Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Lois Lane #6 Review

Funeral For A Father

Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Mike Perkins, Gabe Eltaeb, Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 4, 2019

It's weird for a maxi-series not to have a complete story or feel like it forgot what the point of its story was, but weird is what we get with this Lois Lane series because even though Renee Montoya is kicking heads around in trying to find out if people are trying to kill Lois and there's something about a murdered Russian journalist going around in the background somewhere, this is the second time we've been interrupted from these boring aspects of the story to deal with things going on in the DCU.  Now, that's not necessarily a bad thing, you know, since I haven't really been enjoying this series overall, but it just feels so all over the place and I'm just having problems figuring out why we even have this series in the first place.  Alright, that's enough of that, let's jump into this issue and see what's what. 

A couple of issues ago we stopped the progression of this story so that Lois could have a night out with her son, who was about to go into the future and join a super-hero team and now we do that again so that we can have a Event Leviathan aftermath issue and deal with Lois' feelings about the death of her father, General Sam Lane.  Too bad, that Sam Lane has only really shown up a couple of times since Superman Reborn, where Lois, Superman and Jon were made whole and brought into the regular continuity because maybe if he would have shown up more, or if there was any kind of setup for anything, then maybe there would have been some actual emotions that were raised from this issue, but as it is...... I felt deader inside from this than Sam Lane.  

Hell, it doesn't even make a whole lot of sense either because we have a lot of silent pages, while we get to see a twenty-one gun salute, that should elicit some feelings out of me, but mostly I was trying to figure how Jon was back and why there wasn't more to do with Lois' sister Lucy than a couple of panels where she hardly says a damn thing.  We were told in Superman recently that Lois wasn't ready to "unpack" the death of her father and I guess that's because we were getting the "big" funeral and grieving going on here, but like Event Leviathan, it all just felt out of nowhere and it didn't do anything for me by the end.  

All in all, I don't know who this issue is for.  I don't know if there are any "big" Sam Lane fans out there that will weep at his loss, but the way this issue comes across from what we've been getting is that you're either upset that your story has been interrupted out of nowhere....... or.... someone who you see every now and again's father died and you kind of feel bad about it, but at the same time you don't because you know that they weren't very close and that he was kind of a bastard....... Personally, I don't want to feel either way and wish that there was way more setup to lead to a funeral issue...... that's just me though.  As for the art, I continue to think that everything is too dark and not defined enough so like the story, I didn't get much from the art either and by the end I was only thinking.... Well, only six issues left.

Bits and Pieces:

Maybe someone out there will be able to shed a tear for dear old Sam Lane, but as for me I didn't get any emotion out of this comic because nothing was really setup with the character beyond his small involvement in Event Leviathan and those one or two times that Lois and him fought about things that really went nowhere in any story.  So yeah, this is a bit of a disappointment in not only the story, but sadly in the art too.


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