Title: Lois Lane (2019- ) #1
Words: Greg Rucka
Art: Mike Perkins
Colors: Paul Mounts
Published: July 3, 2019
Publisher’s Summary: On the road and out of Metropolis—and carrying a secret that could disrupt Superman’s life—Lois Lane embarks on a harrowing journey to uncover a threat to her husband and a plot that reaches the highest levels of international power brokers and world leaders. Critically acclaimed and best-selling author Greg Rucka and master storyteller Mike Perkins team up for a tale of conspiracy, intrigue and murder that pushes even Lois to her limits.
The world has become a complicated place as international conspiracy settles into Metropolis. Lois Lane is behind the scenes, tracking down the anonymous threat that plagues her husband, and potentially her country. With so much on the line, can Lois uncover the truth in time or will she become another soundbite in the growing white noise of journalism?
Greg Rucka writes a politically charged masterpiece in Lois Lane (2019-) #1, reinventing Lois’s character as a hard-nosed, no-nonsense investigative journalist. Writing in a film noir style, Rucka crafts a narrative that overlays current events onto the DC narrative. The parallels Rucka draws between our own time and the DC Universe are unmistakable. From characters to events to the unending news reels playing in the background, Rucka crafts a world that blurs the lines between fact and fiction.
At the center of this developing story is Lois, but she’s not the mild-mannered, spunky reporter we remember. Rucka writes Lois with an edge we haven’t seen before, she’s fearless and fierce in her pursuit for the truth. In doing so, Rucka elevates Lois’ character, placing her in the ranks of journalistic greats such as Walter Cronkite. When journalistic integrity is questionable and fake news floods the internet, Rucka’s Lois Lane stands as a symbol of hard-nosed journalism, a reminder that we should all be searching for answers.
In assembling this new image of Lois Lane, Mike Perkins and Paul Mounts create detailed, gritty, and dark panels to give the issue that old school, detective feel. There’s a serious and somber undertone to the issue that comes through in Mounts colors, with his dark tones and shaded panels. I’d also like to take a moment to praise Mike Perkins’ cover design. There’s a Sin City feel to the image that puts the reader in the right state-of-mind.
Lois Lane (2019-) #1 is packed with conspiracy and international intrigue. Greg Rucka offers readers a Lois Lane like we’ve never seen, in a story too close to fact to be purely fiction. Rucka’s Lois Lane is the hero we all need.