The Scoop On DC’s New Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen Comics

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Superman’s Girlfriend Lois Lane and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen were two mainstay series of DC’s Silver Age. Soon, those characters will each headline their own books again — though we likely won’t get Lois scheming to marry Superman or Jimmy as “the Red-Headed Beatle of 1,000 B.C.” (Google it).

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The LA Times‘s Hero Complex has a sneak peek at Lois Lane by Greg Rucka and Mike Perkins, and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber. Both are 12-issue series debuting in July.

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Rucka, who formerly steered the adventures of another female DC icon in Wonder Woman, has this to say about Lois:

“Lois Lane is the best investigative reporter in the DC [Universe]. This is our truth, and this is what the book is about… [She] is often described as fearless, but that’s a mistake, because it implies that nothing frightens her. There’s plenty that frightens her; the difference is that it never stops her. She was like that before Superman entered her life, and so she remains.”

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At least from the descriptions, the two books will strike different narrative tones, with Jimmy’s being the more “fun and light and optimistic.” Lieber says,

“I think there’s a lot of storytelling power in the juxtaposition of the ordinary and the extraordinary, and Jimmy is all about that… [It’s] a chance to be funny in the world full of much larger than life characters.”

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You can get a taste of the two new series in the upcoming Superman: Leviathan Rising Special, as that one-shot will include short stories by creative teams for both Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane. More preview art can be found at Hero Complex.

If you’ve been enjoying Brian Bendis’s Superman work, and the world of Metropolis he’s built, will you follow these characters to their own comics? Let us know in the comments!

Kevin Sharp
From alternating Batman & Green Lantern as childhood Halloween costumes, to getting punched in my adolescent heart by Love & Rockets, to playing convention sidekick to the legendary Len Wein, I feel like the comics medium & characters are part of my DNA.


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