For the past 20 years of my life, I've had a disconnect from a desire to read fiction. Everything I have consumed (aside from assigned texts in High School or College, or fictional works I've read with students I've coached), I've forced to have a grounding in the real world. Everything has been historical collections of documents, postmodernist theory, works of political science etc. Aside from reading Ready Player One 4-5 years after it came out (because I like nostalgia, and Cline's poetry) I cannot name a single work of fiction of which I've read for pleasure.
Which makes my re-dedication to comics all the more intriguing. I love thumbing through endless pages of Frank Castle wasting hundreds of agents of HYDRA or the coming battle vs the Quest Beast in the next Once in Future, or the chaos that Namor is waging in this run of the Invaders. These last two months of re-emergence in a cornucopia of comics, make me wonder, have I been missing a piece of something wonderful by obsessing in the throws of academia. I've now used reading several comics a day as my suspension of my focus on my daily classroom focus on politics, history and/or the "real world." Then, on a whim, last week, I picked up Lois Lane #1-3 after seeing this cover sitting on the rack at my local shop.
What can I say, based on my last review, I'm a sucker for an intriguing cover...
DC's new 12 issue maxi series by Greg Rucka with art by Mike Perkins focuses on storied journalist Lois Lane preparing to expose a dark secret the government isn't prepared to go public. In addition to hiding her husband's secret identity...she is now hiding her sources, and the true meat of what she is working on or really knows from her editor and her husband. While I am fully naive of what's going on in most of the Superman Universe (references to something that have been happening with her father and son in space?) this is a story I can really sink my teeth into.
After reading the first 3 books, I tweeted this:
This story feels like it is ripped straight out of modern times with the following elements:
All of these things are ripped out of today's headlines, with the added benefit of Superman, plus two versions of the Question (I think) which is weird, because I thought both: The question was dead, and I think there was a different explanation of what happened to him in Event Leviathan, but like I said, I'm out of touch on my Superman Universe.
This story is intriguing, and the art gives both elements of classic Action Comics-esque nostalgia paired with panels of media coverage, which looks like screen shots of modern news networks. I'd say that I was lucky that I stumbled onto this story, as it offers a clear bridge between my over-hyped obsession with academia, the fact that I have to focus on political happenings because of my day job, and my new found love of the variety of fictional tales I'm finding throughout the pages of my newest comics each week. If you haven't read this yet, do not walk, yet run to your local spot and pick up Lois Lane 1-3 and add future issues to your pull list, if your shop makes your life super easy each Wednesday!
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