Lois Lane’s new ongoing series has been a hit thus far. It’s been a strong political thriller featuring fan favorite characters making long awaited appearances. Written by Greg Rucka, penciled and inked by Mike Perkins, colored by Gabe Eltaeb, and lettered by Simon Bowland, Lois Lane fills a unique space in DC’s line and brings something fresh to their usual output. While previous issues have had to deal with the fallout of events happening in other Superman books, Lois Lane #7 gets things back on track to the main plot.
A major portion of this issue is dedicated to the relationship between Lois Lane and Superman. Readers know that Superman and Clark are the same person, and that Clark is just about to reveal his identity to the world. But to the denizens of the DC Universe, seeing Lois kiss Superman would lead them to believe she is having an affair. The book has done an excellent job showing how the world treats Lois far worse for this than Superman. Lois has experienced many crude remarks and has no shortage of people talking about her, while Superman has received little to no blame. This issue features Renee Montoya learning of the apparent relationship between Lois and Superman. The situation provides great character moments for both Renee and Lois, characters Rucka’s had a strong grasp on since the book’s start.
Rucka has also taken the opportunity to revisit DC characters that were lost in the shuffle since his last DC books. Renee Montoya is back as the Question and is a main character of this book. Vic Sage also appeared for a short bit several issues ago, with Rucka restoring him to his Pre-New 52 incarnation. With this issue, Rucka begins to tease even further. While he hasn’t fully delved into it yet, fans of Rucka’s Checkmate may have something to look forward to. Despite often having to work with whatever is currently happening in Superman’s status quo, Rucka’s been able to pull in a lot of his older material. It’s worth checking out for fans of these characters.
The art of this book has been strong throughout, especially during nighttime scenes. Every time there’s a scene in the city at night, the book looks incredible. Perkins does his own inking, and his heavy style works great for giving buildings a dark and imposing feel. Shadows and darkness throughout the book look exceptionally great. Eltaeb’s colors work very will in similar scenes. He provides the perfect amount of light to contrast the blackness of the city buildings, and he gives the sky a cloudy haunting feel. This art team is a fantastic choice for a political, grounded, mystery focused book. The art feels grimy and dark but blends well into the DC Universe.
Lois Lane has been a great maxi series thus far. For fans of Rucka’s previous work in the DC Universe, this is a must buy. Make no mistake though, Lois manages to hold her own as the headliner of the book. This maxiseries gives Lois the place she always should have in the DC Universe, standing tall as a solo act.
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