Did I ever mention my first comic book ever was a Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane book when I was 5? And it started me down this path of ruin..uh I mean this lifelong love of comics not to mention Lois Lane in particular? (YES MOM! WE KNOW!!)
Today’s one shot reminded me of those long ago days when Lois Lane had her own title, and when she lost her title, she had a short in the Superman Family book. I’ve read a lot of comments from people saying that the reason Lois shouldn’t be married to Superman is that she lost her independence as a character and was never seen doing her own thing.
I personally don’t think that has anything to do with the marriage but with the fact that she hasn’t had her own book or even shorts in a very long time.
Single or married, post crisis she was usually (with rare exceptions, Funeral for a Friend arc being one of those) shown on page only in relation to what was going on with Superman/Clark. I don’t see that the marriage changed much of anything when it came to giving Lois her own storyline. It’s not as if it was anywhere near to what it was in those halcyon bronze era days.
Post crisis, I used to love it when she made guest appearances in Batman, Birds of Prey, and other books because we saw her doing her job. I always wished they had given her her own title post crisis or at least a Daily Planet one instead of the 4 Superman titles, as good as they were.
This current story is not dependent on her relationship status. She’s dating Jonathan but it could have very easily been Clark’s empty pillow beside her. The key here is we’re getting a story which focuses on her and what she does while Superman is doing whatever it is he is doing these days.
Okay, that said, I’ll stumble off my soap box and let’s talk about the story. First of all, I loved this issue. This was a day (or two ) of Lois Lane’s life as seen through her eyes and is why I wish DC would give us a digital first Lois Lane title if they don’t think a print monthly can be sustained.
Spoilers below so be warned!
I love the way she says this.
Ok but let’s talk about how Clark apologized and then asked if she had one. He didn’t get huffy, he didn’t mansplain, and he didn’t say “because your a woman blah blah bullshit”. He apologized and then asked the correct way.
How do you find someone who has spent a lifetime covering his tracks? You start with the urban legends that have sprung up in his wake. All of the friends of a friend who claimed to have seen him. For some, he was a guardian angel. For others, a cipher; a ghost who never quite fit in. As you work your way back in time, the stories begin to form a pattern.
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The thing is in Harry Potter’s books Hermione, Ron, Harry & Ginny were ALL part of same story from the beginning. It is easier for the writer to think in an alternative ending for these characters when they belong to the same story. They all were pieces of same puzzle.
Superman and Wonder Woman are not the case. Each of them have their own story and were created for different reasons, to inspire different things for different demographic targets. Specially Superman who is much prominent character than Wonder Woman, just look how many tv shows, movies and other stuff he has. Wonder Woman can’t become a supporting character of Superman story, neither can’t Superman do the same for WW books. DC tried mating him in the past, in alternate worlds, and that formula NEVER worked. Now the complete idea of the reboot was to tell “new stories” which they aren’t doing so much, and to gain new readers. But if you check numbers of sales you will confirm that they didn’t succeed on the task. Superman orders remain the same as it was Pre-Nu52 Wonder Woman is worst and she only has 1 book for her exclusively. SM has 4 books for him, each one has the writer’s own version of the character, so at the end of the day, readers have to deal with 4 versions of Superman and none of them are the REAL Superman, so new readers are practically non existent because they dropped buying comics who aren’t sync with each other. Who can blame them for not being interested in buying Superman when majority of new readers watched Man of Steel and when they turned to comics they found a total mess. No Clark Kent, no Kents, no Lois no Metropolis, Superman is now Superdouche who is dating the hottest chick on Earth not Lois Lane, zero connection to humanity, a very arguable moral core, so who is this guy?
The idea of the “powerful couple” started with that vulgarity of Superman: Women of Kleenex in which the author discussed the theory of Lois weak vagina and womb, his conclusion Wonder Woman is better “equipped” to handle SM’s orgasms because she is a magical being. We had Kingdom Come in which the author not only killed Lois but at the end we had SM & WW married and with children, never mind the author said that story was never meant to be considered as a canon for Superman stories. And since then DC explored multiple times killing Lois and SM becoming the villain, please read Injustice & Earth 2. How pathetic is that DC put two iconic female characters as Lois and WW battling each in the minds of fans, now we have people talking about strong vaginas (WW) and penis (SM) and how weak human women are, because that’s the message DC is sending to the new generation, that only physical strength and powers are good enough to start a relationship (I invite you to visit some forums and you will find out what some “fans” are talking about)It is same thing as to say beautiful people belongs to beautiful people, smart with smart, rich with rich, poor with poor, and in a world who needs more than ever a sense of equality in dignity this message is completely WRONG. No matter if the story is well written, that is not the point. Lois & Superman represent the best of 2 different worlds, the alien who was raised as a human and who struggles every day of his live to feel like he belongs with us, and the human who represents the best of mankind and who inspires and challenges this superpowered being to be better than he is. They collide together, they complement each other, they challenge each other, they are 2 halts of a whole, 2 pieces of the same puzzle.
Lois is the real Wonder Woman in Superman story, and no one can change that no matter how many times they try to re-write this, it will always come back to that. Even new generations as you put it, know who Elizabeth & Mr Darcy are, as so who is Superman girlfriend/wife, because these stories are being told no matter the generation.
Have a nice day!
this is why Lois is so amazing prior to salvation/lazarus she finds herself in possession of Clarks secret through unintentional means she doesnt pester clark she doesnt pressure him all she wants to do is help himshe understands the burden of such a large secret and all she wants to do is tell him she gets it but she cant so she does the next best thing she defends him and she does it publically she announces how much she believes in the blur and essentially Clark to millions of people and clark doesnt know her words are truly meant for clark the whole package but his face says it all from the surprised look in the first gif and shes always surprising him to his wonder and worry where shes going with her speech to the prideful gaze of love he gives her because she gets him she gets it all always has shes the one hes always needed and she shows that to him in all her actions because lois is amazing period
For me, bringing Lois in was quite a personal thing, because having to do such horrible, horrible things to her in Injustice, the first thing I asked when I got on the book was if I could bring back Lois. Then it was just a matter of working out exactly how. And I think too with an evil Superman on that world, you need Lois there. It instantly makes people think they have to come together. And she offers something that no one else does, and that’s hope. When there’s Lois, you have that possibility that she can turn this evil man around. And that’s something that we’ll be exploring. So, to me, bringing back Lois was incredibly important.
— Tom Tayor, writer, Earth 2 [x]
Well hello there, Lois
Superman VS The Elite // 14th animated DCU film
Personally, this is one of my favorite DC Animated films, everything from execution, to animation is top notch in this one.
Character design is one of this films strong points, all the designs felt clean, fluid and well animated. They did a good job of adapting the comic material into a good looking and moving cast.
Another big thing for me is that it’s a good film to showcase the idea of Superman, I see people constantly stating he’s a boring boy scout. Not every hero needs to be some brooding asshole, there needs to be at least one that is good no matter the circumstances. Even in the modern world you need a moral compass.
It’s a little departure from the comic, which is a good read, I suggest watching or reading in any order, both are well worth the time and effort to track them down for animation and comic fans alike.