxmance bias, readers got panels of Wonder Woman stabbing a Lois.  Pak says he enjoys writing Lois.  Let’s hope he is able to enjoy writing her when he takes over Action in the late fall.

One book we hope that Lois Lane does not appear in is the Superman/Woman Wonder book.  Or better known by fans as, “the book that shall not be named.”  With DCE’s consistent killing of Lois Lane, we can foresee them totally throwing Lois under the bus in this book just to make Diana be the ‘prize winner’ of Superman.  It’s what little boys do when they get together and talk trash about girls.

Will we see more Lois in the future?  Perhaps, but more likely, perhaps not.  In September, there is Villains Month.  The evil ones win the Trinity War (oops, did I say that outloud?) but that’s not all folks.  From October to March we get to see Forever Evil.  (Forever in comic book stories is only 6 months long).  That’s right, if you read superhero comics to see good triumph over evil, save yourself some money and buy Christmas and Valentine presents.  Evil is going to rule the DCU from now on (or at least until tax time).

Is it a coincidence the book that shall not be named kicks off the Forever Evil arc?

Superman needs to get his act together and pursue Lois Lane or the entire world will end . . . period.

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April 18th marks the 75th anniversary of Action Comics #1, which made its debut in 1938 featuring Superman and Lois Lane. Before Lex Luthor, Perry White, Jimmy Olsen, Ma and Pa Kent, Krypton, The Daily Planet, and flight, there was Lois Lane. For most of Superman’s 75 years he has loved Lois Lane, and in the process generations have fallen in love with her too. Through countless incarnations—both in print, animation, and live action—Lois Lane has proven herself as a HERO in her own right, an INSPIRATION, and a ROLE MODEL.

Unfortunately, it appears as if DC Comics is poised to ignore Lois in their celebration of Superman’s 75th anniversary. Variant covers designed to honor Superman and his mythos have been announced. While Lex Luthor is guaranteed his own cover, co-publisher Jim Lee has said there’s only the possibility Lois will appear on a cover, and if she does Lee says it will probably have to include Jimmy and Perry (who both have less longevity and significance than Lois Lane) because he’s not sure a cover with her would sell and DC Comics is too focused on promoting the Superman and Wonder Woman relationship to let Lois share their transitory spotlight.

The premiere female of the Superman mythology DESERVES BETTER than to have her legacy ignored or shared with lesser supporting characters. She deserves RESPECT. To show DC Comics that Lois Lane is a legend in her own right, please tweet #LoisLane75yrs from 7-9pm on Thursday, April 18.

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SUPERMAN 14: THE BEGINNING EMBERS OF CLOIS?

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This is the very first page of Scott Lobdell’s Superman #14.  Here is the narration that accompanies it:

Her name is LOIS LANE. She is an Army brat made good. 

Not even thirty and she’s already won her first Pulitzer.

The nightly news magazine she executive produces on GBS has been nominated for an Emmy.

She’s as comfortable interviewing the President in the White House – as she is filing from behind enemy lines in Quaraq.

Let’s just say there is only one Lois Lane and leave it at that.

As her best friend, he has seen her at her best and at her worst.

As Superman, he’s caught her in his arms while she suffered from hypothermia at 40,000 feet.

As Clark Kent , he escorted her to the last royal wedding where she committed the international faux pas of looking better than the bride.

No matter how many times he lays eyes on her – even as he does here with his x-ray vision –

He’s always taken aback at the realization that Lois Lane is the most amazing woman he has ever met.

The new 52 Clark/Superman doesn’t have the introspective self awareness to be saying or thinking this . . . yet.  It is not an editor’s note.  But it is a glimmer of hope for Lois Lane fans.  And fans for the iconic triangle-for-two.

Lois is amazing — and in these first few pages of this issue, she is the mature one in the room.  A character that has always moved forward (inspiring a super man), she is taking a very important step in her life.  Her sometimes boyfriend is moving in with her.  Is it true love?  Doubt it.  But Lois Lane does not pine and we know how she is in the patience department.  There is only one person she has every been patient with — and that’s Clark.  But five years of patience with no pay off — yea, a woman needs to move on.

Matt Idelson, DC Editor, said this  —

“Clark most definitely has feelings for Lois, but he not only sees her as unattainable, but also unavailable.”

“Clark does indeed have feelings for Lois, unrequited though they might seem to be.”

“My hope is that ultimately, we’ll all look back . . . and see that without Lois in his life, that human representation is something he had to grow towards, and that the absence of Lois in his romantic life held him back.”

