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‘Lois Lane #4’ (review)

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


Greg Rucka removes Lois Lane from the trail of her investigation and allows her to be a parent this time around.

Jon Kent visits his mother in Chicago as the book opens with an “oops” shower scene. After cooler heads prevail, the two enjoy some quality time together before Jon delivers some major news about his crime-fighting future.

Lois takes it in stride while expressing how proud she is of her son. As close as Jon is with his father, he is even closer to his mother.

If you’re unaware of what they endured this year, the script and artwork powerfully convey how much they are going to miss each other.

The new Question and the original Question have their long-awaited reunion as Renee Montoya wants answers from Vic Sage. Rucka presents a tension-filled meeting that is engaging enough to add more depth to the overall story. Truth and fiction are two sides of the same coin. Everyone’s reactions are different regarding their position and involvement on the matter. Vic and Renee don’t necessarily agree with what current events have revealed; however, the threat of what’s coming could be enough to bind them together.

Greg Rucka saved the best for last when Lois and Renee have a heated argument about the truth. Renee wants all the cards on the table, but Lois isn’t showing anyone her hand. Renee gets the “You can’t handle the truth” treatment, which made Lois come off as arrogant. Lois doubles down on her declaration by stating she is qualified to determine who wants the truth and who doesn’t. Her unrelenting pride on the matter was on the verge of becoming a turn off until I thought about it.

Lois Lane has been keeping the biggest secret in all of DC Comics for decades. That is just one in a long of secrets she has uncovered over the years being the world’s most intrepid reporter. No one has more experience than Lois regarding who can and can’t handle the truth.

Lois Lane is truly a star of the highest magnitude under the creative stewardship of Rucka and Perkins. Through all the shadowy and familial implications presented thus far, the titular character comes off as a remarkable individual who carries the weight of the world on her shoulders like a champ.

Grade: A-


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