Greg Rucka and Mike Perkins are back this week with Lois Lane #10 and in the continuation of their 12-issue maxi-series, things get trippy. We’re talking multiverse-mind-bending stuff here folks. Gear up for magic, Lois Lane plotting on a new kind of complex level, and more.
Something this series does so well is showing how respected Lois Lane is and also how trustworthy. The characters know she’ll pull through on a plan or can be trusted even when she holds her cards close without revealing much. The character writing lives in scenes with and without Lois, which further strengthens the character throughout. Key scenes with Montoya help move the plot forward but give us a sense of who Lois is even when she isn’t in the room.
Fans of superheroes will dig a key Superman scene in this issue too. It’s nice to see the relationship between Lois and Clark continue to have the interesting togetherness in a moment, but also the freedom to allow Superman to rush off and save someone at a moment’s notice. It’s also good for a laugh or two as Lois’ hair flips this way and that mid-conversation and how casual it is for Lois to continue talking even though Clark has left the room for a few seconds.
There is some exceptional montaged double-page layouts by Perkins in this issue that help clarify what the multiverse is and how the characters are dealing with it. The idea is big and hard to wrap your head around quickly, but by the end of the issue, it’s clearer what exactly happens because of these montages. Lois is usually cast in shadow, but via her determined facial expressions or smiles, you get a sense of confidence that helps imbue her with heroism.
This is an issue involving magic, which helps explain how Superman can be in the book but also not help out. That’s always a bonus for longtime comic readers to explain why a hero can’t help. The machinations of this issue work quite well and it will delight those who enjoy a nice complex caper.