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‘Lois Lane #5’ (review)

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


One of the essential core elements of the character of Lois Lane is her unflappable desire to uncover the truth. A conversation about the dependability of journalists to opens the book as Lois finds herself being questioned about her integrity. If Lois Lane is there to make sure the truth prevails, who’s there to make sure she does the same?

That is the question that has always pushed Lois to great heights and encapsulates her investigation in this series. Attempts at her life, the public controversy involving Superman, and her son’s trek into the distant future would make anyone either abandon the story entirely or create a “friendly” narrative to keep the monsters at bay.

Lois’ research on children being separated from their parents at the border leads to someone willing to blow the whistle on the current White House administration.

Greg Rucka did a great job of translating a real current event and applying it to the narrative without taking sides on this issue. The facts spoke for themselves as Lois convinced her source to go public.

Renee Montoya’s Question is back in Gotham and beating up bad guys in an attempt to get more information on the murdered Russian reporter. Lois wants answers, but Renee is keeping things close to the chest so Lois can have deniability. Renee’s experience as a police officer and now vigilante crime fighter brings something to the table that Lois can’t deliver. A physical presence to combat those who want to stop Lois from publishing the truth.

Speaking of publishing, the banter between Lois and Perry White in this series is nearly priceless. It’s part mentor-mentee and part employer-employee with a dash of humor about Lois’ bad spelling that makes the short but heartfelt conversations highly enjoyable. This time, Clark is in the room and wants to say hello to his wife; however, it won’t happen on Perry’s dime.

Mike Perkins’ artwork was on fire this time around. Particularly during the moments where Renee is beating up bad guys for intel. There is one great splash page of action that highlighted Renee’s badassery while having a little fun in the process.

Overall, this is another outstanding issue that gets back on track with addressing the main story. Rucka’s slow-burn allows the story to simmer and take on a bit more flavor, so those crucial moments pay off in a significant way. Lois is about to rock the administration, and the high-powered folks in Washington will not be amused.

Grade: B+


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