Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Lois Lane #3 Review

I Only Have Two Questions

Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Mike Perkins, Paul Mounts, Simon Bowland, 
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 4, 2019

This has been a tough title for me each month because on top of continuing a status quo that I'm not a fan of, where Lois is living in Chicago and deciding that her and Clark have a special marriage where they don't have to be together, not to mention that everyone thinks that she's cheating on Clark with Superman, there's also this reporter angle to the book that I don't think has really gone anywhere besides for trying to be topical.  I do go into this book each issue though hoping for the best and that's exactly what I'm going to do here....... hint, hint...... I like this issue.

Alright, I have been a bit of hater when it comes to this title, but it's mostly out of boredom, not digging the art and also being mad that the real world is invading my escapism.  That last part can be a real boon for a lot of people, but it just personally turns me off....... That being said, this issue pretty much deals with Lois and Superman, while also doing its work to try and make a world where both Renee Montoya and Vic Sage can both be The Question.  Yeah, it isn't much this issue, but any writer that takes time to try and make the continuity that they're dealing with make sense in a reasonable way is appreciated and while I can't say that it will work out in the long run, from the little bit that's shown here, it feels pretty good so far.

As for the Lois and Superman bits of the story, which do make up the majority of the issue; you won't find a lot new here that you didn't already know.  That being said, it is shown here in a way that actually feels like the most accurate depiction of these characters that we've seen in a long time now and I actually really appreciated their interaction, especially because of the hilarious cliffhanger ending that we got because of it.  Yeah, Lois and Superman aren't the family that I loved them being at the beginning of Rebirth, but it's the small moments here where I can still see them as they once were even if it's in a new way and it can bring a smile to my face.  Funny enough though, there isn't much to this issue but it's my favorite one that's come out and beyond the Vic Sage and Renee Montoya bits, there really isn't any forward progression to this story and at this point......... I wouldn't mind if it stayed that way because these moments make this issue the best. 

All in all, the art still isn't great all the time, a lot of muddy, undefined looking faces and the whole book is entirely too dark, but the moments between the characters here really made me take notice of this book this issue because nothing felt like it was being forced here and all the situations that were presented were things that I care about in the DCU and look forward to them being defined in the future.  Yeah, there wasn't much progression here, which may bore some people who were really into the murder/mystery angle to this series, but the character interactions kept me thoroughly entertained and I couldn't stop laughing at the cliffhanger we got here, which also got me really excited for the next issue.  So yeah, more of this please.

Bits and Pieces:

I had a great time this issue and it feels like it's because this issue wasn't anything like the previous two.  The dialog and interactions were fun and endearing, while the side plot did it's job in opening up the continuity, which I always appreciate.  Yeah, the art is still hit or miss with me and I still think that the coloring is way too dark, but overall, I really had a fun time with this issue of Lois Lane and hope to get more like this as the series continues.


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