After many years of not having her own comic, one of the best supporting cast members of any superhero finally has her own book. Lois Lane #1 is, in my opinion, a masterclass in effective and efficient storytelling. Greg Rucka’s classic slow, character-driven, grounded style fits so well with the character of Lois. Lois Lane #1 in many ways feels like a continuation of what Rucka set out to do with Gotham Central.
Socially Relevant Topics
In many ways, Lois Lane #1 feels like a day in the life of Lois Lane. Greg Rucka manages to balance multiple plots with ease and introduces many elements that will clearly be expanded upon. Perhaps the most interesting sub-plot that only gets a few mentions is the public view of Lois. She is married to Clark Kent, but in the public eye, she has openly kissed Superman. She knows they are one and the same, but most people don’t know that. So, you have this interesting narrative about how many people view Lois with disgust for “cheating” on her husband.
This feeds into the main theme of Lois Lane #1 and most likely the rest of the twelve issues and that is the truth. How truth can be changed by public perception, the omission of facts, context, etc. Connecting all of this to American politics, Lois attempts to get answers from a White House spokesperson about the separation of children from their families that have been detained at the border. In real life, the truth of this very real issue is being distorted by a man who believes that anything not positive towards him is “fake news.” Lee-Anne McCarthy attempts similar evasion tactics in order to avoid telling the truth, but Lois knows that the truth always comes out eventually.
If the story is about truth, then there is no better character to bring in than The Question. A character that in Rucka’s own words is “always in the pursuit of truth.” We have both Vic and Renee present in Lois Lane #1, which brings up some interesting continuity questions, pun intended. We will just have to wait as Rucka skilfully provides us with answers.
Detail Packed Into Every Panel
This is my introduction to Mike Perkins art, and I must say that he is quickly becoming one of my favourites. His attention to detail and emotion are spectacular. His heavy inks are evocative of frequent Greg Rucka collaborator Michael Lark. This really gives Lois Lane #1 a distinct look and flavour that has been missing, in my opinion, since Gotham Central. This is the boots on the ground, gritty art that tells you that you are going to experience the DC universe from a different perspective. Plus, as a massive fan of The Question, he draws both Vic and Renee with an air of mystery and style that they both truly deserve.
It’s worth mentioning that the attention to every aspect of this comic is astounding. The opening page provides us with a great introduction to Lois and what her world of reporting is like. Mike Perkins put tons of detail into every panel. But a special shout out needs to go to the associate editor Jessica Chen and letterer Simon Bowland. The sound effects of Lois typing were created by them recording themselves typing emails. This was just so that they could put in the correct amount and get the rhythm right. Astounding work all around.
Lois Lane #1 Questions Both Our World And The World Of DC
Lois Lane #1 is a socially and politically aware comic that takes three of DC’s best characters and puts them all in one comic. Rucka’s character-driven style, mixed with a gritty art style, provides an amazingly grounded look at the DC universe not seen since Gotham Central. I without a doubt believe this run will go down in history as one of those “wish you were there for it” runs.