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‘Lois Lane #2’ (review)

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Mike Perkins
Published by DC Comics

 

Lois Lane is using her journalistic talents to uncover a global conspiracy. If that wasn’t hard enough, she has a litany of other problems to deal with.

The White House wants her silenced, Russia wants her dead, and the world believes she’s cheating on her husband Clark Kent for Superman.

Lois is a social pariah the likes of Tiger Woods. She remarkably takes all of the negative press in stride because she has to.

Clark is the loving husband who is eager to defend his wife; however, Lois won’t allow it because the greater good is at stake.

Clark, through his frustration, is amazed at the resilience displayed by the Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter.

As first, I thought including this moment was a waste of time since it occurred in the last issue. Rucka makes it work as a helpful reminder that Lois has the weigh of the world on her shoulders.

The banter between Lois and Perry White also returns; however, their dynamic never gets old. Lois is going to do her own thing while Perry tries to hide his fatherly concern amidst stern editorial criticism. Again, it never gets old between these two.

Greg Rucka does a phenomenal job of making Lois Lane the hero of her own story.

Lois working out of a seedy Moscow motel, secret moonlight rendezvous and confronting corrupt foreign dignitaries in broad daylight is reminiscent of a 70’s spy thriller. Mike Perkins’ artwork provides a gritty motif filled rainy nights, poignant window reflections, and bullet-riddled night clubs.

There is a sense of realism here that escapes the titular character in her husband’s adventures. Superman is never seen, only mentioned, which makes it easier to appreciate Lois Lane’s dedication to the truth. After all, she doesn’t have superpowers.

Rucka and Perkins work well in tandem to produce a narrative rife with guile and deception.

Rating: B+

 

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