Why does Clark think she is unattainable and unavailable (before she hooked up with Jonathan)?  Because of the fauxmance bullship playing out in Justice League.  DC Comics decided Superman’s marriage in the previous universe had to go — it made him unrelatable and boring.  Better to have him in a love triangle. (Where in the hell did I put those puke buckets from Season 7 of Smallville?)  So Superman has been kissing the available Wonder Woman perhaps while under the influence of  magical parasitic lesser gods who feed off loneliness and grief of the living–five years after they met.  One of their kisses showed up in Superman 14 beside Clark and Lois arguing.  (Bangs around closet looking for puke buckets and anger meds)  That’s the bad news which fans will be uncomfortably enduring over the next few months.

Now for some good news (or speculation).  Clark Kent/Superman thinks Lois Lane is the most amazing woman he has ever met.  Just think about that.  (It brings up a whole plethora of questions about what’s wrong with this Clark Kent that he hasn’t made a move in five years — but that’s another subject altogether.)

What we may be seeing here is Lois is always Lois.  She may be the only character in the new 52 Superman story we can hold onto with any kind of secure familiarity.  She will also be an inspiration to Clark, as she has been for many years.

According to Scott Lobdell, Lois has dropped everything (her boyfriend and soon-to-be-invaded apartment) to speak to Clark about his leaving the Daily Planet.  Clark vs boyfriend moving in — she goes for Clark.  Promising!  The conversation that ensues shows these two don’t want to lose each other.  Lois wants Clark to return to the Daily Planet despite his aversion to Morgan Edge and Clark doesn’t want her to go to the next level with Jonathan.  But of course, they get interrupted.  *sigh*

Will we see how or why these two remain best friends (or more) — despite more crossovers, the fauxmance, and DC execs misconceptions of the characters in the Superman mythology?   Time will tell.  Hopefully we will see the fog parting by the time the 75th anniversary of Clark Kent/Lois Lane/Superman in the Spring and Scott Snyder’s yet-unnamed third Superman book.

If Clark/Superman is the one to open Pandora’s box to release hope into the universe — because he has the strongest heart.  We Lois fans know it is because Lois Lane will have inspired him, opened his heart, and given him hope.  That’s our desire for the Man of Steel.  For him to become Superman and save the universe and inspire us.

In March, Andy Diggle will be taking over the Action Comics duties and has expressed how excited he is about writing Lois Lane.  We know that creators work under editors and editorial mandates — we’re anxious to see what this new writer will do with our beloved characters.

Take heart!  Clark Kent/Superman realizes Lois Lane is the most AMAZING woman he has ever met.

WHY A BLACK LOIS MATTERS

by Natasha Townsel

 I am a huge Superman fan. No, let’s get something clear: I am a HUGE Superman fan. I collect comics, memorabilia, DVDs of now-defunct Superman TV series, and any and all Superman movies, both live action and animated. I love Clark Kent because of who he is, not because of what he can do. The fact that Clark possesses all those powers, yet remains an incredibly humble man from the Midwest who just wants to do the best he can to help moves me deeply. I love that his entire purpose is for us as humans to use the abilities that we were born with to benefit humanity. The ultimate theme of this character is hope, not revenge, fear, or hubris. Clark believes the best in humans because he was raised by two of humanity’s best representatives.He believes in second chances (and third and fourth) and that there is good in everyone. He believes that all life is precious and will do everything he can to preserve it. Superman is the ideal representation of humanity and inspires us to be our best possible selves.

It’s not invulnerability or flight or heat vision or super speed that makes him the World’s Greatest Hero. It’s that Superman refuses to despair. He is a testament to the opposite, in fact. Superman is hope.” (Adventures of Superman #640)

When a man like this falls in love with a loud, abrasive, ambitious, and yet fearless, intelligent, feisty, and caring human woman like Lois Lane, it sends a powerful message to not only the women reading this book, but also the men. It combats the message that women have to stand down, shut up, and hide their ambition to be worthy of passionate love with a strong man. Lois is all of those adjectives and even more, and she is the way she is not only because she was raised as an Army brat and had to be tough as nails growing up in that world, but also because she is a woman in a field dominated by men and she had to prove that she was, not just as good as her colleagues, but better. Lois will throw herself into a potentially dangerous story (and did so long before Superman showed up in Metropolis), and the kicker is that she wasn’t just doing it for the story. She does it because she believes, wholeheartedly, in the right for the public to know the truth, she believes in justice, she believes in leaving no wo/man behind, and she is willing to die to make sure of that.

