Monday, July 6, 2020

Lois Lane #12 Review

Back Away, Nothing To See Here

Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Mike Perkins, Andy Troy, Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 7, 2020

It's the finale to the Lois Lane Maxi-Series, where it felt like we essentially saw Renee Montoya doing more in this title than we actually saw Lois, besides for those weird issues that dealt with the fallout of the Superman title and Event Leviathan, where it was General Lane's funeral and Jon Kent being all grown up and saying goodbye to his mother before he went to the 31st Century.  At one point though, this scattered title seemed to take focus on the idea of the Multiverse or something similar to it was fracturing and bleeding through to our own Earth, causing people to not know who they really were........ even though there was no lead up before this or any idea that the characters involved were acting any different than usual........ besides for Lois, but I blame her character problems on how Bendis has decided her character now acts.  Hopefully though, with this final issue, we'll get the answers to everything that this series has decided to throw at us and then quickly forget about, but I'm not holding my breath.  Let's check it out.

For this final issue of Lois Lane, we see our intrepid reporter click-clacking away as things that we've dealt with like the Russian reporter who was murdered and the Agger and Shaw murder/ hit on Lois Lane are played out in the background on either TV or news radio and it's so underwhelming that it just makes this book feel like it goes on forever while we just see Lois typing, walking, turning in stories, bullshitting with people and ultimately just doing nothing that feels like it matters throughout this entire issue.  Which is nonsense because of the idea that was opened up in this series that parallel dimensions are bleeding through and making people act differently than they should be, not to mention that the Kiss of Death was transformed into that skull-faced hit woman because of a love for Renee Montoya, but one that was from another world........... Yeah, it's a big concept, but one that doesn't make sense for the way that it was used.  

So what're the answers to the big questions that were asked in this series?............... nothing.  Things are happening, Lois Lane wants to tell people about it and all that we get out of this series is that Sister Clarice is going to open up a low-grade Sanctuary for people who may be affected by other worlds invading their personality....... the end.  While I haven't been liking this series since it started, I'm really disappointed by the idea that there was no story here and we end this Maxi-Series with no real answers and everything that began this series is tossed aside as just some random news report that doesn't matter in the long run.  Really disappointing.

All in all, I continue to not like the smudgy and dark looking art of this series, even though there are some stand out panels that look good, but overall, it's not a style I enjoy, but that's the least of my worries when it comes to this book because it doesn't seem to have an actual story.  Yeah, concepts and ideas were thrown at us about what this book could or should be about, but in the long run, none of these things go anywhere and you're left with no real answers to anything from this series.

Bits and Pieces:

For anyone looking to get any answers about pretty much anything that this book has brought up throughout its twelve issues better go look elsewhere because you won't find them here.  The art continues to be something I'm not a fan of, but it's still the highlight of this book where there just seems to have never been a complete idea for what this was supposed to be about and in the end, it's underwhelming all around.


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