Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Lois Lane #10 Review

Who Are We?

Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Mike Perkins, Andy Troy, Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 12, 2020

Lois Lane continues her search to uncover the truth as we continue our Maxi-Series, but what truth are we uncovering?  Previously, we saw a skull-faced assassin called "The Kiss of Death" go after Lois for things that she may or may not know, but Lois and Renee Montoya seemed more occupied with trying to get Lois' maid out of deportation, while also honing in on Jessica Midnight, the witch/Checkmate agent, who's looked liked she's been driven insane during the majority of this run.  So who's to say what will happen next in this story, but we'll soon find out at least for this chapter.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

For the majority of our story, we'll be dealing with Renee Montoya, Sister Clarice and Jessica Midnight as we take a strange turn into everything we've been dealing with to find out that these three characters and possibly more have been affected by the Multiverse becoming thinner and the different personas of these characters from different Universes have been unifying, making them not who they believed they are or making it so that they can't really remember who they were before........  Yeah, the explanation goes on a little long and doesn't really jive with what we've seen so far, not mention that Renee's explanation about the Multiverse doesn't really work for how the DC Multiverse actually is, but this is what we get this issue and sadly, it doesn't really seem to do anything for the story for what we're currently dealing with.  Maybe as the last two issues play out this aspect will mean more, but it feels mostly like a weird turn in the story that comes out of nowhere and doesn't feel needed.

Concerning the rest of this issue, we continue to have small interactions with Superman and Lois that really only goes over what we already learned in the previous issue, but since it's been a bit between the time that it's come out, maybe this will be a well-needed refresher for a lot of readers, but it's plagued with the same tropes we've gotten throughout, where Superman can't even finish a conversation before flying off to go save someone and it doesn't add anything to the story and just makes Lois and Clark's relationship feel strained to the point where when they do have time for each other, they don't really seem to like to be around one another....... at least for how it comes off on Lois' end.  By the end though, our story comes together in a plot that is about setting a trap for the Kiss of Death, but this trap may not have gone off the way that our main characters would have hoped.

All in all, the art remains something that I'm not a fan of, but thankfully, the majority of it isn't cast in darkness, like a lot of this series has been and while I'm a fan of Multiverse stories, adding it here just felt out of nowhere and didn't do anything for me in the long run, except for leave me with more questions because even the explanation about what our characters are facing in dealing with the Multiverse felt like it didn't want to reveal anything besides for abstract ideas of what things could mean.  Really, this series feels all over the place and even though we're continuing on with the plot of Lois Lane being threatened by an assassin, the ideas involved just don't come together as a cohesive whole here.

Bits and Pieces:

Lois Lane continues to be drawn out and unfocused as we move along to make our twelve-issue quota, but hopefully, with the new story elements added in this issue, it will feel like something worthwhile by the end, but for how out of nowhere and undefined some of the ideas come off here, I'm not expecting much as we go forward.  The art is a bit better in my mind this issue, but it's still not something that I'm a fan of and at the end of the day I just wish this was a series that I could really get behind, but each issue feels like a struggle to find the story.


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