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.

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.

LOIS LANE GETS REFRIGERATED AGAIN!

The Bad News:  For those of you that do not know what refrigerated/refriged/refrig’d means, here’s some comic book history.   The term generally refers to female characters in superhero comic books who been injured, tortured, raped, killed, or depowered as a plot device.  Women in Refrigerators is a term coined by comic book writer Gail Simone in 1999.  It refers to an incident in Green Lantern #54 (1994), written by Ron Marz, in which Kyle Rayner, the title hero, comes home to his apartment to find that his girlfriend, Alex DeWitt, had been killed by the villain Major Force and stuffed in a refrigerator.

In the past seven months, Lois Lane has been killed off four times by DC Comics.  Within the story arc Flashpoint: Project Superman and DCU Online Legends and before the story arc in Superman Beyond.  These are all books that appeared just weeks before the New 52 launch.  The fourth title to kill off Lois is James Robinson’s soon to be released in May, Earth 2.  Fans will remember his World of New Krypton arc a year previous to the DC reboot where Superman wasn’t Superman or Clark Kent but Kal-El, living amongst 100,000 other Kryptonians.  Kal-El never thought about his wife, Lois Lane Kent, on Earth.   Superman wasn’t even in his own books, Action and Superman, during this time.   Sales plummeted.  The dual identity and the marriage were basically absent from the narrative, same with Grounded the following year.

In October, 2010, DC Comics had a writers’ retreat.  The main premise to get their juices flowing was how to put Superman in a love triangle.  Yea, married Superman.   In order not to destroy the character, they couldn’t allow divorce or even infidelity.  That just wouldn’t be in character for the true blue boy scout (which Didio/Lee/Harras consider boring).  So what were their options?  In the new 52, Superman’s timeline has been reset and he and Lois are no longer married.  In fact, they aren’t even dating.  Didio and Lee wanted to “ free Superman from his human tether” so they killed off Jonathan and Martha Kent and recreated a world without marriage for the reboot.  (Just ask the New 52 Barry Allen, the Flash)

But what other ideas flew around that room for Superman stories without marriage.  If Lois was dead, then there would be no marriage and thus Superman could have another love interest.  By the looks of things, this idea caught on and by the summer of 2011, three books developed Lois’ demise.  Now DC is introducing a fourth book killing off Lois, Earth 2, a world where Clark and Lois had been married previously albeit not in continuity.  Also Bruce Wayne (Batman) married Selina Kyle (Catwoman) in the previous Earth 2 and they had a daughter, Helena Wayne (Huntress).  Helena Wayne as Huntress does exist in the New 52 and she is from Earth 2 but ‘visiting’ New 52 Earth at the moment.  Soon she will be in Worlds’ Finest with Power Girl (on New 52 Earth) who used to be Earth 2’s Supergirl.   I swear I’m not making this shit up.

The demise of Lois Lane multiple times from the narrative is part of an even larger problem with DC’s new 52.  Wonder Woman will be the sole Amazon on Earth 2.  That’s right.  DC Comics has now killed off an entire tribe of women so Wonder Woman will have an edge, be darker, and be willing to kill out of vengeance.   Why do I say that?  Look at what DC has released for Superman and Batman concerning Earth 2.

“What would you have to do to teach Superman to kill?” asks EARTH 2 editor Pat McCallum. “He’s endured the loss of his home world, and now the Last Son of Krypton must weather the death of his soul mate Lois Lane. Just how far can you bend the Man of Steel before he breaks?”

“Who will Batman kill to save his own daughter?”– Earth 2 editor Pat McCallum. 

Batman hasn’t changed much in the New 52.  He still has all his Robins except his female one.  And apparently, his previous Earth 2 history hasn’t changed much either.  He has a daughter; we know that to be Helena Wayne.

This New 52 Earth 2 is very reminiscent of the Dark Age (late 80s-90s) that preceded it.  BUT this new 52 era seems to be horribly misogynist.  Killing off Lois Lane, all of the Amazons (save one) and possibly Catwoman to make the Trinity kill is beyond dark.  It’s an abomination.  Especially since the previous Earth 2 gave us so much character development using the Golden Age character origins.

DC Comics’ present administration not only has a public relations, but a mindset problem with female characters, females in general and its female readership.  In a recent survey, more than 20% of the New 52 readership were identified as female.  DC never stated that fact.  The boys club at DC can’t get their heads out of  . . . the sand.  They want a male 14 to 34 target audience even if they have to spin doctor the numbers to meet that goal.  The New 52 was initiated for new readers.  Only 2% on the survey were identified as new readers.  That means 98% were returning or loyal readers.  At least 20% of those are female.  What happens if DC persists in this anti-female influence attitude?  What if one-fifth or more of their readers say, “Enough is enough?”  Who do they replace them with?  Not new readers, that’s for sure.

Killing off Lois Lane to make Superman dark, edgy, willing to kill is not the way to go with a character who is known as an inspiration of hope to us all which encourages us to aspire.  Do I think Robinson can pull it off?  Have you read WONK?  Year long, emotionless slug fest killing off 100,000 Kryptonians? ( I haven’t read his Starman which people say is good, but that’s not Superman and it was written in 1994.)

And now for the Good News:  Shortly after the Smallville series finale, Bryan Q. Miller, Executive Story Editor & writer, also author for Stephanie Brown as Batgirl in the comics, approached TPTB at DC Comics on doing a Smallville Season 11 comic.  Since they were trying to get the New 52 launched later that summer, it was shelved.  Later Geoff Johns was approached with the idea and he gave the green light.  Geoff is the Chief Creative Officer at DC Entertainment and had written four episodes of Smallville from seasons 7 to 10.  (Read his new 52 Aquaman.  He has Orin married to Mera and it reads like Clark and Lois.)   Smallville Season 11 will be a digital first comic, being released April 13th; a Friday, the same day Smallville last aired.  For more information on how to purchase, download, or get the print compilation version, click on our sister site, OSCK.

Let’s show our Lois Lane (and the rest of the DC sisterhood) some love by supporting Smallville Season 11.  If only 10% of Smallville’s viewership purchase the comic, it will out sell the top 3 new 52 comics.  So let’s get busy.  Support Lois Lane, Clark Kent, and Superman.  Let’s prove Bryan Q. Miller and Geoff Johns right.  Let’s break the boys club mentality at DC Comics.   Let’s show them the true future of comic books and its superhero characters.