Rumors are swirling in the industry that DC Comics is close to approving a Lois Lane series for its Black Label imprint.
Lois Joanne Lane is the undoubtedly the First Lady of superhero comics. Having debuted alongside Superman in Action Comics #1, she’s a long and varied history in comics, going through multiple incarnations, and at times headlining her own book – Superman’s Girlfriend, Lois Lane (a title that would never be accepted by modern comics audiences) – and at times featuring in her own solo features, such as in the Superman Family title and her back-up feature in the Daring New Adventures of Supergirl. Since then, while remaining a steady supporting character in the Superman books, she’s had several of her own solo one-shots and in 2016 was rumored to headline her own title as Superwoman. Unfortunately, that was only a tease for a twist that would see Lana Lang stepping into the role as the Woman of Steel, but that’s a story for another time.
Why is all of this background information important? Easy – currently there are rumors swirling around the industry that DC Comics is coming close to approving a new comic book series featuring Lois Lane – this time under their Black Label imprint. This new imprint – announced back in March of this year – is purported to bring edgy, provocative, stand-alone stories to the legends of DC’s greatest characters. Lois Lane, without any doubt, is one of their greatest characters, and a template for so many characters who came after her.
Allegedly, the writer of the series will be Greg Rucka, of Wonder Woman and Batwoman fame, who also has another title with the imprint – Wonder Woman: Diana’s Daughter. While details for what the Black Label Lois Lane book might entail, it is known that Rucka had pitched a Lois Lane book to DC Comics, but at the time, the pitch had not been accepted. Looks like this time, things could be different. Rucka himself is a fan of the character. In a past interview with DC Women Kicking Ass, he had said:
“Lois Lane? She’s the best reporter at the Daily Planet, and arguably the best investigative reporter in the world. She’s a woman with Superman’s courage, but without Superman’s powers to justify it. She’s smart, she’s stunning in body and soul, and she’d have to be, because Superman fell in love with her almost at first sight.”
Demand for a Lois Lane comic has always been there – she’s the DC Universe’s premiere bad-ass normal, and has deserved to be spotlit for a long time. There have been other past attempts to pitch a Lois Lane solo series – such as Dean Trippe’s Lois Lane: Girl Reporter pitch, but the most traction she’s had in recent time was in a trilogy of YA novels written by Gwenda Bond, where she was written as a tough, no-nonsense, snarky, investigative high school reporter with an eye towards justice and a penchant for trouble.
In the current comics landscape, Lois Lane-Kent is the wife of Clark Kent, mother to Jon Kent – the modern incarnation of Superboy – and off on an intergalactic vacation with her surprisingly alive father-in-law, Jor-El. While it’s likely that Rucka’s Lois Lane series – if approved – won’t focus on this specific incarnation of Lois, it will be interesting to see where he takes her and how he reimagines her for this new imprint.
As always, we’ll be watching!
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