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"Superman: Lois Lane" is interesting but aimless

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Everyone's favorite Pulitzer Prize winning fictional journalist Lois Lane gets her own one-shot this week, going on an adventure sans Superman. For the most part. It's also not that bad. For the most part.

RECAP:

Lois gets a surprise visit when her sister, Lucy, busts in through the window of her apartment. Lucy's roommate Amanda has been taking some weird new drug that's caused her to have mutations; at least, until someone came and took her. Now Lucy needs Lois' help to find her roomie.

Lois uses some of her street contacts to trace the new purple drug Amanda's been taking. Eventually she reaches a dealer who resembles a human rat, when suddenly a helicopter drops by and takes them both away. Lois initially thinks its a drug cartel, but a man with an A on his face who calls himself The Agent reveals they're a part of a government agency.

The "drug," it turns out, is actually a fungus from a meteorite that landed twenty years ago. It was being tested as medicine, but it also had properties that blended two forms of animal life. Unfortunately, some junkies busted into a pharmacy where it was being held, and started selling it on the street, eventually making its way to two females. Lois realizes they means Amanda and her sister Lucy, and barely busts out with the help of The Agent, who just now is finding this out and isn't happy. Amanda and Lois get away on a giant flying mutant she figures is her sister's cat (somehow exposed to the drug), calling Jimmy for pictures and Superman for clean-up.

Back at Lucy's place, The Agent calls Lois and asks for discretion; he just wants to detox the mutants back to human and let them go. Lois is distracted though, when she finds out Lucy's cat is at home and normal. The mutant they rode home starts growling as she turns back into Lucy. Lucy, who sobs that she wasn't trying to escape reality, but wanted to feel special, and didn't know how to ask for help. Lois, glad that she got help at all, agrees to help her detox back to health.

RECAP:

Lois gets a surprise visit when her sister, Lucy, busts in through the window of her apartment. Lucy's roommate Amanda has been taking some weird new drug that's caused her to have mutations; at least, until someone came and took her. Now Lucy needs Lois' help to find her roomie.

Lois uses some of her street contacts to trace the new purple drug Amanda's been taking. Eventually she reaches a dealer who resembles a human rat, when suddenly a helicopter drops by and takes them both away. Lois initially thinks its a drug cartel, but a man with an A on his face who calls himself The Agent reveals they're a part of a government agency.

The "drug," it turns out, is actually a fungus from a meteorite that landed twenty years ago. It was being tested as medicine, but it also had properties that blended two forms of animal life. Unfortunately, some junkies busted into a pharmacy where it was being held, and started selling it on the street, eventually making its way to two females. Lois realizes they means Amanda and her sister Lucy, and barely busts out with the help of The Agent, who just now is finding this out and isn't happy. Amanda and Lois get away on a giant flying mutant she figures is her sister's cat (somehow exposed to the drug), calling Jimmy for pictures and Superman for clean-up.

Back at Lucy's place, The Agent calls Lois and asks for discretion; he just wants to detox the mutants back to human and let them go. Lois is distracted though, when she finds out Lucy's cat is at home and normal. The mutant they rode home starts growling as she turns back into Lucy. Lucy, who sobs that she wasn't trying to escape reality, but wanted to feel special, and didn't know how to ask for help. Lois, glad that she got help at all, agrees to help her detox back to health.

REVIEW:

This book was 44 pages long. I summed it up in about four paragraphs. I will admit to leaving out some flashback sequences that showed us the relationship between Lois and Lucy, but if I could leave them out, they should've been left out as well.

Overall, Lois Lane has an interesting one-shot. Margeuerite Bennett makes Lois capable, strong, and smart, and she unearths a fairly intriguing mystery. The problem is that Lois Lane as the star of her own book has one of the best supporting casts in comics, but they're squandered. Lane works every angle of the underworld with anonymous criminals and brand new super-secret-agent-heroes, and but the story with her family is far more interesting. Jimmy Olsen shows up in one page with a camera that "doesn't transmit" (Do WiFi and 3G come standard on cameras theses days? Without an airplane mode?), and apparently only calls Superman to say "hey, I found an alien fungus that makes people into monsters, please go fix this, thanks!" Olsen and Supes are icons just about everybody knows, and they're just cameos.

I would've preferred to see more about Lois' family past. After all, the book opens with her and Lucy speaking their own hybrid of Spanish and German before a helicopter crashes nearby. Then Lois remembers talking about helping to raise Lucy after their mother dies. From what, I don't know, there are giant rat people on a boat getting tranquilized, pay attention I guess.

Speaking of which, the alien drug plot wasn't that bad. I sound like I'm being harsh, but it really was interesting. The Agent seems cool, a shadowy and moral man of mystery, and I'm sure this conspiracy could be huge. Which does bug me slightly that it's used for a one-shot. This could've been a great ongoing story, but it turns out the Agent was "just following orders" and Superman could clear it up in a few moments. This really was a job for Superman, but it was guarded as a story for Lois and wrapped up almost too conveniently.

While not terrible and actually a fun read, "Superman: Lois Lane" neglects a better story and actual supporting cast for an X-Files style mystery that Superman ends up fixing anyway. For the first time, I have to say a 44 page comic isn't worth the $5 you'll pay for it. Maybe next time, Ms. Lane.

This book was 44 pages long. I summed it up in about four paragraphs. I will admit to leaving out some flashback sequences that showed us the relationship between Lois and Lucy, but if I could leave them out, they should've been left out as well.

Overall, Lois Lane has an interesting one-shot. Margeuerite Bennett makes Lois capable, strong, and smart, and she unearths a fairly intriguing mystery. The problem is that Lois Lane as the star of her own book has one of the best supporting casts in comics, but they're squandered. Lane works every angle of the underworld with anonymous criminals and brand new super-secret-agent-heroes, and but the story with her family is far more interesting. Jimmy Olsen shows up in one page with a camera that "doesn't transmit" (Do WiFi and 3G come standard on cameras theses days? Without an airplane mode?), and apparently only calls Superman to say "hey, I found an alien fungus that makes people into monsters, please go fix this, thanks!" Olsen and Supes are icons just about everybody knows, and they're just cameos.

I would've preferred to see more about Lois' family past. After all, the book opens with her and Lucy speaking their own hybrid of Spanish and German before a helicopter crashes nearby. Then Lois remembers talking about helping to raise Lucy after their mother dies. From what, I don't know, there are giant rat people on a boat getting tranquilized, pay attention I guess.

Speaking of which, the alien drug plot wasn't that bad. I sound like I'm being harsh, but it really was interesting. The Agent seems cool, a shadowy and moral man of mystery, and I'm sure this conspiracy could be huge. Which does bug me slightly that it's used for a one-shot. This could've been a great ongoing story, but it turns out the Agent was "just following orders" and Superman could clear it up in a few moments. This really was a job for Superman, but it was guarded as a story for Lois and wrapped up almost too conveniently.

While not terrible and actually a fun read, "Superman: Lois Lane" neglects a better story and actual supporting cast for an X-Files style mystery that Superman ends up fixing anyway. For the first time, I have to say a 44 page comic isn't worth the $5 you'll pay for it. Maybe next time, Ms. Lane.

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