Recently, Grant Morrison reintroduced the public to Earth 23 in Action Comics v2 #9. I was excited about this book. This is an Earth inhabited by Black superheroes. Superman is a Black man who is also the President of the United States and his name is Calvin Ellis. There is a Black Wonder Woman (named Nubia) and a Black Batman; however, a Black Lois equivalent is nowhere to be found. In fact, when Lois does show up, she’s a white Lois from another Earth entirely.

Why is there no Black Lois equivalent on Earth 23? And what would have been so hard about making the alt-Earth Lois that does show up a woman of color? The truth is I don’t think Grant Morrison did this on purpose. I think he unconsciously assumed that every other Earth had a white!Lois and that he did not intentionally mean to erase the possibility of the human perspective in the Superman mythos as coming from a Black woman. But his unconscious default button is a problem in and of itself because it’s the definition of white privilege. This was an opportunity to show a powerful bond between a Black man and a Black woman in an iconic setting—and he missed it.

The reason I’m making a big deal of this is not JUST because I am a woman of color (particularly a Black woman and one who has not made it a secret just how much the Superman narrative means to me), but because of everything that I said above about Lois Lane and what she represents in the Superman mythos. Because Lois is the human perspective in his story, and more importantly is what she represents to Superman. (And no matter how hard they try, this is something the new 52 cannot kill. The love story of Lois Lane and Superman is immortal and inevitable.)

Within the Superman narrative, Lois Lane represents the best of humanity and everything Superman loves about humans. Where Lex Luthor is the worst of what humanity has to offer with his arrogance, his avarice, his corruptness, and insistence on believing the worst in people…Lois is the spirit of humanity. She is incredibly flawed, just as we all are flawed, with her brashness and lack of verbal filter. But she’s also incredibly loyal and has a vulnerability that she hides behind a ten-foot wall that only a Superman could break down. She is a fighter to the point of getting in over her head, but she does it to fight for truth and justice the same as Superman does…only she does it without powers. She is his equal because she shares his ideology and is willing to die for it. Dean Trippe, the creator of Lois Lane: Girl Reporter (the best comic book that was shamefully never published) said it best: “the love story of Superman and Lois Lane is that of an incorruptible power meeting a fearless mortal.” Lois will risk her own life and not just for the story, but for everything that makes the Fourth Estate worth anything: freedom of speech, the press, and the right to information. Nothing is more important to her than the truth and the public’s right to it. She is the strength and integrity of humanity, and she is everything Superman believes human beings can be. And this is stated IN CANON over and over again and throughout media. Just as Superman is the symbol of Hope for the world, Lois Lane is Superman’s Hope. She is his anchor to this world and to humanity.

Now imagine if all of that was represented in a Black woman. It would mean that for (possibly) the first time, a Black woman was the center of a mainstream narrative as more than just the bitch/mammy/best friend/sexpot/token Negro. It means a Black woman would be the center of a mainstream comic book narrative where she is characterized as having integrity, strength, and sexiness without it being at the expense of her femininity or desirability. It would mean a Black woman would be the symbol of Hope for one of the most powerful characters ever created. She would for once be an example of everything good about humanity, a character who is worth fighting for, and who is worthy of the erotic love of a godlike figure that has married/will marry her again and again. She would be a Black woman who can save herself, but is nevertheless worth saving.

And then that mainstream narrative will be read by a mainstream audience that would see this Black woman represented in this way, and who knows, it might actually be a stepping stone to the creation of more Black female characters that also dominate a narrative, have agency and three dimensional characterizations. It hurt me deeply that Grant Morrison and DC Comics missed this opportunity to showcase a Black Lois Lane on an Earth inhabited by Black superheroes and where Superman was a Black man. It seemed clear that the issue understood the power of making Superman a Black man on Earth 23. But they lost the feminist perspective from the point of view of a Black woman and blew a huge opportunity. It’s possible they weren’t aware of what it would have meant to see a Black Lois Lane share that special iconic connection with a Black Superman. I’m not even sure they understand what Lois means to Superman’s narrative or to people PERIOD. So I’m telling them now; I’m raising my voice. And if you don’t think Lois’ skin color is a big deal in this book, then you might need to examine your privilege.

Natasha is also an artist/creator and some of her work can be found at http://natashatownselart.tumblr.com Specifically, Natasha is the author of an all ages Superman book, personally designed as a gift for the children in her family, to demonstrate that Clark Kent/Superman’s story of love and compassion is an inspiration to people everywhere. She recently presented her children’s book to comic book legend George Perez at the Superman Celebration in Metropolis, Illinois.

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.