Lois Lane #2 may not be as strong as its predecessor but it’s still well worth the price of admission. In classic Greg Rucka style, the series started off swinging, holding back no punches in terms of story and social commentary. Lois Lane #2 is a much more traditional Greg Rucka issue. It contains good character beats that serve as a major framework as he slowly reveals more about his plot. Things get interesting and we even get Renee outside of her role as The Question, which is exciting to see.
A Slice Of Lois Lane’s Life
As with all Greg Rucka comics, the focus is on the characters first and foremost. Lois Lane #2 demonstrates that while there is an ongoing plot with interesting real-world parallels and social commentary, this is really a comic about one of the most daring reporters in the DC universe. As this is Lois Lane #2, we have begun to set up a pattern that I’ll be interested to see if it continues throughout the rest of the series. While many dislike patterns, this circular way of telling a story serves the purpose of the narrative perfectly. Each issue is a day in the life of Lois Lane.
The previous issue had a very atmospheric opening that overlaid news reports with Lois writing. This provided a nice sense of journalism as sensationalism and the power of a journalist that is dedicated to the truth and the truth only. There was also a quick coffee grab with her husband, Clark Kent, where they discussed the public perception of Lois’ “affair” with Superman. Then, of course, a scene in which Perry White goes over the story with Lois and comments on her hilarious habit of misspelling.
These are present in Lois Lane #2, but that’s the point. This is what life is for Lois. Think about it, do you not do the same thing with the same people, day in and day out? I know I do. It’s refreshing to see a slice of life story that legitimately tells the story of someone’s life in a realistic manner. This also helps ground Clark. He is one of the most powerful people on the planet but cannot stop the way people are treating his wife. This is a job for Lois Lane, not Superman.
Greg Rucka’s Unique Voice For Renee Montoya In Lois Lane #2
In the last issue, we got the hint that the two Questions, Vic Sage and Renee Montoya, are working together in some compacity. With that great scene, Lois gives Vic papers and tells him to retrieve information for her in Moscow. Then later in the issue, we see Renee as The Question retrieving said information. But outside of these brief scenes, there was no interaction between the two or other people. Vic never said a word, and Renee was always in The Question costume. In Lois Lane #2, Vic is not present, but Renee is in quite a chunk of the issue and for most of it does not have The Question mask on.
Back in 2015, when DC had their Convergence event, Rucka mentioned just how easy it was to get back into writing Renee. He mentioned that her voice never really left him. That character has become so iconic under his penmanship, many believe that he is the only one that can right her properly. Look at the upcoming The Question Black Label miniseries, where Jeff Lemire stated that Renee won’t be in it as he didn’t want to step on Greg’s toes so to speak. Having recently reread Gotham Central for my podcast, Nerd vs. Nerd, it truly astounds me just how well Rucka steps back into writing Renee.
Her voice is incredibly consistent. Especially when you consider that despite small exceptions, such as Convergence: The Question, he hasn’t written for her in nearly a decade. The Renee in Lois Lane #2 feels just like the Renee from Gotham Central. She has just gone through some rehabilitation due to her alcoholism.
The Question’s Costume
Another great aspect I like is Renee’s very thrown together The Question costume. The iconic suit, trenchcoat, and blank face have been a staple since Steve Ditko created the character of Vic Sage. But when Dennis O’Neil took over and changed the character, there was a noted and fantastic inversion of classic superhero tropes. The Question costume was not a piece of clothing but rather just the Pseudoderm mask. Anything Vic was wearing was suitable for The Question to use, as the binary gas would change its colour anyway.
This resulted in a feeling that The Question was a very grounded book, which was the intention. While the suit and trenchcoat would appear from time to time, it was not “the costume.” It was just what Vic was wearing at work, in both senses of the term. By having Renee follow suit, it really cements The Question as a hero by necessity. Someone must always search for the truth and tell it loud and clear.
Lois Lane #2 Cements The Mission Statement Of The Series
Lois Lane #2 is a very solid issue, just not as good as Lois Lane #1. It’s great to see Renee in person again, outside of The Question. Her interactions with Lois are amazing. When reading it, I said that Renee and Lois are the investigative duos that I never knew I wanted. But now that I have it, I never want it to go away. This is going to turn out to be an amazing series, so why not pick up Lois Lane #2. I look forward to next month, as the solicit for Lois Lane #3 promises a great conversation between my two favourite characters in all of fiction, Vic Sage and Renee Montoya.