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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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.